An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Version)
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Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program finds a bevy of name artists from across the musical spectrum performing with the storied New Orleans jazz band. What on first glance could be a gimmicky idea is actually anything but that. While the artists included here are from a wide array of disparate backgrounds and styles, the result is an organic, inspired, and solid collection of performances that truly make sense within the New Orleans jazz tradition of Preservation Hall. Standout numbers come from artists like Chicago indie stalwart Andrew Bird, who delivers a loose and rambling version of "Shake It and Break It," and singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, who imbues the old-time standard "Freight Train" with a swinging confidence. Elsewhere, country legend Merle Haggard is a pure delight on the laid-back and bluesy "Basin Street Blues," as are Del McCoury, Pete Seeger, Dr. John, Angélique Kidjo, and Steve Earle, among others, on their respective tracks. Guest singers aside, it is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band itself that truly shines here. Featuring a mix of longtime New Orleans names like bassist Walter Payton and clarinet player Charlie Gabriel alongside relative up-and-comers like trumpeter Mark Braud and vocalist/reedman Clint Maedgen, the band is in peak form here. Also included are guest spots by such well-known New Orleans natives as trumpeter Terence Blanchard, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, and many others. Ultimately, Preservation works as it is intended — as an homage to one of the longest-running musical institutions in the country and the important place it holds in keeping New Orleans jazz alive — as well as simply being one heck of a great listen.
Hover over the artist and the name will show up, try that and stop complaining :p
iTunes, we can't read who the artists are on this album!
I'm sure this album is great, but thanks to iTunes' current setup, I have no idea who any of the artists on the album are! All I can see are things like "Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Andr..." and "Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Paol..." etc. What happened to being able to adjust the width of columns, iTunes? You got rid of one of your most useful functions, and now I have to look elsewhere to find information that your store used to provide, which doesn't really make me want to come back and buy it from you afterwards . . . UPDATE: Thanks for the feedback, everyone (even the less-than-kind replies), but it looks like hovering over the artist names only works on Macs (or not on my PC, at least!). And even if it had worked, that function is still less useful and more time consuming than just being able to adjust column widths.
"A True Fine Louisiana Fairy Tale!"
.."There Is A Light!"..And let it shine down on Preservation Hall!-The Preservation Hall Jazz Band asks that you help Save their Performance Space and Help out young musicians in the Process!-And what a Groovin' Gumbo this Collection truly is: From Pete Seeger to Ani DeFranco; Tom Waits to Dr. John & Richie Havens to Andrew Bird; Recording Artists from "All Over The Musical Map"; Showin' Up & Throwin' Down for Old NOLA!-"Yeah; You Right!"...by Grimmbo.
Formed: 1961 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s