sp-just-frost have just released their third album, they come from Copenhagen, Denmark. SP is the bass player whilst Esben Just is on keyboards, Soren Frost is on drums and is also a member of The Danish Radio Big Band.
This is a bit of an interesting CD, as it is Denmark meeting New Orleans. These guys have come up with an authentic sounding album of New Orleans music. Eleven songs make up the content of this Cd with seven out of the eleven songs written by the band, but some of them are so authentic that you could swear they were real New Orleans songs. "How Can They Be So White and So Funky" kicks things off in the Meters
style, kicking, spacey and of course funky, these guys cut the mustard straight way. Esben Just starts "Let Me Love You" with a typical New Orleans sounding piano solo, but he really shines on "Tipitina" which he has dedicated to Professor Longhair, James Booker Jon Cleary, Willie Tee, Dr John and Harry Connick. Soren Frost on drums leads
the way on "St. James Infirmary / Didn't He Ramble" which starts off at a slow march for the "St. James" bit, but as the song changes to "Didn't He Ramble" it picks up speed, it is reminiscent of "When The Saints Go Marching In". "Hobo Joe" is a gorgeous easy going anthem type song that rolls along and you wish it would not end. "Fire Water" is about the virtues of Mardi Gras. The album ends with some superb piano playing from Esben Just as they combine "Rockin' Pneumonia/ Palmcourt Strut", Ole Lindgren on trombone deserves a mention for his excellent trombone solo.
I loved the album it's been on my player constantly for the last few days. My only criticism is that on the vocals, they sometimes can't quite get the English words right, but it doesn't spoil the enjoyment. The music though is a different matter as the band don't put a foot wrong, their playing is of a high standard.
You can contact the band by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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