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Trombone Shorty : Parking lot symphony

Trombone Shorty

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UK release date 27.04.2017

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews earned his nickname by blowing a trombone twice as long as he was tall. Back in the day he was, by the very definition a child prodigy, leading his own crew by the age of six, and today, this Grammy-nominated artist-the crescent city crowned prince, takes it up a notch with his debut album for the veritable Blue Note achieving  just enough swagger that his raucous concerts readily contain.

It's a varied affair the beefy funk rock of The Meters' 'It Ain't No
Use' sets forth his mission statement-he's coming to get you and title track the uplifting, 'Parking Lot Symphony' shows his poppier side adorned with his resonant trombone and punchy horns plus Stevie Wonderish strings and chants that really cut the mustard on this well crafted ditty. Despite what other critics say about his carbon copy version of Ernie K Doe's 'Here Comes The Girls',I wholeheartedly disagree Shorty gives it a totally different feel with that glorious trade mark Nola street marching backbeat weaving in and out and behind the beat feel makes it uniquely swing.The live feel is fantastic too, horn heavy and a great vocal delivery from the very man himself a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music-a blinding version!

His band is a well honed unit too- led by a powerful rhythm section, a crisp funky guitarist who knows when to groove and of course a
delectable swinging horn section that you would expect from a man with such pedigree.Despite all the great grooves this album has it's still going to be judged on the songwriting skills of our Troy and having spent time in Lenny Kravitz's camp this is adequately taken care of as exemplified by the poptastic and heavenly sounding 'No Good Time'. As he rightly says, 'nobody ever learnt nothing from no good time'.Well good times are ahead for Troy and the boys this should do good business and despite America going through tough times and divide-Shorty's motto and creed is“Music brings unity.”And his music does exactly that hallelujah!
Words Emrys Baird

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