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Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses - Comeback Children (2016)

20-08-2016, 09:53
2016 | Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Comeback Children
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Anealandmusic
Genre: Jazz, New Orleans
Quality: Mp3 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks+.cue, artwork)
Total Time: 75:49
Total Size: 173 / 436 MB


01 - Jump For Joy
02 - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
03 - Old Man Blues
04 - Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
05 - Squeeze Me
06 - Toploulou
07 - Poor Buttermilk
08 - Flee As A Bird
09 - Limehouse Blues
10 - Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing
11 - By And By
12 - Indian Summer
13 - See If I Care
14 - Minor Drag
15 - Hymn 347
16 - When My Dreamboat Comes Home
17 - Day After Tomorrow

Aurora Nealand – Saxophone, Clarinet, Vocals, Piano
David Boswell – Trumpet, Vocals
Jon Ramm – Trombone, Vocals
James Evans – Clarinet
Matt Bell – Guitar, Vocals
Nathan Lambertson – Bass
Joshua Gouzy – Bass
Matt Perrine – Sousaphone
Paul Thibodeaux – Drums
Benji Bohannon – Drums
Mike Dillon – Vibraphone, Percussion
Charlie Halloran – Trombone

An eclectic, or probably more appropriately, multifaceted album by one of the great sound magicians of New Orleans. The tunes range from ancient spirituals through a dirge, an obscure beguine (correctly named as Touloulou) or Ellington numbers to a Tom Waits song, but any of them sounds timeless in the usual intense presentation of Ms. Nealand and her Royal Roses. Indeed, the work is the current response of the band to the question of why this kind of seemingly outdated music should matter today. Their approach integrates the musical explorations of the last several decades, involving results from jazz, rock and even classical experience. And the outcome is truly spectacular.

Part of the magic lies in the excellent work of the contributors, who can and will follow their leader wherever she decides to take them. They together rush through countless stunning solo and collective improvisations and continuously inspire each other; the interaction of distinguished guests like Mike Dillon or James Evans with Ms. Nealand and the rest of the band generates breathtaking moments rarely heard on studio recordings. At the same time, the music always retains its New Orleans character with its flamboyance, joyfulness and respect of beauty in rhythm and melody.
This alone would be enough to qualify the work as a particularly exciting album. There seems to be, however, some deeper element in the music of Ms. Nealand, as she is able to use her talent to make connections with invisible, unconscious dimensions in the listener, to cause some inner resonances, somehow resembling the addictive features of the music of such giants as James Booker.
The album goes way beyond the usually recognized boundaries of traditional jazz. It aims to be music beyond category, and in its best moments, it becomes indeed that. It is difficult not to listening it continuously, while I'm already waiting for their next musical statement.

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