New Orleans is one of the country’s richest sources of traditional music, a city which pioneered jazz and the blues. From creators/executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer (HBO’s The Wire®), the critically-acclaimed HBO® series Treme® interweaves stories of musicians and other residents who are trying to rebuild their lives while also preserving the city’s unique musical heritage and cultural traditions after Hurricane Katrina. Releasing Treme, Music from the HBO Original Series, Season Two, offers a breathtaking sampling of the music from many of New Orleans musicians and other acclaimed artists that is such an integral part of each episode of the series. The soundtrack will retail for $18.98 and will be available for digital download.
GALAHER ASSEMBLES ALL-STAR LINEUP FEATURING BRIAN LYNCH, DONALD HARRISON, CRAIG HANDY, AND PAT BIANCHI TO SUPPORT HIS LATEST ALBUM
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As a follow up to 2009’s Courageous Hearts, his ingenious melding of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, New Orleans second line and straight ahead swing rhythms, drummer-composer-bandleader Towner Galaher follows a different muse on the aptly-named Uptown!, his paean to Hammond B-3 organ groups that played at places like Small’s Paradise in Harlem during the ’50s and ’60s. “It runs between all the usual suspects like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Lonnie Smith, but there’s also an element of Larry Young in there too,” says Galaher. “With an organ record people right off the bat think guitar, but this album has a different twist because it’s organ plus three horns.” Continue reading
As always, I’m excited to discover fresh, creative and innovative sounds. On this occasion, I just stumbled into this extraordinary and talented young Trio from New Orleans called The Bridge Trio. The group has already received International acclaim, this of course is among many reasons supports my theory on why artists of this caliber makes this journey a worthwhile one. —Rob Young | Urban Flux Media
The Bridge Trio (feat. Donald Harrison & Davell Crawford) -][- Self-Titled –MP3– [The Bridge Trio, 2012]
Blessed with the natural ability to blend the joy and youthfulness of their sound with the knowledge and wisdom of lyrics beyond their years, The Bridge Trio spans the generational lines between the old school jazz that influenced their sound to the new jazz-infused compilation of several contemporary genres that comprises their debut album.
Raised in New Orleans, one of the most revered cities for music and young talent, Joe Dyson, Max Moran and Conun Pappas bring their Southern roots and world travel to every experience chronicled in their compositions. Each member a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), the Bridge Trio learned at a young age the fundamentals and demands involved with cultivating creative sound from some of the city’s greatest musicians. Continue reading
Esperanza Spalding -][- Esperanza –Mp3– [Heads Up, 2009 | Review]
In recent memory, not many artists can claim victory to the promise land with a splash as the gifted Esperanza Spalding has conquered with her voice of duality as a bassist and vocalist. While petite in stature, as silly as it is some might let this distract them from paying attention to her music. At present, this admirable young lady retains her spot as an incomparable talent that transcends her twenty-three years beyond what jazz enthusiast’s might expect from her sophomore and debut record on Heads Up International.
On these gorgeous collection of songs, Esperanza’s signature swells with detailed and rhythmic symmetry combined with her adoring voice equals utter splendor to any listener who enjoys a potent injection of jazz coupled with an abundance of Brazilian/Latin music. Continue reading