Not since the pairing of Clara Ward with a New Orleans band in the fifties, has the music been this good. The four sessions on this recording span the years of 1999 to 2002. All tracks are from live concerts in Toulouse, Marseille, Perigueux and Maranville.
Tori (Victoria) Robinson is an American born gospel singer and a native of New Smyrna, Florida. The French liner notes state that Robinson has an 'ample' voice. That's an understatement! Tori Robinson has a voice like a trumpet and enthusiasm to match. This gospel singer will have atheists lining up for bibles.
The Vintage Jazzmen are a group of French musicians involved in New Orleans style jazz for a decade and they do it very well indeed. In addition to the stage-band, they have an authentic 10-piece New Orleans marching band. It's a favorite at festivals. While there are no super-stars among the Vintage Jazzmen
, the musicians pump out incredibly good New Orleans music. Some listeners will recognize drummer, Keith Minter and clarinetist, Tommy Sancton. Both players will be identified by their work with Sammy Rimington outfits.
The vocals are great and the band is loose and exciting. Tori Robinson & the Vintage Jazzmen score a very high mark.