Dee Dee's Feathers

Dee Dee's Feathers

by New Orleans Jazz Orchestra


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Dee Dee's Feathers

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater's 2015 effort, Dee Dee's Feathers, is a vibrant jazz showcase that pays homage to the history of New Orleans and marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A collaboration between Bridgewater, New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), the album finds Bridgewater combining her love of New Orleans' musical past with the Crescent City's vibrant present. Recorded at Esplanade Studios, a historic 1920s church turned music studio in heart of the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, Dee Dee's Feathers has a lush, organic sound. Bridgewater is backed here by Mayfield and his band, featuring guitarist/banjo player Don Vappie, drummer Adonis Rose, pianist Victor Atkins, and bassist Khari Allen Lee. Also featured on the album are several guests, including such New Orleans icons as keyboardist Dr. John and percussionist Bill Summers. These are warm, largely acoustic arrangements that breathe with the energy of a live performance. Cuts like the second-line, Mardi Gras-themed "Big Chief," and the similarly percussion-heavy title track sound pleasingly like in-studio jams. In contrast, standards like the romantic "What a Wonderful World" and the languid "Come Sunday," are lush, symphonic big-band productions that juxtapose Bridgewater's crackling, resonant voice against shimmering string and horn sections. Throughout all of Dee Dee's Feathers is Mayfield's burnished, puckered trumpet, adding a soulful counterpoint to Bridgewater's urbane vocals. Bridgewater has built a career out of combining her love of the tradition with her desire to push the boundaries of jazz style, and Dee Dee's Feathers is no exception.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2015
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888750635327
catalogNumber: 506353
Rank: 87234

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Dr. John   Vocals
Bill Summers   Percussion
Victor Atkins   Piano
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Vocals
Edward Petersen   Tenor Saxophone
Don Vappie   Banjo,Guitar
David Harris   Trombone
Adonis Rose   Drums
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet,Vocals
Derek Douget   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Gregory   Alto,Clarinet,Flute
Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown   Trumpet,Vocals
Jason Marshall   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Eric Lucero   Trumpet
Peter Harris   Bass
Glen David Andrews   Vocals
Bernard Floyd   Trumpet
Michael Watson   Trombone,Vocals
Branden Lewis   Trumpet
Ashlin Parker   Trumpet,Vocals
Jasen Weaver   Bass
Khari Allen Lee   Alto
Emily Fredrickson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bill Summers   Arranger,Composer
Victor Atkins   Arranger
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Arranger,Composer
Craig Klein   Composer
Edward Petersen   Arranger
Bob Thiele   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Julius McKee   Composer
Irvin Mayfield   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ronald Markham   Executive Producer
Bruce Brackman   Composer
Alisse Kingsley   Publicity
Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski   Art Direction
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Composer
Mike Esneault   Arranger
Benny Jones   Composer
Misha Kachkachishvili   Engineer
Earl King Johnson   Composer
Soledad O'Brien   Liner Notes
Casey Contreary   Engineer
Edgar Delange   Composer
Emily Fredrickson   Arranger
Britton Stewart   Graphic Design
Roger Hayward Lewis   Composer
Lionel Bastiste   Composer
Kenneth M. Terry   Composer
John Albert Boutee   Composer

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