Rick Trolsen | New Orleans Lullaby

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New Orleans Lullaby

by Rick Trolsen

Easy listening New Orleans Jazz. A soothing collection of New Orleans classics.
Genre: Jazz: Dixieland
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1. What A Wonderful World
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3:18 album only
2. Blue Turning Grey Over You
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4:17 album only
3. Poor Butterfly
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3:47 album only
4. When It's Sleepytime Down South
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5:27 album only
5. New Orleans
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3:04 album only
6. If I Had You
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4:28 album only
7. Give Me A Kiss To Build A Dream On
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4:33 album only
8. Creole Love Song
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3:16 album only
9. St. James Infirmary
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2:50 album only
10. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
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5:09 album only
11. New Orleans lullaby
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6:14 album only
12. Sweet Lorraine
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4:13 album only
13. Ain't Misbehavin'
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14. Old Folks
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15. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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New Orleans Lullaby
By Geraldine Wyckoff
Offbeat Magazine

In a town where musicians move freely between styles, Rick Trolsen still stands out for his genre jumps. Back in the mid-1990s, the trombonist’s explorations took him to the fringes of jazz when he headed his unorthodox group Neslort that produced the curiously wonderful Martian Circus Waltz. In 2004, Trolsen expressed his immersion into Brazilian choro music on his fine release, Gringo do Choro. This time, he’s all about New Orleans and tradition with a sweet tribute to his adopted hometown on an album full of classic jazz standards. The constant through all of these endeavors is the quality of Trolsen’s musicianship and the sensitivity and honesty he brings to each project.

He chooses artists to be by his side who share his talents and values. On New Orleans Lullaby, Trolsen and the band with pianist Tom McDermott or Frederick Sanders, bassist James Singleton or bassist/sousaphonist Matt Perrine, drummer Ronnie Magi and banjoist Larry Scala offer excellent versions of songs that fill this city’s air. It starts with the rich tones of Trolsen’s trombone mournfully alone ‘singing’ “What a Wonderful World.” The band jumps in with Tom McDermott on the piano for “Blue Turning Grey Over You” with Trolsen chiming in on vocals. McDermott seems to be called in when Trolsen aims for a classic sound, as on “Creole Love Song.” Here the trombone takes on the part typically played on clarinet or soprano saxophone.

Having the ‘bone as the only horn makes this traditional jazz gathering tonally unique and opens up new ways to approach old chestnuts. At points, Trolsen really goes for the high end of the register, almost emulating a trumpet on “Sleepy Time Down South.” Frederick Sanders gets onboard here and for other swinging numbers like “Give Me a Kiss To Build a Dream On.” The sousaphone and banjo team up for the uplifting “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” and the always articulate James Singleton gets some slapping bass going on “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

New Orleans Lullaby satisfies on many levels because it’s damn good music played by damn good musicians. As the song says, “You can’t ask for anything more.”


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Sarah O'Brien

Rick's the best!
This may be my favorite Rick Trolsen CD. The selections are timeless, and his interpretations are just right. I play it at least once a week!

Ken Hoerauf

New Orleans Lullaby won’t sing New Orleans to sleep.
Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Lullaby won’t sing New Orleans to sleep. Instead it is a stimulus for anybody that has stayed up past their normal bed time and enjoys the romance of a mellow horn and the sensuous, raspy, I’m in New Orleans vocals. Great job by Rick and all those great musicians with him. Lorraine and I both loved it.

Deborah Deitch

a little bourbon, a little Trolsen
Tasty instrumentals, including a great interpretation of 'What a Wonderful World'. Vocals with a husky, late-night quality. Turn down the lights, pour yourself a little something to sip, put this CD on, and take a trip to the city where jazz was born.