Last week was movie week with the bigger than ever 2012 new orleans film festival. This week we wanted to share the 2 records we're spinning constantly this month - Jake Smith's latest "Everyone comes from somewhere" & the Preservation Hall's 50th anniversary live concert recording at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
JAKE SMITH'S LATEST "Everyone Comes from Somewhere"
After listening to this disc constantly for last day or so, I don't think I could dig it any more. New Orleans native Jake Smith's latest "Everyone Comes from Somewhere" to me, comes out of nowhere. Sometimes, artists like Jake blindside me and re-instill hope in New Orleans becoming more than just a funk/jazz producing town (no offense to the folks below). Diverse and superbly produced, "Everyone Comes from Somewhere" is truly his breakout offering. Sometimes compared and contrasted with the likes of Maroon 5 and John Mayer, Jake Smith's style and sound is more James Morrison with a dash of Jamiroquai. Standout tracks included the B3 drenched "By My Side", the entirely danceable and soulful "At The End of The Night", the Motown boppin' vintage steam "Carry Us Home", and finally the track below, "Once Love".
THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND 50TH ANNIVERSARY : LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL
Man, let me tell you, I couldn't have picked any 2 different discs to review here. It just doesn't get any more New Orleans than The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Each time I've sat between it's hallowed walls, Preservation Hall and it's Jazz band just moves me. The concert at Carnegie Hall celebrating their 50th Anniversary is nothing short of spectacular and moving on it's own. I can't imagine the recording being any better and the track offerings include all their classic never-gonna-get-old standards. Over the years, folks have heralded the band wonders and they've garnered the fancy of many folks including the special guests who have graced the stage. The standout tracks include : A smashing version of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" with The Givers, "Bonjour Cousin", "El Manicero" w/ Tao Seeger, "St. James Infirmary" Pt. 1 & 2 featuring Jim James + My Morning Jacket, Trombone Shorty, and King Britt, and the funky "It Ain't My Fault" w/ Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), Trombone Shorty, and Allen Toussaint. Check out the teaser below and get it for yourself.