Backatown

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Backatown, the Verve debut from New Orleans composer, bandleader, and trombone and trumpet boss Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, was one of the most hotly anticipated recordings of 2010. Given the well-deserved reputation Andrews and his Orleans Avenue band have for incendiary live performances, one had to wonder if it would translate in their studio offerings for independent labels. It didn't because they'd never had the budget to get the vibe right. Backatown is the first time that Orleans Avenue -- Dwayne "Big D" Williams (percussion), Mike Ballard (bass), Joey Peebles (drums), Pete Murano (guitar), and Dan Oestreicher (baritone sax) -- have had an actual budget to capture...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Backatown, the Verve debut from New Orleans composer, bandleader, and trombone and trumpet boss Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, was one of the most hotly anticipated recordings of 2010. Given the well-deserved reputation Andrews and his Orleans Avenue band have for incendiary live performances, one had to wonder if it would translate in their studio offerings for independent labels. It didn't because they'd never had the budget to get the vibe right. Backatown is the first time that Orleans Avenue -- Dwayne "Big D" Williams (percussion), Mike Ballard (bass), Joey Peebles (drums), Pete Murano (guitar), and Dan Oestreicher (baritone sax) -- have had an actual budget to capture the Trombone Shorty experience, and they've made a studio record that offers a real taste of the live show's excitement. Shorty calls his music "supafunkrock," and it's an accurate term for the aural gumbo on this fingerpopping, butt-shakin' mix set. Produced by Galactic's Ben Ellman, it contains 13 Shorty originals and an original interpretation of Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down," on which Toussaint plays piano. The set is titled for a term used by residents of the Treme neighborhood in the city's 6th Ward -- the oldest black neighborhood in America. It definitely sounds like it was recorded in a proper recording studio (Number C and Shorty's Gumbo Room in N.O.) but transcends those confines. It crackles and burns with an unburdened, unfettered, passionate live feel. Clocking in at 43 minutes, it opens with "Hurricane Season." It commences with a marching rhythm on snare and bass drum followed by Andrews playing a trumpet vamp. It kicks into dancing gear with one of the nastiest, funkiest basslines since Parliament's "Flash Light," followed by horn vamps, big power chords, and drum kit breaks that are infectious. "Quiet as Kept" combines Ballard's bass with guest Charles Smith's synthesized bassline, honking baritone sax, grimy distorted electric guitars and trombones, percussion, and organ for a monster funk workout. Former Andrews boss Lenny Kravitz guests on guitar and backing vox on "Something Beautiful," which weds hip-hop, rock, and neo-soul. The rockist power chords on "Right to Complain" underscore Andrews duetting with Marc Broussard on an anthem that reflects the need for personal transformation in order to solve community problems. Proof of Andrews' vocal prowess is everywhere, but especially on the modern soul ballad "Fallin." That said, it's the instrumentals with their drum-heavy, cracking on-the-one funk and second-line rhythms that keep the the entire album moving and grooving -- check out "Neph," "In the Sixth," and closer "928 Horn Jam." But the rockers -- "Suburbia," "Where Y' At," and "The Cure" -- meld metallic guitars, second-line, and funky breaks, hip-hop and jazz seamlessly and are equally potent and satisfying. Backatown is everything popular American music should be; yet it's also what sets Andrews and Orleans Avenue, and New Orleans music in general, apart, without compromise. This is a Best of 2010 candidate hands down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602527364131
  • Catalog Number: 001419402
  • Sales rank: 11,037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hurricane Season (3:20)
  2. 2 On Your Way Down (3:36)
  3. 3 Quiet As Kept (3:05)
  4. 4 Something Beautiful (3:42)
  5. 5 Backatown (2:47)
  6. 6 Right To Complain (2:56)
  7. 7 Neph (3:02)
  8. 8 Suburbia (3:19)
  9. 9 In the 6th (3:17)
  10. 10 One Night Only (the March) (2:49)
  11. 11 Where Y' At (2:59)
  12. 12 Fallin' (3:46)
  13. 13 The Cure (3:39)
  14. 14 928 Horn Jam (0:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Lenny Kravitz Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
Allen Toussaint Piano
Marc Broussard Vocals
Mike Ballard Bass
Troy Andews Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Dwayne Williams Percussion
Charles Smith Synthesizer Bass
Pete Murano Guitar
Joey Peebles Drums
Dan Oestreicher Baritone Saxophone
Clarence Slaughter Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Allen Toussaint Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Mike Kappus Executive Producer, Management
Ben Ellman Producer, Engineer
Matt Cornell Executive Producer, Management
Mike Ballard Composer, Vocal Engineer
PJ Morton Composer
Ryan Montbleau Composer
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Composer
Korey Richey Vocal Engineer
Dwayne Williams Composer
Charles Smith Vocal Engineer
Pete Murano Composer
Kyle Lamy Engineer
Joey Peebles Composer
David Barlett Executive Producer
Dave Barlett Management
Dan Oestreicher Composer
Clarence Slaughter Composer
Alexander Alvarez Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding. It will not disappoint.

    If you like the funk and jazz sounds of New Orleans (ie. Galactic), this will not disappoint. From start to finish with the exception of the obligatory soft tempo tracks, this will have your feet tapping, your body moving to the beat and smiling. It does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD for 2010!

    This CD has a song(s) that everyone, of every age, will love. My 20-year-old son and I both said "yeah" after the first 15 seconds. We listen to lots of music of all genres and this gets our vote for best CD of 2010. Hope to hear Trombone Shorty live at Jazz Fest 2011.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    Nice try but no cigar

    This guy may be the darlin' of N'awlins and may put on some really great live shows, but this CD is really mediocre despite the best efforts of everyone involved including the cameos of Kravitz and Broussard. The tunes are all very similar in structure and tempo. I'd rather listen to Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen anyday for a taste of N'awlins. The same applies to Marc Broussard who is THE unsung R & B master right now!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very very good cd

    Definitely worthwhile. New Orleans sound with a good beat. Doesn't overwhelm you with the horns. Clever cuts. Creative sounds

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