Release Date: Sep 13, 2011
Record label: Verve Forecast
Genre(s): Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, American Trad Rock, New Orleans R&B, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk, Trombone Jazz
On his second album, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews adds star power to his brassy New Orleans crew. Jeff Beck adds nasty guitar to the wide-hipped R&B of "Do to Me," Lenny Kravitz injects muscular bass into "Roses," and Kid Rock rhymes on the funk-rock "Mrs. Orleans." If they get folks to pay attention, fine. But none of those songs are as badass as the go-go-flavored "Buckjump," the surf-guitar-spiked title track or the two "Lagniappe" digressions, instrumentals all.
New Orleans' Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews knows the music biz inside out. Hounded for years by friends and music business types to jump into the game, he understood the lessons of his lineage elders: too many had been been ripped off and discarded. He took his time, assembling, rehearsing, and touring Orleans Avenue, a band steeped in brass band history, jazz improv, funk, soul, rock, and hip hop.
On For True, his second album for a major record label, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews comes across as the Tremé neighborhood’s Lenny Kravitz. He enjoys multi-tracking the shit out of his bad self, and he looks amazing in giant sunglasses and a tank top. Kravitz even plays bass with Andrews on “Roses”, which sounds exactly like a Lenny Kravitz tune.
A starry array of guests points this second album towards the mainstream. Martin Longley 2011 Despite his stage name, Troy Andrews is also an adept trumpeter, which allows him to hog most of the brass band action down in his native New Orleans. Even though a classic street-marching sound forms the heart of his music, Trombone Shorty has already steered towards more mainstream pop/rock/rap/funk quarters.