Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Music Minute: Dee Dee's Feathers

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

“It is the underlying story of triumph that makes me most proud of this work.  The waters of Katrina took so much from so many in New Orleans…We can only see this project as a tangible example of rebirth and healing and love, through the art of Jazz.  Love is the greatest story ever told, and this collaboration proves there’s much to be had in New Orleans, and shared with everyone, everywhere.”  - Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor/Journalist

Dee Dee’s Feathers is a journey through the history of New Orleans as told through song and the collaboration of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) 

Irvin Mayfield said of the album, “This album is a testament to the continued relevance of New Orleans not only as a thriving city but also as a muse for communicating truth, love and beauty. Dee Dee Bridgewater leads us through a new artistic moment while answering a mandate created over a century ago by Jazz geniuses like Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong.  She proves through her art that New Orleans is not just a city but more importantly an idea that can make your heart and soul feel better.”

The album contains some previously written songs (the most familiar being "What A Wonderful World") and some new compositions. It's got a great New Orleans jazz sound, and you can feel yourself transported to the French Quarter while listening.  My husband and I loved it - it's been a while since we got a new jazz CD, and we were very pleased with this one.

Also being released in tandem with Dee Dee’s Feathers is Mayfield’s new book, New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, a 304-page coffee table book that includes seven CDs of live music recorded at his Bourbon Street Jazz club, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The book reflects on Irvin’s unique experiences as a New Orleans native, a Jazz musician, and the many influences in his life including countless musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers, and other mentors.

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