(1994) Mo' Cream From The Crop

Leroy Jones

... read moreIn his brief liner notes to this CD, Harry Connick, Jr., calls trumpeter Leroy Jones a genius. Jones is no genius (certainly there is nothing on his debut disc that would qualify as original) but he is a fine Lee Morgan-influenced trumpeter and a decent singer. The odd part about this set is that...

01:01′:51″ 13 Songs

1
Leroy Jones
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
5:36
2
Leroy Jones
Mo' Cream From The Crop
3:54
3
Leroy Jones
Sweet Lorraine
3:13
4
Leroy Jones
How Come You Do Me Like You Do
3:47
5
Leroy Jones
A Time For Love
3:52
6
Leroy Jones
Bourbon Street Parade
7:28
7
Leroy Jones
Tin Roof Blues
5:01
8
Leroy Jones
Mosey Roun' Bring It Down
5:19
9
Leroy Jones
Blues For Z.W.
6:05
10
Leroy Jones
New Orleans
4:06
11
Leroy Jones
Carnival's In Town
4:45
12
Leroy Jones
Mood Indigo
4:48
13
Leroy Jones
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
3:57
Released 24 October 1994, ℗ 1994 Sony Music Entertainment

Review

In his brief liner notes to this CD, Harry Connick, Jr., calls trumpeter Leroy Jones a genius. Jones is no genius (certainly there is nothing on his debut disc that would qualify as original) but he is a fine Lee Morgan-influenced trumpeter and a decent singer. The odd part about this set is that Jones, due to his New Orleans backround, is misplaced as a Dixieland trumpeter. He certainly does not have much feel for the music, turning "Tin Roof Blues" into burlesque (with some sounds worthy of Clyde McCoy), playing closing ensembles on "Bourbon Street Parade" that practically define corn and switching the music to bop every third song or so. Trombonist Lucien Barbarin sounds like J.J. Johnson when he does not feel compelled to growl, leaving drummer Shannon Powell (who often plays enthusiastic parade rhythms) as the only musician on the date who belongs in a traditional New Orleans jazz band. There are some enjoyable selections on this disc but the baggage of having to emulate what Jones thinks a New Orleans trumpeter should sound like weighs down the performances. ~ Scott Yanow