Spirit Of New Orleans' CD Bogalusa Strut was released at the Kalott Jazz & Blues Festival in Tornio, Finland on June 29, 2002. In addition to the band's basic line-up the CD features New Orleans' great Leroy Jones on trumpet and vocals and Finnish singer Susanna Mesiä.
Bogalusa Strut contains 12 numbers: nine New Orleans jazz classics, Charlie Parker's Barbados played as Jamaican ska and two latin-influenced instrumental compositions.
The material of the CD comes from various eras: the title cut Bogalusa Strut was initially recorded already in 1927 and the Leroy Jones composition Carnival's In Town is from 1994. The interpretations aim at freshness, after all, jazz has always been a music that reflects the changing times.
Bogalusa Strut is produced by Spirit Of New Orleans.
Bogalusa Strut (SONO - 1)
Spirit Of New Orleans with special guests Susanna Mesiä and Leroy Jones
Leroy Jones: trumpet and vocals • Susanna Mesiä: vocals • Risto Salmi: saxophone • Katja Toivola: trombone • Jarkko Palokas: guitar • Jussi Harju: sousaphone • Thomas Rönnholm: drums
Recorded live at Jazz Club Storyville, in Helsinki, Finland, February 6, 2002.