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In honor of this auspicious occasion, celebrated trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith composed a titular six-part suite for the Golden Quintet, an augmented version of his long-running flagship quartet. Rather than simply attempting to transpose scenic vistas and natural grandeur into pure sound, Smith explains in the liner notes that he is more interested in the parks as an idea-one with socio-political overtones-hence the inclusion of tributes to the city of New Orleans, for its historical contributions to American culture, and the Mississippi River, conveyed as a stark ode to the victims of slavery. Comment?
He continues in that vein with America's National Parks , featuring another reconfiguration and expansion of his finest musical vehicle, The Golden Quintet-a small increment expansion of the revolving door ensemble, the Golden Quartet, with the addition of cellist . Smith's nod to the National Park system is a loose take on the subject matter. Comment?
While Frisell's oftentimes Americana-tinged work has, in the ensuing years, become more fully accepted for the wonderful music that it is, fellow six-stringer John Scofield is unlikely to find himself the subject of such purist criticism with Country for Old Men . Comment?
The road has been a long one for journeyman Isaiah B. Brunt, a triple threat songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, who has his own brand of blues. Brunt was born in New Zealand, paid his dues in Australia, and found common ground in New Orleans. Comment?
They're calling him the new king of the Voodoo blues. Unlike the old king, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Neal Black is white. Comment?
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced that the Stephanie Jordan Big Band will appear on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent as part of the musical lineup for the 2016 Festival. Big Band will appear on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent as part of the musical lineup for the 2016 Festival scheduled for April 22- 24 and April 28- May 1, 2016. Comment?
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