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There's a peculiarity to New Orleans' status as America's richest music scene. The list of musicians who've been big locally but unknown in the larger world is crazy long; only a few—most recently Jon Batiste—have achieved wider acclaim. One of the hurdles these musicians face is in how to replicate on record the energy of live performances. Conversely, in studio recordings, New Orleans artists must project what the songs might sound like when stretched out and played live. Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, has made it his life's work to master these tricky transitions.  Andrews, who performed at the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival at the age of four and is now a headliner, is a genuine star—a melding of skilled brass player, charismatic frontman, accomplished dancer and improving singer. Since his excellent 2013 Raphael Saadiq-produced Say That to Say This album, Andrews has been steadily moving in the direction of a roaring, professional, groove-heavy funk/R&B that's flecked with flashes of hip-hop, jazz, rock and especially the music of his hometown heroes, The Meters. Andrews' hometown cred begins with the charming cover photo of Lifted where his mother, Lois Nelson-Andrews (a local icon who passed away in November, 2021), holds him as a child as he toots on a toy saxophone during a Second Line. His devotion to a large presence that can be reproduced live while simultaneously revving up a convincing, listenable studio groove begins with the opener, "Come Back." Lifted was recorded at Andrews' Buckjump Studio with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day), and as is the fashion in pop music today, is in-your-face loud and overly punchy. Within his emerging style, "Lie to Me" features Andrews' soloing on his unusual and always welcome instrument of choice, the trombone. The rock-infused "I'm Standing Here" showcases the Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired guitar of guest Gary Clark, Jr. The '70s horn-driven funky soul of Earth, Wind & Fire is the basis for "Might Not Make It Home." The beautiful ballad "Forgiveness" is an example of Andrews' improvement as a lyricis: "Forgiveness is easy/Forgetting takes a long, long time," he acknowledges. The same is true for the swinging "Miss Beautiful" which starts with "I'm the bad guy all the time/ Every problem always mine" and features a call-and-response chorus of "lighten it up." The title track is a rock-oriented number led by a riff from guitarist Pete Murano, who along with baritone saxophonist Dan Oestreicher, are holdovers from Andrews' original band, Orleans Avenue. Clearly designed to become an instant part of Andrews' live extravaganzas, the originals on Lifted are tuneful and well-played, if sonically overcompressed in spots. And while Andrews is verging on becoming too smooth and too streamlined in spots, he's still successfully balancing playing to the mainstream while retaining enough of what makes him identifiably New Orleanian. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Come Back
00:04:19

Derrick Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Pete Murano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Butler, Hammond Organ, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Sam Plecker, ComposerLyricist - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Lie To Me
00:04:10

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stefan Abingdon, ComposerLyricist - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Background Vocalist, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
I'm Standing Here
00:03:24

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger - Gary Clark Jr., Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Background Vocalist, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Cobi, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aaron Earl Livingston, ComposerLyricist - Josh Connelly, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Butler, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
What It Takes
00:03:46

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Guitar, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Rhodes , MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Lauren Daigle, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Raion Ramsey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Etzione, ComposerLyricist - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Everybody in the World
00:03:54

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Rhodes , MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Robertson, Sousaphone, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Tracci Lee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Raion Ramsey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Etzione, ComposerLyricist - Jenard Andrews, Snare Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - New Breed Brass Band, FeaturedArtist - Tyreek Andrews, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Yirmi Yisrael, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Lifted
00:03:12

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Pete Murano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Earl Livingston, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Butler, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Forgiveness
00:03:45

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Rhodes , Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Rachel Jones, A&R - Josh Connelly, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tracci Lee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Raion Ramsey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Miss Beautiful
00:03:40

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stefan Abingdon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Bass, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Rhodes , MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Might Not Make It Home
00:03:19

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Josh Connelly, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marley Munroe, ComposerLyricist - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Butler, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R - Mike Bass-Bailey, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Good Company
00:02:59

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eduardo Ribeiro, A&R Admin - Chris Seefried, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Bass, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Rhodes , MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Andrews, Arranger, Work Arranger, ComposerLyricist - Chris Pierce, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Oestreicher, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Cobi, ComposerLyricist - BK Jackson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Ford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Anastasi, A&R - Mikael "Count" Eldridge, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Seltzer, A&R

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

There's a peculiarity to New Orleans' status as America's richest music scene. The list of musicians who've been big locally but unknown in the larger world is crazy long; only a few—most recently Jon Batiste—have achieved wider acclaim. One of the hurdles these musicians face is in how to replicate on record the energy of live performances. Conversely, in studio recordings, New Orleans artists must project what the songs might sound like when stretched out and played live. Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, has made it his life's work to master these tricky transitions.  Andrews, who performed at the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival at the age of four and is now a headliner, is a genuine star—a melding of skilled brass player, charismatic frontman, accomplished dancer and improving singer. Since his excellent 2013 Raphael Saadiq-produced Say That to Say This album, Andrews has been steadily moving in the direction of a roaring, professional, groove-heavy funk/R&B that's flecked with flashes of hip-hop, jazz, rock and especially the music of his hometown heroes, The Meters. Andrews' hometown cred begins with the charming cover photo of Lifted where his mother, Lois Nelson-Andrews (a local icon who passed away in November, 2021), holds him as a child as he toots on a toy saxophone during a Second Line. His devotion to a large presence that can be reproduced live while simultaneously revving up a convincing, listenable studio groove begins with the opener, "Come Back." Lifted was recorded at Andrews' Buckjump Studio with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day), and as is the fashion in pop music today, is in-your-face loud and overly punchy. Within his emerging style, "Lie to Me" features Andrews' soloing on his unusual and always welcome instrument of choice, the trombone. The rock-infused "I'm Standing Here" showcases the Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired guitar of guest Gary Clark, Jr. The '70s horn-driven funky soul of Earth, Wind & Fire is the basis for "Might Not Make It Home." The beautiful ballad "Forgiveness" is an example of Andrews' improvement as a lyricis: "Forgiveness is easy/Forgetting takes a long, long time," he acknowledges. The same is true for the swinging "Miss Beautiful" which starts with "I'm the bad guy all the time/ Every problem always mine" and features a call-and-response chorus of "lighten it up." The title track is a rock-oriented number led by a riff from guitarist Pete Murano, who along with baritone saxophonist Dan Oestreicher, are holdovers from Andrews' original band, Orleans Avenue. Clearly designed to become an instant part of Andrews' live extravaganzas, the originals on Lifted are tuneful and well-played, if sonically overcompressed in spots. And while Andrews is verging on becoming too smooth and too streamlined in spots, he's still successfully balancing playing to the mainstream while retaining enough of what makes him identifiably New Orleanian. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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