Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Album Review: Glen David Andrews Band - Live From My Living Room

Glen David Andrews Band
Live From My Living Room
*** out of *****

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the world's health, tourism and made sure live musical gatherings are no more. The City of New Orleans uses these as its life blood and has been hit particularly hard in 2020. One of the city's ambassadors of sound, the Glen David Andrews Band had planned to record their newest record in a studio, but with the lockdown in place plans were changed and Live From My Living Room evolved.

Recorded as the title states, Andrews’s tries to capture the spontaneity and power of his vaunted live sets with a mix of covers and originals. The funky party is in top gear from the opening silky guitar line signalling the kick off to “Treme Hideaway”. The killer tune name checks local establishments that will all hopefully come back stronger after the lockdown as Andrews and company do a blissful musical stroll through their beloved neighborhood.

The group is a tight lot that know exactly when to get loose, Revert "Peanut" Andrews – Trombone, Glen Hall – Trumpet, Glen Finnister Andrews – Drums, Jesse Smith – Guitar, Herbert McCarver IV – Sousaphone, Joe Boucha – Organ, all support Andrews as he powerfully croons Saturday night get down love jams like “Make The Headboard Shake” and the soulful Sunday morning gospel of “Moving Up”.

The band covers the Allen Toussaint staple “Southern Nights” with stripped down simplicity allowing Andrews vocal prowess to shine while the pairing of “Red Dress/Liza Jane” let the rhythm section lead the marching way, but the combo never hits the heights the group are known for on this pairing.

The wah wah guitar work and funky brass deliver the hip shaking good time on the instrumental “Where We Gonna Go” which showcases the players dexterity while “You Don’t Know” (which originally appeared on Galactic's Ya-Ka-May) is a scorcher rising high on Andrews soaring vocals, metal riffing guitar from Smith and a thumping horn line that builds and builds to crescendo. The album wraps up with Andrews jazzy meditation on overcoming racism titled “Beautiful” which is highlighted by Hall’s trumpet work,

Recorded and mixed by Seth Bailin, the group manages to hit all the notes that make New Orleans music a vibrant necessity. Live In My Living Room brings the Glen David Andrews Band into your house straight from theirs as they keep making music any way they can during these trying times.
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