New Orleans Rolls On – eMusic Spotlight

New Orleans Rolls On – eMusic Spotlight by Kevin Whitehead:

“Not that New Orleans musicians need to parade local influences. On Jeff Albert’s quartet album One, released three weeks before Katrina hit in 2005, his singing trombone, traces of Cuban and march rhythms, horn conversations and a drummer who likes to dig between the beats all speak to New Orleans roots. But the context is thoroughly modernist. Albert’s closer in spirit to free jazzer Roswell Rudd than Freddie Lonzo, and alto and tenor saxophonist Ray Moore has a scalding tone and ear for modern scales. Bassist Edwin Livingston dances around ex-New York drummer Dave Cappello, who’s blossomed in the last decade, down by the levees. New Orleans does that to people. That’s why folks keep coming back.”