Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Leroy Jones - I'm Talkin' Bout New Orleans (2016)

New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones is recording his sixth independent album

The past few months have been busy for Leroy Jones; composing, arranging, and planning all take place long before the musicians step into the studio. His upcoming release, under the working title "I’m Talkin’ Bout New Orleans" will be recorded in January 2016 but planning for the album has been well under way for some time now. The final, welcomed push came from the Threadhead Cultural Foundation who supported the project in their fall grant cycle of 2014.

The total budget for the album is of course far greater than the Threadhead grant but the grant will cover a sizeable portion of the musicians' compensation. "Although I am producing the recording on my own, one of my priorities is to pay the musicians well for their time. This is what they do for a living, and you can't take favors and discounted rates to the bank," says Jones.

Consisting of original compositions, Jones' fans are surely waiting for the new album as it will be his first full length release since the 2009 "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze." A single, "Go To The Mardi Gras" was recorded and released in 2012. The upcoming project "I’m Talkin’ Bout New Orleans" will feature 10 songs, performed by different ensembles ranging from quartet to a sextet with strings. The personnel will include some of New Orleans' most sought after musicians and the studio team will be Jones' trusted duo of Tim Stambaugh and David Farrell. Most of the songs have never been recorded and all arrangements are tailored for this release.

Excited to be heading back into the studio, Jones says that he is "delighted to be able to create a recording with only original compositions, thus adding to the New Orleans canon. It is wonderful that cultural foundations like the Threadheads are supporting artistic projects that perpetuate the true essence of New Orleans music."

Preproduction should be finished by December 2015 and if recording goes as scheduled, the fans will be able to purchase their copies of the brand new album in late March. As with Jones' previous projects, graphic design and photography will be done in-house, by Katja Toivola. This will allow the album's visual look to continue Jones' sophisticated trademark style.

I’m Talkin’ Bout New Orleans
The Aftermath Blues
Armstrong Parade
Time Is Always On Your Side
Rosey’s Theme
More Five Four
La Vella
Carnival Is In The Air
Two Five One
Wonderful Christmas

All songs and lyrics written and arranged by Leroy Jones, except "Two Five One," with lyrics by Paul Sanchez and music by John Rankin and Leroy Jones.

Leroy Jones - trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals (tambourine/cowbell on track 9)
Alonzo Bowens - tenor sax
Wessell "Warm Daddy" Anderson - alto sax (track 7)
David Harris - trombone (tracks 1, 4, 9, 10)
Terrance Taplin - trombone (tracks 3, 5, 7)
Katja Toivola - trombone (track 2)
Helen Gillet - cello (track 5)
Todd Duke - guitar
Larry Sieberth - piano/Rhodes/organ
Jason Stewart - contra bass
Shannon Powell - drums (tambourine on track 8)

Recorded and mixed at Word of Mouth Studio by Tim Stambaugh, January 12th, 14th-16th & 20th, 2016
Mastered at Sonic Studio by David Farrell, January 28th, 2016