Title - 'Derrick Shezbie and the Ghost of Buddy Bolden'
Artist - Derrick Shezbie
The origin story of jazz has been debated and mythologized.
The first jazz players interviewed often attributed their knowledge and sound to one man: Buddy Bolden.
New Orleans native musician, Derrick Shezbie, has teamed up with a group of musicians to recreate the circumstances and imitate the sound of the iconic Buddy Bolden.
The product of their whirlwind recording experience is the new album, Derrick Shezbie and the Ghost of Buddy Bolden, available now via Clubhouse Records.
2. 'Makin' Runs'
3. 'Didn't He Ramble'
4. 'Ride on King Jesus'
5. 'Down by the Riverside'
6. 'Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight'
8. 'Make Me a Pallet'
9. 'Careless Love'
10. 'Bucket's Got a Hole'
11. 'Funky Butt'
Opening with a .42 second Introduction from Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Derrick (Kabuki) Shezbie, he explains that we can never know what Buddy Bolden would have sounded like live, but having partnered with historian Charles Tolman in an effort to capture at least the spirit of his revolutionary music, what was to follow was how it might have sounded and felt like.
The finger snappin' beauty 'Makin' Runs' kicks things off rather nicely and soon that old school New Orleans hipsway, funk and vibe is free flowing within our heads and hearts.
They back that up with more of the same within 'Didn't He Ramble,' the trumpet empowered 'Ride on King Jesus,' and then both a succulent 'Down by the Riverside' and a swinging version of the 1896 track 'Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.'
We then get a short .16 second Interlude that informs us that after all that movin' and groovin' music, the energy and the playfulness needed to be reenergized and so the call came out for the hot dances to slow down as they wanted to last all night long!
And so the tempo now follows that dictate and slows to a Down South crawl on tracks such as 'Make Me a Pallet,' 'Careless Love,' the glorious upright bass reverberation within 'Bucket's Got a Hole,' and then the album comes to a close with the gorgeous 'Funky Butt.'
The album is the culmination of heavy research and a reincarnation of the circumstances that Bolden would have created music in.
Together, Shezbie and Tolman began the project by assembling a band in the manner similar to that of Bolden and released an album featuring an array of accomplished African American New Orleans musicians.
“It was important for us to get people who grew up playing in New Orleans and knew what is was like to play for a meal," says Shezbie. "That’s something Buddy and his people would have lived with every day. You don’t play, you don’t eat. Only New Orleans musicians know what it’s like and we wanted to do his legacy proud.”
Tolman and Shezbie studied the performance venues where Bolden played and rehearsed in his footsteps. The band was assembled in one day followed by two days of rehearsals before recording the album in one day at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans.
“We wanted the process to closely mirror the experience that Buddy Bolden would have had in the recording process,” says Tolman. “We literally walked around the city looking for musicians at their hangouts and told them that we had a recording gig in three days."
"Bolden would have put a band together in this manner and they might have practiced a few times before a gig. It was important for the integrity of the project to keep the structure loose and as close to spontaneous as we could.”
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