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.
Personnel: James Andrews: trumpet, vocals; Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack: piano, organ, backing vocals; Allen Toussaint: piano, synthesizer, backing vocals, percussion; Scott Goudeau: guitar; Charles Moore: bass; Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson: drums, backing vocals; Henry Love Vaughn: congas; Austin Davis, Flynn Forte, Kwame Johnson, Rodrick Price: backing vocals.