Monday, January 24, 2011

CD Review: Grammy Nominated Trombone Shorty's "Backatown"

The album "Backatown" is the latest release by multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty and is up for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album." Trombone Shorty has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz and Dr. John. The album features Trombone Shorty's trademark sound of funk, rock, r&b and hip-hop. No one song on the album is like any of the others, but together they make for a very interesting listen.

The album's lead-off song "Hurricane Season" dives right in with horns and guitars whipped together to create funk-rock perfection. "Something Beautiful" sound like an out-take from one of Prince's funk albums with a catchy bass groove. The album's title song "Backatown" plays out like a soundtrack to a movie or television show with Trombone Shorty leading the way with his instrument of choice. The band rocks with its jazz infused sound on "Right to Complain" and "Suburbia" before returning to a more traditional jazz sound in "In The 6th." But, Trombone Shorty and the boys can't stay away from the hard jazz/rock sounds in "The Cure."

"Backatown" spent 9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart after its release last year. Trombone Shorty will be hitting the road beginning in February and making his way to Connecticut on the 27th for a show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk. For a complete list of tour dates and album information, visit his website,

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