Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Examiner review of The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at City Winery, by Jim Bessman

Check out this great review by Jim Bessman of the Examiner, from our City Winery show in New York with the Del McCoury band!

     On paper it still sounds preposterous but in practice, The Del McCoury Band's partnership with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) must have been made in paradise--or at least New Orleans' French Quarter.
Then again, both traditional jazz and bluegrass depend plenty on solo and group instrumental mastery and improvisation, and the musicians in the two bands--12 in all--are tops on all counts. At City Winery last Wednesday night, the Grand Ole Opry's McCoury Band and the house band of New Orleans music's Opry counterpart played together, opposite each other, and in various combinations--surprisingly seamlessly.

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