Trombone Shorty's major label debut, Backatown (Verve Forecast/Universal), hits today. Produced by Ben Ellman (of Galactic) and featuring guest performances from Marc Broussard, Lenny Kravitz and Allen Toussaint, the album is a tour de force from New Orleans' 24 year-old trombonist/trumpeter/vocalist.
Right now the full album is online and streaming free HERE.
His live shows have been the stuff of legend and last night he was named Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Performer at Gambit Magazine's Big Easy Awards in New Orleans. Backatown finally captures the magic in the studio, leading Entertainment Weekly to write, "Go get Trombone Shorty's new album, Backatown, now." USA Today agreed, writing "For years, [Trombone Shorty's] savvy, seismic mesh of jazz, rock, R-n-B and hip-hop electrified audiences. He and his dauntless band Orleans Avenue finally captured it in the studio after enlisting Ben Ellman of jazz/funk band Galactic."
Troy has been busy outside of the studio as well and appeared in this week's episode of the HBO series Treme, playing himself in the first appearance of what will be a recurring role.
Shorty will be touring non-stop this summer in support of the record, from a furious 10-show Jazz Fest schedule that concludes with a Sunday set on the final day of the Festival, to performances at Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival, High Sierra, Mountain Jam, Fuji Rock and others - with more big shows and national TV appearances being announced soon. Check below for dates.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Stream Trombone Shorty's "Backatown"