On his fourth studio effort and first for Blue Note Records, 2017's Parking Lot Symphony, New Orleans singer, songwriter, and brass wizard Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) fully embraces the organic '70s-style R&B he’s heretofore only touched on. Ever since officially debuting in 2010 with Backatown, Andrews has moved ever closer to that '70s soul aesthetic with each subsequent album. Backatown even featured contributions from both Lenny Kravitz and legendary New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint. In fact, his previous effort, 2013's Say That to Say This, had a similarly old-school bent courtesy of neo-soul master and co-producer Raphael Saadiq. But for Parking Lot Symphony, Andrews dives into the sound full-force, paired with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz & the Tantrums, Haley Reinhart, Andra Day) on a set of songs that bring to mind the earthy, vinyl-laden vibe of '70s artists like New Orleans own the Meters..
Nels Andrews gained plaudits far and wide for his debut album 'Sunday Shoes,' as parched as the American Southwest landscapes he inhabited. Three years on and his second album finds him in New York, employing a fuller, more produced sound but maintaining a restless, questing soul. He describes the intervening years as replacing one itinerant lifestyle (labouring in the canneries of Alaska and planting trees in the forests of South Dakota) with another (travelling musician or troubadour). In the hubbub of the city he has sought solace in solitary spaces, abandoned piers and rooftops.
Very good CCM AOR, very relaxing album indeed. Troy Werner is a well-respected Producer/ songwriter/ musician, reminds me of Joseph Williams(Toto fame)and Michael W. Smith(CCM artist also)… musically very alike to Smith too… this album is mainly comprised of ballads and softies but also has some dosages of Hi-Tech AOR. The catchy opening tune of “Different” among with the touchy ballad “Ready Or Not” and the rocking “Live For Today” that is a totally catchy song are the best moments on this record…. A bit hard to find it in nowdays but worth the try….
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Whole Lotta Blues album for sale by Troy Turner was released May 18, 2010 on the Evidence label.Personnel: Troy Turner (vocals, guitar); Jon Tiven (harp, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, organ, percussion); Sally Tiven (bass guitar). Liner Note Author: Jon Tiven. Living Blues "The arrangements tend to be dense and multi-layered…. It's undeniably good to have Troy Turner back on the scene… "–by cdUniverse