September 12, 2011
Trombone Shorty's 'For True': Dizzying talent and sublime sounds (Elizabeth Nelson, Monday, September 12, 2011, Washington Post)
Trombone Shorty is the nom de guerre of Troy Andrews, a 25-year-old prodigy from New Orleans with a pedigree to match his dizzying talent. A younger brother of New Birth Brass Band leader James Andrews and grandson of Crescent City legend Jessie Hill, Shorty has become a leading light for the revival of New Orleans's music post-Katrina. Following a Grammy for his 2010 release, "Backatown," and a number of appearances on HBO's celebrated New Orleans-themed drama, "Treme," Shorty verges on becoming a household name. [...]
On balance, "For True" confirms Trombone Shorty's reputation as a youthful flag-bearer for America's unrivaled musical wellspring. But the artist is notably at his best when he lets his outsize ability speak for itself rather than be drowned out by the bleating exertions of relative lightweights.
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2011 7:06 PM