Jul 31 2016
When a musician adopts a classic straight-ahead voice and it sounds fresh out of the oven while also acts as a mainline to nostalgic memories of music past, that’s when it’s being done right. The self-titled debut of trombonist Danny Lubin-Laden infuses these tunes with the happy-sad dichotomy of the blues, the blissful harmonic warmth of brass band ballads, the get-up-and-go of hot jazz, and streaks of old-school jazz conjuring up images of smoky late-night clubs and the joyful parade marches that result when sunrise signals not the end, but the continuation of the night’s festivities.
Ashley Nguyen sits in for a few tracks, and her vocals are full of heart and soul, and the way Lubin-Laden’s quintet launches into flight from the springboard of her words is one of the album’s highlights. So is the way that the ensemble’s wonderful craftsmanship elevates simple designs into something much greater than the measure of its individual parts.
There isn’t a track on this album that isn’t friendly and catchy, and most importantly, each has just the right amount of personality to keep things interesting. Just a very fun recording.
Your album personnel: Danny Lubin-Laden (trombone), Ari Chersky (guitar), Claude Rosen (piano, organ, Wurlitzer), Garret Lang (bass), Adam Starkopf (drums) and guest: Ashley Nguyen (vocals).
The album is Self-Produced.
Listen to more album tracks on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Jazz from the Oakland, CA scene.
Available at: Bandcamp