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James Andrews – Troy Andrews: 12 & Shorty
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2004 Keep Swingin’ Records

James Andrews on Trumpet and Vocals
Troy Andrews on Trombone, Sousaphone, Drums
Dr. John on Fender Rhodes and Vocals
Stanton Moore on Drums
Mark Brooks on Bass
June Yamagishi on Guitars

Cyril Neville on Vocals and Tambourine
Karen Grant on Vocals
Donald Harrison, Jr. on Sax
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux on Vocals
Damon Batiste on Percussion

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 5, 2009

This CD is a fusion of New Orleans ragtime and contemporary jazz, played with spirit and soul. The Andrews brothers, James on trumpet and vocals, and Troy on trombone, sousaphone, and drums, have invited numerous guest musicians to collaborate on this recording. The tracks are renowned ballads, a hymn, and traditional Bourbon Street blues. There are surprises here, as the Andrews brothers improvise on the anticipated arrangements, infusing them with current jazz appeal.

Notable tracks:

#1 – Bourbon Street Parade – Composed by Paul Barbarin. This track, exploding with Stanton Moore’s vibrant percussion, has the band on vocals with brassy bold energy. It’s informal and inventive in nature, and every bit of Bourbon Street seeps through.

#5 – Lady Be Good – Composed by George and Ira Gershwin. This straight instrumental track has lots of brash, pulsating musicality, with Troy and James saucy and confident on trombone and trumpet. The basic band of six keeps the tone and tempo lyrical and smooth.

#7 – Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Traditional. This track starts as a funeral dirge and then builds momentum with swinging vocals, thanks to James Andrews, doubling on trumpet. Cyril Neville adds tambourine, and Mark Brooks is busy on bass riffs. June Yamagishi takes electrically charged guitar solos, followed by Troy Andrews on a racing trombone theme. The band ends the song in fused dramatic chords.

#8 – Georgia – Composed by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. This track is intriguingly introduced by Mark Brooks on solo bass, before Dr. John is featured on Fender Rhodes, with surreal, animated results. James Andrews’ clear trumpet phrases and Troy Andrews’ hopping, jiving trombone add zest and zeal to this iconic song.

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