New Orleans C.A.C. Jazz Orchestra

Mood Indigo

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On this enjoyable CD, singers George French, Germaine Bazzle (whose deep voice takes some getting used to) and Johnny Adams get first billing, taking two to four songs apiece and sharing "Mood Indigo" and a blues medley. However, it is the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center Jazz Orchestra that is the real star. Fortunately, the band has plenty of opportunities to play (the singers get out of the way quickly), and such soloists as trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Davenport and Willie Singleton, tenors Ed Peterson and Tony Dagaradi, altoist Wessell Anderson and pianist Peter Martin are among the many individual stars. The repertoire is primarily swing standards, including "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Sometimes I'm Happy" and "Let's Get Lost," and the renditions are quite spirited and fresh. Recommended.

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