Laurence Hobgood: New Orleans


New Orleans



When The Heart Dances (Naim 112)

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Laurence Hobgood (piano), Charlie Haden (bass).

Composed by Hoagy Carmichael


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

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