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Featuring Marilyn Keller & Derek Winters by New Orleans Delight

New Orleans Delight is no stranger to fans of Crescent City jazz nor of this website. This CD is the eighth to be covered in these pages since 2001. The Danish band is led by clarinetist Kjeld Brandt who usually brings in a guest trumpeter and a vocalist for tours and recordings. British trumpeter, Derek Winters, appears on record with New Orleans Delight for the second time. Like several previous releases, this album of hymns and spirituals was appropriately recorded in a church.

The American vocalist, Marilyn Keller, made her first appearance with the Danish jazz band for a 2005 summer tour of Scandinavia. Keller is a native of Portland, Oregon and when she is home, she sings with the city’s Black Swan Jazz Band. Sunday morning finds her gracing the choir loft at Portland’s Augustan Lutheran Church.

Miss Keller kicks off the set with an up-tempo rendition of "Do Lord," a traditional piece that received accolades when recorded by Jane Russell, Della Russell, Beryl Davis and Connie Haines in 1954. She follows up with a stirring, emotional reading of "In The Garden," a favorite among New Orleans bands for decades.

While this album contains a number of everyone’s gospel favorites including "He Touched Me," "Amazing Grace." and "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," a few tunes are new to my ears. Derek Winters delivers the vocal on "Saint Jude’s Hymn" and Keller returns with Schubert’s "Sanctus." "Sweet Fields" is afforded a special arrangement by the band.

The band’s rendition of "How Great Thou Art" display’s Marilyn Keller’s powerful voice and the instrumentalists’ fine command of the New Orleans style. It ranks as a favorite by this writer, followed closely by the singer’s rocking version of "Closer Walk."

New Orleans Delight’s newest CD does not disappoint. Derek Winters is an asset to any traditional jazz outfit and applies his own twists to the style set down by Bunk Johnson and Kid Thomas in years gone by.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: New Orleans Delight
  • CD Title: Featuring Marilyn Keller & Derek Winters
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Music Mecca
  • Tracks: Do Lord, In The Garden, Sweet Fields, He Touched Me, Higher Ground, Amazing Grace, Closer Walk, St. Jude Hymn, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Sanctus, Lily Of The Valley, How Great Thou Art, Fly Away, His Eye Is On The Sparrow.
  • Musicians: Marilyn Keller (vocals), Derek Winters (trumpet, vocal on #8, 11), Kjeld Brandt (leader, clarinet, alto clarinet), Kim Menzer (trombone), Hans Pedersen (piano), Erling Lindhardt (banjo, tenor guitar), Stefan Karve (bass), Claus Lindhardt (drums).
  • Rating: Four Stars
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