sabato 5 novembre 2011

Intervista a Trombone Shorty

Sul sito Hampton Roads è stata pubblicata un'articolo con una bella intervista a Trombone Shorty uno degli artisti del momento, i cui due primi album hanno ottenuto uno straordinario successo di critica e pubblico.

Ecco un estratto dell'articolo:
"When I was younger, around 17 or 18, we did some local records on my own label," said Andrews, calling from a tour stop in Memphis, Tenn. "I just wanted to have something we could sell at the shows and help pay for the band. I wanted the band to get tighter. And when I felt comfortable, then we were ready to do something. We'd built a big fan base playing live, and it came time that we really needed a big record."
Andrews signed with Verve/Universal last year, after label executives caught one of his shows in New York City.
"We were coming in with some leverage," Andrews said. "They just let me record and I bring it in to them."
In September, Andrews released the follow-up, "For True." The album repeated the success of its predecessor and topped the Billboard jazz chart. It boasts several high-profile guests, most of whom Andrews met and performed with before he had a label deal. They include the Neville Brothers and Kid Rock.
Andrews has been a sensation on the jazz charts. But his music doesn't easily fall into that bag.
"Some people are going to always think we're some kind of jazz, but people who listen to jazz know we're not 100 percent jazz," Andrews said. "Because we have a horn up front, I guess people are going to call it jazz. But whatever they call it, as long as people are having fun, it's just music to me."
The artist came up with "supafunkrock" to describe his spirited, seamless blend of funk, pop, rock and hip-hop. There's an improvisational feel to the music, especially live, which gives it the appeal of jazz. Essentially, Andrews and his band play sophisticated funk, much like the great groups of the '70s, only they update it and braid in pronounced rock and hip-hop elements. The synthesis, Andrews said, is natural.
"I grew up with all kinds of music, music all around me and in the family," he said. "If I didn't come out doing music, they'd look at me strange. It's just one of those things coming from a New Orleans musical family. It's in the blood."
Andrews said he learned much more about music growing up in New Orleans' Treme district. As a boy, he trailed neighborhood brass band parades, playing his trombone. The instrument was almost as big as he was, the artist said. Somebody from the crowd once screamed, "Hey, look at that trombone shorty!" The name stuck.
"Nobody ever really taught me. It was just being there, and over time you develop your own vocabulary," Andrews said. "It's just some natural things I can't explain that you get playing on the streets of New Orleans with all these great musicians. They'll play some things at you and want you to play it back without telling you what they played. You learn some things that can't be verbally translated to you. It's just some emotional, feeling things."....
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Clicca qui per vedere il video di un mini-concerto di Trombone Shorty registrato per la serie Tiny Desk Concert della Npr.

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