You can hear, feel, smell and taste New Orleans throughout this recording. James Andrews is part of one of the largest and most diversely talented music families New Orleans has ever produced. There's an Andrews in just about every brass band in town, and the groove goes all the way back to Grandfather Jesse Hill. James' career has taken many shapes. From an early stint with “The Allstar Band”, to his "Satchmo of the Ghetto" cd on Allen Toussaints NYNO Records, James consistently shows his uniqueness.
He has a warm, smooth, classy delivery vocally, completely his own style. The sound of James Andrews horn is the true sound of Treme. He's a walking encyclopedia of the cultural history of the area he grew up and blew his first notes in. James soaked up the music and the culture from his early childhood on through his teens, playing at 2nd lines and Jazz funerals throughout the city.
On this recording, all of the aspects of who James Andrews is has come together in one of the tastiest musical gumbos served up in quite some time. A musical gumbo stirred up by Brian J of “The Pimps Of Joytime”, who has captured James at his best. Brian J has done sonically what many have tried and failed to do with a New Orleans artist of James Andrews caliber. James Andrews is the consummate entertainer who makes his audience part of the party from the first note to the last. On this CD, he'll make you a part of his personal 2nd line.
So take a little trip, have a good time and enjoy "The Big Time Stuff!"