Great Album with Creativity and Sensitivity
Jones is the epitome of New Orleans trumpet excellence and his latest album
is one of the finest to come from the Crescent City. Hard to believe,
Leroy's incredible chops are getting more intricate and sophisticated ---
this from an artist who performs around the world with critical and popular
acclaim. Adding to his individual solos are the talents of brilliant
musicians and jazz artists who are outstanding in their own right.
Averbuck WWOZ "Jelly Roll Justice"
March 24, 2009
creative, cutting edge trumpeter Leroy Jones' latest, lush, lovely! project
is a collective of gorgeous standards, portrayed with his familiar, shaken
not stirred, artfully, articulate, soulful enthusiasm. Don't let his
easeless?(is that a word?), use of the entire range from the lowest
notes to the extreme upper register, notwithstanding his gift for
epigrammatic melodic phrasing, fool you! You will love the, bluesy,
"Willow Weep For me" and if, indeed, Life is Not Always
Fair"? by purchasing this album, the benefit you will experience
from the addition of lush strings to Leroy's honed horn and choice of
material, will open you to a new language and dimension in his career - you
will truly experience life to be sweeter than a summer breeze. . . . . don't
get left behind!
Jones is one of the greatest trumpet players to come out of the city that
has produced more great trumpet players than anywhere else. Extraordinarily
accomplished, polished and poised as a musician and composer, he's also that
rarest and most precious of performers: a brilliant improvisationalist. It
comes from deep in his heart, reaches out to people accustomed to sitting on
their hands, grabs them by the gut and lifts them out of their seats,
applauding wildly. I've been lucky enough to have seen it many times. This
album is Mr. Jones' most refined recording to date. Gorgeously arranged,
flawlessly performed and altogether a joy to experience.
A Trumpet with Heart and Soul
Jones outdoes himself with his latest album. His commanding performances on
the trumpet are complemented nicely by his outstanding arrangements. Not to
be ignored is the A-list of musicians that he's gathered to be a part of
this album... all blending together with the subtle feeling and soul that
has become so natural to this son of the Crescent City. If you are a devoté
of Jazz or if you just want to loose yourself in music that transports you
to another time and place, then this album is a must have. Excellent in
every way... you will not be disappointed!
is a fine musician with good taste and a great tone."
Pulizzi, Managing Editor, JAZZIZ Magazine
March 30, 2009
CD is fantastic! I'll be programming every track over time. This is the
kind of project that every artist should aspire to."
Joseph, Smooth Jazz/CKWR-FM, Waterloo, Canada
March 29, 2009
A perfect album for the times
off, let me confess a bias -- I think Leroy Jones is one of the best trumpeters ever to come out of the city of New Orleans. His appearances with Harry
Connick, Jr. were the highlights of those shows for me and his string of CDs have been
just brilliant in experimenting with various themes and traditions in New
Orleans music. Having said that, I really believe this is his strongest
collection to date. A beautiful collection of traditional songs along with some
outstanding originals. This album works on so many levels, a great set of
romantic tunes with very lush strings that's a wonderful accompaniment to a
bottle and wine and candlelight. As well as strong, moody commentary on the
times. All the jazz greats had their "with strings" album and I put
this album in that category.
"New Orleans Jazz Lover"
beautiful for words
Jones is an incredible musician with his own pristine sound. I interviewed Leroy
on WWOZ and played the new cd and there were so many calls from folks really
loving it. Also the staff came drifting in saying they could not work as they
were carried away by the music... as was myself... Mary Pat vanTine, DJ for WWOZ