Laurence Hobgood: New Orleans
Laurence Hobgood (piano)
When The Heart Dances (Naim 112)
Recorded: Valencia, CA, March 2008
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
With a cascading introduction reminiscent of tubular bells, Laurence Hobgood sets the stage for a poignant rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “New Orleans”. He transitions from his gorgeous prelude to the familiar stride-like melody in an easy and reverential way. Backed by the deep resonant sounds of Charlie Haden’s bass, Hobgood plays in a sauntering, laconic style that pays homage to Carmichael but with his own quiet sensitivity. The music is played at an achingly slow tempo allowing for thoughtful interplay between Haden’s loping bass and Hobgood’s dancing piano. This music is born from the heartland and these two artists respect the tradition and champion its spare beauty with this soulful homage.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello