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New Orleans 2014 [no label, 1CD]

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans Fair Grounds, Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent, New Orleans, LA; April 25, 2014. Very good FM broadcast.

Chris Waddington, nola.com:

Aurora Nealand stretched boundaries and drew cheers at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014 with a show that bared her heart, her smarts, her virtuosic command of the soprano saxophone, her quirkily expressive vocals - and the charisma that brought a cross-generational fan base to the closing set at the Economy Hall Tent on Friday, April 25.

A glance at her band, the Royal Roses, also made it clear that Nealand has won the loyalty of top New Orleans musicians since landing here in 2005. Her sextet included pianist Tom McDermott, sousaphonist Matt Perrine, guitarist Matt Bell, trumpeter Dave Boswell and drummer Paul Thibodeaux. On Friday, those gallants followed Nealand wherever she wanted to go: through harmonic mazes and dreamy improvisations in free time; digging deep into Bessie Smith blues, and unleashing hot swing that filled the dance floor. Big ears were in evidence -along with some limber arrangements that steered soloists away from cliches.

The program included compositions by Perrine, Boswell and Duke Ellington - and some material that long has been a part of Nealand’s repertoire. She poured out soulful saxophone choruses in Sidney Bechet’s “Si Tu Vois Ma Mere.” She switched moods like a cabaret star in Jacques Brel’s 1959 hit, “Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me).” And she closed the set with a potent original, “The Ferryman,” which climaxed with the three horn players singing in heavenly harmony.

Oh, did I forget to mention that this was a “traditional” jazz performance? The tradition, it seems, is alive, well, and sprouting new leaves - just like 21st century New Orleans.

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Thanks to nolataper for sharing the show at Dime.

Front cover picture by David Grunfeld, posted at nola.com - Thanks!

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Track 01. radio intro 0:32
Track 02. C-Line Woman 4:46
Track 03. Untitled 5:49
Track 04. Ain’t Nobodys Business If I Do 6:48
Track 05. Old Man Blues 3:54
Track 06. Don’t Let Your Love Go Wrong 5:37
Track 07. Fort Worth Stomp 7:20
Track 08. Si Tu Vois Ma Mere 5:13
Track 09. Le Richelieu 4:38
Track 10. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me) 8:53
Track 11. When My Dreamboat Comes Home 5:44
Track 12. The Ferryman/band intro 6:51
Track 13. radio outro 0:15
67 mins

Aurora Nealand - clarinet, vocals
Tom McDermott - piano
Matt Perrine - sousaphone
Matt Bell - guitar
Dave Boswell - trumpet
Paul Thibodeaux - drums

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  2. Chuck Berry…..

    By harmon on Mar 19, 2017

  3. thank you, A.Nealand and this band are ‘trad jazz’ on steroids! Doesn’t get any better re: modern trad, and I’m not just saying that because I’m from N.O.

    By dr.babyhead on Mar 19, 2017

  4. James Cotton …

    By harmon moron on Mar 20, 2017

  5. My black mamba is dangling down to my knees but it soon gonna rise !

    By Rocco Lumumba on Mar 20, 2017

  6. Thank you for this. Always look forward to the weekend Jazz posts.

    By justdave on Mar 20, 2017

  7. She’s playing soprano sax, not clarinet, in the photo.

    By BillfromPgh on Mar 20, 2017

  8. I’m sure there is an obvious reason why the back cover lists a whole load of covers of early Blondie….

    By Hip O'Crete on Mar 21, 2017

  9. …really liking the actual content by the bye!!

    By Hip O'Crete on Mar 21, 2017

  10. Yeah, this is great but what’s up with the back cover tracklist. That seems to be a Blondie setlist.

    By BF on Mar 22, 2017

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