Ok, so this may not be a jazz group in its purest sense, (is Bill Frisell for that matter?) but New Orleans based Theresa Anderson's music is built from the same foundations that created all jazz, R&B, funk, rock and pop: the Blues. Yet its not strictly a blues band either, though a sense of soul is always present, and that's what makes us listen to whatever it is we're attracted to - the fact that it makes us feel something.
I first had the chance to hear Anderson's group at this year's South by South West Music/Media conference in Austin courtesy of Madison House, her pr company. And though I don't tend to review albums very often - mostly the likes of Pat Metheny, Norah Jones, Dave Weckl - something hit me about this one.
Though the album is really a blast, as evidenced by the SXSW showcase Andersson is someone you have to hear live to get the true, full experience of this band. Something I'd recommend highly.
On this, "Shine", her debut release for Basin St. she makes her way through a set of lively originals in various styles that'll either make you want to jump or recall another time altogether. From the self referential "Connected" to "Good Girl", you know its going to be a party both intrumentally and vibe wise. Perfect Summer vacation traveling music.
Great support from Bonnie Raitt's keys player/vocalist, Jon Cleary and soulful guitarist extraordinaire, Sonny Landreth.
Mike Brannon is guitarist/writer for the Synergy Group (www.cdbaby.com/synergy). Their latest release is "Barcodes" w/ members of King Crimson and the Grammy-winning Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The soon to be released, "Later", w/ special guests, Bill Evans, Harvie Swartz, Paul Wertico will be released on Nextep this Summer.