Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions [Limited Edition]

Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions [Limited Edition]

by Preservation Hall Jazz Band


In January 2006 Benjamin Jaffe drove to what was left of Seasaint Recording Studios in New Orleans to see what damage the flood waters that followed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina some four months earlier had wrought on the facility, hoping more than anything to salvage whatever master tapes he could. Amazingly, although most of the studio's tape vault was destroyed, he found the masters for the sessions his father, Allan Jaffe, had produced in the 1970s with the classic lineup of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band still intact a mere inches above the waterline. Refurbished, those tapes form the emotional core of this remarkable box set, which bridges the past with the present and essentially tells the story of the Preservation band, whose current members, although they ended up scattered across the country from Orlando to Los Angeles, all survived the hurricane and its aftermath. Don't expect the ensemble work Preservation is famous for, though. Jaffe has assembled a different kind of history here, combining 1959 vocal performances by Sister Gertrude Morgan, unreleased gems from his father's 1970s sessions with the band, scattered radio and television introductions, and material the group was working on just prior to Katrina into a sort of personal photo album that reverberates with loss even as it suggests and points toward a hope in the future. This set, assembled with dozens of very real mementoes (photos, press passes, receipts, etc.) is intended to be something to hold, to literally hold on to, in a world that revealed itself in the wake of Katrina to be unreliable and full of tragedy and abandonment. In a sense, this set has literally survived Katrina, and as such, it gives tremendous hope even as it also points to how much was lost in the city of New Orleans. Among the highlights musically are Sister Gertrude Morgan's emotionally haunting 1959 rendition of "Blow Wind Blow" and a striking version of "Over in the Gloryland," which merges the instrumental track of the tune produced in 1976 by Allan Jaffe with Carl LeBlanc's poignant vocal track added in 2006 and produced by Benjamin Jaffe into a single statement of cohesion, bridging what was with was is and also with what one hopes will be. The Hurricane Sessions is a tremendously moving artifact. There is the music, yes, which is marvelous and enduring, and a DVD video history of the group, but in this case, it is also something beyond that -- an object to hold dear. Literally.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
Label: Preservation Hall
UPC: 0674511020057
catalogNumber: 7726

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Preservation Hall Jazz Band   Primary Artist
Percy Humphrey   Trumpet
Sing Miller   Piano,Vocals
De Pierce   Cornet,Vocals
John Brunious   Trumpet,Vocals
Frank Demond   Banjo,Trombone
Willie Humphrey   Clarinet
Ralph Johnson   Clarinet
Narvin Kimball   Banjo
Carl LeBlanc   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals
Rickie Monie   Piano
Walter Payton   String Bass
Benjamin Jaffe   String Bass
Allan Jaffe   Tuba
Billie Pierce   Piano,Vocals
Stanton Moore   Drums,Guest Appearance
Ralph Boyd Johnson   Clarinet
Sister Gertrude Morgan   Guitar,Vocals
Clint Maedgen   Vocals
Tiana Hux   Announcer
Ninth Ward Joe   Drums
Joseph "Little Joy" Lastie   Drums
Ernest Doc Watson   Tenor Saxophone
Rickie "Professor" Monie   Piano
Big Jim Robinson   Trombone
Joseph "Fish" Lastie   Drums
"Little Nasty" Lastie   Drums
Joseph "Little Wood" Lastie   Drums
Josiah "Cie" Frazier   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Skip Godwin   Engineer
Benjamin Jaffe   Producer,Liner Notes
Allan Jaffe   Producer,Introduction
Louis Alter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Larry Borenstein   Introduction
Sandra Jaffe   Executive Producer
Earl Scioneaux   Engineer

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