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DR. MICHAEL WHITE ADVENTURES IN NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PART 1 CD

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Adventures in New Orleans Jazz is an exciting journey of sound which blends traditional jazz with influences and songs from diverse sources like Africa, the Caribbean and popular music from the ’60s and ’70s. Fearless takes on Bob Marley’s “One Love” and Paul Simon’s “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” help distinguish Dr. White as a brave talent whose intent is not one to keep alive the spirit of New Orleans’ jazz tradition, but to continually showcase its musical significance through fresh and inventive ways.

1. West African Strut (5:36)
2. Careless Love (4:50)
3. South African Medley : Pata Pata / The Lion Sleeps Tonight (6:06)
4. Basin Street Blues (5:51)
5. One Love (4:50)
6. House of the Rising Sun (5:36)
7. I’m Gonna Hoodoo to Get Your Love (4:48)
8. Black Stick Rag (2:50)
9. Haitian Celebration : Rara Second Line / Haiti Cherie (7:08)
10. Mpingo Blues (4:07)
11. His Eye Is On the Sparrow (5:40)
12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (3:57)
13. Take Me To The Mardi Gras (6:18)

Adventures in New Orleans Jazz is an exciting journey of sound which blends traditional jazz with influences and songs from diverse sources, like Africa, the Caribbean and popular music from the 1960s and 70s. The idea of converting tunes from other genres into the New Orleans jazz language goes back to early pioneers like Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong – who all contributed their own unique variations of the style. The original and traditional songs here are personal expressions of blues, hymns, rags and stomps common in early jazz repertoire. Using popular hit songs of contemporary era artists like Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley and Paul Simon is more adventurous perhaps because that material is rarely even considered in the traditional jazz world. The New Orleans jazz sound is clearly apparent in the use of traditional instruments, improvised ensemble conversations, and driving rhythms. A couple of the songs dig deeply into their influences by featuring musicians from Haiti and West Africa – giving a taste of authenticity almost unheard of in early jazz. The local musicians heard here are all natives and veterans in traditional jazz. Several are descendants of New Orleans musical families that have been active since the first generation of jazz sprouted up over 100 years ago. This musical adventure takes us through a wide range of moods, sounds and emotions to give an interesting and fresh look at the New Orleans jazz tradition. Hopefully it will make you feel good, want to dance and enjoy life. –Michael G. White