Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) was among the most famous and influential of the traditional Southern bluesmen. On the heels of Danish saxophonist-composer Fredrik Lundin’s award-winning 2001 tribute to American blues and roots music, Choose Your Boots, Lundin has devoted an entire album (except for one track) to his own arrangements of the legendary blues icon’s songs. Plays the Music of Leadbelly combines the loose, easy spirit of traditional New Orleans music and other earlier styles with the sophistication of contemporary jazz to create a unique and satisfying program. The songs include the ubiquitous “Goodnight, Irene,” “Take This Hammer,” “De Gray Goose” and four other classics, along with Lundin’s title tune.
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