Thais Clark

With Fessor's Funky New Orleanians

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Trombonist Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen formed his popular jazz band in his native Copenhagen in 1968. While his group originally played 1920s-style classic jazz (and that has remained part of its sound), Lindgreen expanded its repertoire to include blues, early R&B, and more modern eras of jazz. For his Music Mecca release, Lindgreen ventured to New Orleans and teamed up with some very versatile New Orleans players: tenor saxophonist Eric Traub, pianist/organist Ed Frank, guitarist/banjoist Steve Blailock, bassist Bill Huntington, and drummer John Vidacovich. Other than on the instrumental blues "Stompin' at Donna's" and the joyful "Let's Join the Parade," Thais Clark is a major factor on each selection. A powerful singer, Clark excels at blues ("Barrelhouse Woman"), gospel ("God Will Take Care of You"), and standards. The trombone/tenor sextet works well with her, sometimes giving the music a New Orleans parade band sound, and in other instances accompanying her quite sensitively. The arrangements are inventive and varied (for example, "Am I Blue" is given a riff taken from "The Man That Got Away"), being full of subtle surprises that always hold one's interest. Thais Clark deserves to be much better known.

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