Louis Armstrong famously asked “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” If you’ve ever been for a visit, saw the amazing architecture, smelled the air, tasted the food, and heard the music, you will understand this sentiment. There is no place like it. Widely considered the birthplace of American jazz, the city is also home to innumerable other music styles that are vital ingredients in the authentic gumbo that is Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. Ragtime, Zydeco, rhythms of the Caribbean, African chants, symphonic music of the highly educated Creole population, brass band parade marches, the blues, and more, all have a home in New Orleans.
When FirstCom set out to add an album representing this city’s musical styles we knew it could not be produced anywhere else on earth, nor with musicians from any other background. Native Louisiana composers Jeff Ford and Mike Esneault were key in realizing this vision. Their relationship with top notch players like Terence Higgins, Mark Braud, Terrance Taupin, and Don Vappie was indispensable in forging the authentic sound of the Big Easy. Mischa Kachkachishvilli granted his recording expertise as well as use of his magnificent new studio in Treme, full of fine vintage gear, and the largest in Louisiana. This all adds up to a sound that is as instantly recognizable as it is unique to the region. Traditional jazz. Dixieland. Burlesque. Brass band. Piano boogie. Stride piano. All the way to current hip-hop based sounds. We hope you enjoy and find many uses for Hollywood Music HM-110 N’awlins. Perfect for travel documentaries, historical footage, cooking/culinary, and anything fun. Real New Orleans music, for those who really miss New Orleans.
– Jason Rudd, Mastering Engineer | FirstCom Music