To truly experience a taste of New Orleans, one only needs a piping hot plate of jambalaya, some red beans and rice, and a visit to the French Quarter. Or one needs to just pick up Andy Sherwood’s debut recording, “While We Danced at the Mardi Gras.” The incomparable sound of Andy Sherwood is clear and focused. He is continuing a great legacy of jazz clarinetists that includes Pete Fountain, Benny Goodman, Buddy DeFranco, and Eddie Daniels. It is clear that Andy’s overwhelming emphasis is New Orleans Dixieland jazz in the style of Pete Fountain. Andy Sherwood is first and foremost a great clarinetist who possesses that characteristically dark, fat, soulful New Orleans Dixieland sound. This collaboration establishes a new standard for jazz clarinet performance into the coming years.
.........(taken from a portion of the Critique written by Kirk Edwards)
Read more by going to Andy’s personal Web Site listed at the left.