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Lonnie McFadden: Live at Green Lady Lounge (Jazz Daddy)

Review of an in-concert career-retrospective album by the trumpeter/vocalist

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Cover of Lonnie McFadden album Live at Green Lady Lounge
Cover of Lonnie McFadden album Live at Green Lady Lounge

“This whole night is my whole career,” says Kansas City-based vocalist and trumpeter Lonnie McFadden as an introduction to his Live at Green Lady Lounge. It’s a true statement, as McFadden prefaces most tracks with stories about how they came to be, including some of his earliest compositions. The results, with pianist Andrew Ouellette, bassist DeAndre Manning, and drummer Tyree Johnson, unfortunately prove a hit-and-miss hodgepodge that likely functioned better in concert than on this comparatively incohesive live document.

Things get off to a promising instrumental start with a cover of Bennie Moten’s “Moten Swing,” a bluesy, strutting piece with fine solos by McFadden, Ouellette, and Manning; McFadden and Johnson’s hip-hop-infused “In the Club” (with Manning making a rare turn to electric bass); and Ouellette’s complex “Voyager,” featuring some of McFadden’s best work amid the rhythmic and harmonic web spun by his bandmates.

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