By Joshua Myers | Published June 2022
If you’ve never attended a Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue performance, you should probably fix that. But in the meantime, Lifted offers a capsule of what that experience entails.
While this is not a live album, there is a real attempt to embody the electricity of the groups world-renowned live set.
With Trombone Shorty providing vocals in equal measure with his consistent, New Orleans-produced brass sound, this offering more than reaches its goal of lifting us.
The title track, “Lifted,” is pure hard-charging funk, a song about love’s unrelenting grip delivered with huge guitars, sneering horns and a trombone solo for the ages.
Inspired by the memory of his recently departed mother, Lifted is a welcome addition to the growing legacy of one of this music’s most exciting acts.
Lifted: Come Back; Lie To Me; I’m Standing Here; What It Takes; Everybody In The World; Lifted; Forgiveness; Miss Beautiful; Might Not Make It Home; Good Company. (36:28)
Personnel: Troy Andrews, trombone, trumpet, vocals; Alvin Ford Jr., drums; Mike Bass-Bailey, bass guitar; Peter Murano (1, 6), Joshua Connelly (3, 7, 9), Gary Clark Jr. (3), guitar; Chris Seefried, guitar, Moog bass, bass, Rhodes (4, 5, 7, 8, 10); Brandon Butler, organ, Rhodes, synth bass (1, 3, 6, 9); BK Jackson, tenor saxophone; Dan Oestreicher, baritone saxophone; Jenard Andrews, snare drum (5, 8); Tyreek Andrews, bass drum (5, 8); Paul Robertson, sousaphone (5); Chris Pierce, vocals; Derek Thomas, vocals, Cobi Mike, vocals, (3); Lady Blackbird, vocals; Raion Ramsey, vocals (4, 5, 7); Lauren Daigle, vocals (4); Tracci Lee, vocals (5), Stefan Abington, vocals (5).
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