Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Book One

"The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra first took shape as a formal institution in a city more accustomed to informal ones, which partly explains why it found greater traction and purpose after the deep trauma of Hurricane Katrina. ... And the orchestra’s 2010 Grammy — for 'Book One' (World Village), its debut album — was understood as righteous validation. ... Its agenda falls somewhere between the breadth and seriousness of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is led by another charismatic New Orleans trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, and the rugged populism of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which held its own anniversary party at Carnegie Hall this year. ...  [Founder and director Irvin] Mayfield ... has the clarion intonation and relaxed power of his city’s vaunted trumpet lineage" (Nate Chinen, "In Anguish of a Storm, an Identity Forged," New York Times, 10/9/12).

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