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.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!