Here’s another CD by that fine band from Copenhagen. If you read my previous review, you’ll already know that New Orleans Delight
does not have a regular trumpet player. Instead, they reserve the trumpet chair for visiting performers and an upcoming tour will feature the Canadians, trumpeter Cliff "Kid" Bastien and reedman George Berry. The tour will begin in Sweden on November 21 ending in Denmark on December 3rd. Full info appears on the band’s website.
The featured guests on this CD are hornman Norbert Susemihl of Germany and the young Danish vocalist, Kristin Lomholt. Ms. Lomholt has a crystal clear voice and was trained at the New England Conservatory of Music in the USA. She worked in the US with Charlie Haden and other mainstream players. Kristin now leads her own jazz quintet in Denmark. This release features the young singer on four tracks. I especially liked her bouncy attack on the gospel gem, In The Sweet Bye And Bye
and the rocking Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Norbert Susemihl is a fine trumpeter with a sincere devotion to New Orleans music. There are definite echoes of De De Pierce in his playing. The band’s version of the De De and Billie Pierce classic, Love Song of the Nile
rivals any version I’ve heard. Susemihl is also heard as a vocalist on five tracks including Paul Barbarin’s Second Line March
and Kokomo Arnold’s Milk Cow Blues
Leader, Kjeld Brandt doesn’t allow his obvious admiration of George Lewis to inhibit his own creativity. Kjeld shows his versatility on every track but especially on On a Coconut Island
and the title track, My Little Girl
. The rhythm section is "rock steady" and sounds like they were born in Preservation Hall.
New Orleans Jazz seems to be alive and well in Copenhagen.