December 17th 2009
I had intended to add this list of 2009 recordings by New Orleans artists. All but one were self-produced.
Louis Ford, IT’S ALL RELATIVE (www.fordmusicproductions.com) Ford is a fine clarinetist/saxophonist and the son of the late reedman Clarence Ford. Ford is joined on this disc by reedmen Charlie Gabriel and Dr. Michael White, among others.
Tim Laughlin, A ROYAL ST. SERENADE (Gentilly Records). Another clarinetist, Laughlin is the heir apparent to Pete Fountain. Several originals in this collection, including “For Pete’s Sake,” dedicated to guess who.
The Onward Brass Band, THE TRADITION CONTINUES (www.onwardbb.com). “Onward” is one of the most recognizable and respected names in N. O. brass band history. This is a special favorite of mine since I wrote the liner notes for it.
Trevor Richards and The New Orleans Trio, ECCENTRIC! (New Orleans Jazz Productions, NOJP CD-8). Drummer Richards has been leading fine trios for years. He left N. O. for Germany after being devastated by Katrina.
Kermit Ruffins, LIVIN’ A TREME’ LIFE (Basin Street Records 0107-2). Probably the city’s most popular trumpeter, Ruffins adds a number of distinguished guests to his band for this program, like clarinetist Evan Christopher, the Bonerama horns, and trumpeter Troy Andrews.