Canadian Brass: Struttin' With Some Barbecue


Struttin' With Some Barbecue


Canadian Brass


Swing That Music: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong (Opening Day 7371)

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Joe Burgstaller (trumpet), Brandon Ridenour (trumpet), Ryan Anthony (trumpet), Jeff Nelsen (French horn), Eugene Watts (trombone), Shachar Israel (trombone), Charles Daellenbach (tuba),


Composed by Lil Hardin & Don Raye


Recorded: No info given (CD released in 2009)


Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

New Orleans music is built on a sturdy foundation set by generations of brass bands, and even Louis Armstrong (who introduced this song to the world) learned his craft in that time-honored setting. But the N'Awlins variety of brass band never played quite as cleanly and precisely as the Canadian Brass. Perhaps if New Orleans had been situated in the middle of a military base, and had trained with the discipline of soldiers on the march . . well, maybe jazz would have sounded more like this track. I can't fault the execution here, and the trumpet work is flashy. Honestly, I am more likely to play Louis Armstrong's "version of this tune when I throw a barbecue, but if I ever plan to do struttin' with some caviar and expensive vodka, this rendition might just do the trick.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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