It takes a keen-eared, fluidly adaptive performer to capture both the breadth and subtleties that define New Orleans’ musical landscape. Dee Dee Bridgewater, though born in a far different music hotbed, Memphis, and raised in Michigan, is just such an artist, demonstrating uncannily chameleonic interpretive skills across this 14-song salute. Of course, it helps immensely that Bridgewater is partnered with trumpeter, bandleader and (now-controversial) New Orleans Cultural Ambassador Irvin Mayfield, fronting his 18-piece New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Together they mix NOLA classics with newer covers and fresh compositions from Bridgewater, Mayfield and percussionist Bill Summers.
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