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Eddie Boh Paris & The Funky 7 Brass Band

 

Trombonist Eddie Boh “Chops” Paris clearly belongs to a younger generation who believe in perpetuating the decades old traditions of traditional New Orleans jazz while making it strikingly new both for their own ears and for today’s audiences. Influenced in part by modern jazz and bebop, this younger generation tends to take an understated approach, accentuating a kind of sophisticated cool. The young trombonist gets right to work on the opening track, “Bourbon Street Parade,” dismissing the usual complement of back-up musicians and replacing them instead with just an electric guitarist and a trap-drum set. But he gets the same funky rhythms and the same soulful solos, meanwhile creating something that’s new and compelling.

The repertoire here also provides plenty of the best traditional New Orleans jazz standards, including “Sunny Side of the Street,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?,” “Basin Street Blues,” “Little Liza Jane,” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.”

But innovations abound, too, with a tribute to New Orleans R&B on “Sick and Tired” and a pair of high-powered renditions of early jazz classics, “Whooping Blues” and “I Found a New Baby.” And there are three titles from modern jazz: “Undecided” by swing trumpeter Charlie Shavers, “Blue Bossa” by bebop trumpeter Kenny Dorham, and “Milestones” by jazz giant Miles Davis, which closes the set.

Whether you think of it as new wine in old bottles or new bottles for old wine, the result is still the same: that classic New Orleans swing updated to a contemporary cool sound.

 
   

 

BOURBON STREET PARADE

WHOOPING BLUES

SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

WONDERFUL WORLD

SICK AND TIRED

UNDECIDED

I FOUND A NEW BABY

WHY YOU WALKING ALL ALONE

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS

BASIN STREET BLUES

LITTLE LIZA JANE

SAINTS

BLUE BOSSA

MILESTONES

 

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