July 2013 CD of the Month
Wycliffe Gordon Dreams Of New Orleans Chesky Records
Due to his admiration for Louis “Pops” Armstrong whom Wycliffe considers his musical hero and main mentor, he has always had a soft spot in his heart for traditional New Orleans music, yet Gordon is a modernist able to swing and bop at the highest caliber. For his newest outing, Dreams of New Orleans for the audiophile Chesky Records label, Wy chose 15 songs from the NOLA songbook and re-energized them with his refreshing approach to the beloved evergreens such as Panama, Royal Garden Blues, Darktown Strutters’ Ball among others. Naturally, no homage to the Crescent City would be complete without When The Saints Go Marching In and Down By The Riverside. Gordon chose his accompanists wisely, he opted for the tuba instead of a bass played by the capable Ibanda Ruhumbika, trumpet by the veteran Jon Erik-Kelso, Adrian Cunningham is on clarinet and soprano sax while Matt Munisteri alternates between guitar and banjo. Closing out the ensemble are, Marion Felder on drums and a former student of Wycliffe, Michael Dease who chimes in with the trombone, tenor and baritone saxes plus trumpet! After you listen to Dreams of New Orleans don’t blame Wycliffe if you have an urge for some red beans' n rice, a muffuletta and pralines.