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With Allen Toussaint and Dr. John backing him on organ and piano, James Andrews presents the kind of fun-loving music that takes place in Preservation Hall. Not one to employ etude drills or carefully-articulated tonguing exercises, the trumpeter remains loose and lyrical. Similarly, his singing has roots in blues and trad jazz; it's music intended to entertain an audience with good old-fashioned down-home charm. The supporting ensemble is stellar; besides the keyboard leadership, the band includes drummer Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, electric bassist Charles Moore, and guitarist Scott Goudeau.
"Sweet Emma," "Catch the Willie," and "Got Me a New Love Thing" represent the lead vocal style of Andrews; the band sings backup to his entertaining tales. "Banana Boogie," "The Old Rugged Cross," and "Going for the Money" represent the brassy, happy trumpet style of Andrews; the addition of growls and slight ending shakes serve to extend his emotive intentions. Like Louis Armstrong, James Andrews sings and plays the trumpet to entertain an open-minded audience. It's music from the heart of New Orleans, carrying with it the influences of a century.
Track Listing: Poop Ain't Gotta Scuffle No More; Last Night on the Back Porch; Latin Cats; Sweet Emma; Going for the Money; Got Me a New Love Thing; Banana Boogie; Catch the Willie; It's Only a Paper Moon; Your Mama Don't Dance; The Old Rugged Cross.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.