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Leroy Jones - Press and Reviews
Chanson du Vieux Carre
Harry Connick, Jr. - "Chanson du Vieux Carre" (by Jim Santella, All About Jazz)
"As for singing? No, this is a big band instrumental recording. However, Lucien Barbarin and Leroy Jones do turn in two strong vocal performances. Jones delivers “Bourbon Street” with a downtown slant that makes those lyrics quite clear, adding a powerful trumpet statement along with trombonist Craig Klein’s outstanding tour." See full review.
The Sydney Morning Herald (01/27/2005)
"St James Infirmary featured a stunning, laughing, crying solo from trumpeter Leroy Jones, with a glorious tone such as the trumpets of heaven must boast. Mention should also be made of the gregarious saxophonist Jerry Weldon, the more understated Ned Goold and snappy drummer Gerald French." (review of Harry Connick, Jr. w/ Sydney Symphony Orchestra).
The Australian (01/21/2005)
"The spirit of Mardi Gras was tapped mid-show as Connick and brass players Ned Goold (alto sax), Jerry Weldon (tenor sax), the brilliant Leroy Jones (trumpet) and trombonists John Allred and Lucien Barbarin delivered some freewheelin' improvisation." (review of Harry Connick, Jr. w/ Queensland Orchestra).
Springfield, MA - The Republican (09/06/2004)
"Highlights... included a down and dirty trip to "St. James Infirmary" taken by Connick along with trumpeter Jones and trombone wizard Lucien Barbarin, both Preservation Hall vets, and saturated in the style. A white-hot arrangement of the Dixieland barn-burner "That's A-Plenty" kept Jones and Barbarin in the front-line, blowing up a Louisiana delta storm." (review of Harry Connick, Jr. concert).
London, Ontario - London Free Press (09/03/2004)
"Last night, Leroy Jones and Lucien Barbarin joined Connick and the Steinway at the front of the stage for a mid-set trip to New Orleans as a trio. First, there was Bourbon Street Parade with lots of space for extended solos from the horns. Barbarin is a master of a 2004 tailgate style and Jones, also a fine singer, hit the high, screaming notes to cheers. ." (review of Harry Connick, Jr. concert).
Kalamazoo Gazette (05/12/2004)
"Connick and the show began to perk up with traditional jazz tunes such as Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, and Basin Street Blues, featuring New Orleans trombonist Lucien Babarin and the remarkable Leroy Jones on trumpet." (review of Harry Connick, Jr. concert).
The Ann Arbor News (05/11/2004)
"In an evening of highlights, a few stood out. One, a killer version of the jazz classic "St. James Infirmary," featured band members Lucien Barbarin on trombone and Leroy Jones on trumpet. The two were front and center again and again throughout the evening, much to the delight of the audience" (review of Harry Connick, Jr. concert).
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Chris Rose; 05/04/2004)
"It was really early in the day and Leroy Jones was playing trumpet. I don't know what he was playing but it was achingly beautiful; I literally felt my body responding. It was so soft and melodic and catchy and just right and my eyes welled with tears and I was pretty sure if I died right then and there, it would have been a life worth living." (review of Leroy Jones performance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival).
Raleigh, The News & Observer (Owen Cordle; 11/22/2003)
"Trumpeter Leroy Jones and trombonist Lucien Barbarin proved fine showmen and consummate purveyors of the New Orleans brass style in several features" (review of Harry Connick, Jr. performance).
Los Angeles Times (Don Heckman; 04/06/2002)
"Connick was cooking, blending his singing, his piano playing and the collective skills of his ensemble (including fiery trumpet work from Leroy Jones) into a rich musical gumbo" (review of Harry Connick, Jr. & His Big Band).
The Florida Times-Union (Nick Marino; 12/06/2001)
"... For the rest of the show his (Connick's) direction was loose, allowing the brilliant trumpeter Leroy Jones, the hard-swinging trombonist Craig Klein and several others to stretch out" (review of Harry Connick, Jr. & His Big Band).
New York Times (Ben Ratliff; 11/20/2001)
"... he (Connick) came armed with two hard-swinging brass players, the trumpeter Leroy Jones and the trombonist Lucien Barbarin, who made classic contrapuntal pretzels in their improvisations" (review of Harry Connick, Jr. & His Big Band).
Washington Post (Mike Joyce; 11/14/2001)
"Understandably, Connick took great delight in showcasing his big band. Trumpeter Leroy Jones and trombonist Lucien Barbarin stood out, infusing the arrangements with a delightful mix of humor, spirit and soul." (review of Harry Connick, Jr. & His Big Band).
New York Times (Jon Pareles)
"...Leroy Jones, a supurb trumpeter who tossed off traditional New Orleans Jazz lines and modernist runs."
New York Times (Peter Watrous)
"...his improvising, either in a New Orleans mold or in the Fats Navarro style, had its own grace and humor."
"The big hat goes off to trumpeter and singer Leroy Jones, whose clean, flowing set managed to get the audience clapping along... Leroy Jones avoids the defensive attitude present in much of today's retro jazz and makes listening to the music something it frankly often is not: fun."
"...from the moment he stepped onstage, Jones himself was the real crowd-pleaser. Like Louis Armstrong, his principal role model, he can make entertainment of art and art of entertainment with seemingly no effort."
The Observer (London)
"His playing was as memorable as his appearance. It swung from the traditional, fiery New Orleans lead trumpet to fluent late bebop... without the slightest sense of strain or incongruity."
La Samaine Des Spectacles Cannes (France)
"Leroy Jones expresses himself in the very classical style of New Orleans... density, clarity, fine paused notes..."
Nord Éclair (France)
"We're not going to hide anything: We loved it. It's soul; it's warm; it's all jazz."
Sud Quest (France)
"Thirty minutes of perfect jazz opening the show."
Down Beat (Jonathan Tabak; July 2000 issue)
"Jones eventually evolved from a brash street player into one of the Crescent City's most articulate trumpeters, as his three fine releases in the '90s -- Mo' Cream From The Crop, Props For Pops (Columbia) and City Of Sounds (Louisiana Red Hot), demonstrate. His jovial, swinging attack -- complemented by deft mute technique and infectious, gospel-flavored vocals -- evokes Armstrong, but also reflects a broad historical spectrum..."
"Brewing with New Orleans funk, Leroy Jones recalls the tenacious swing of Armstrong..."
Jazz Times (3/00, p.80)
"Louis Armstrong is alive and well in [this] trumpeter.... [He] plays a clean, take-your-time, declaritive lead throughout.... The rhythm section is infectious... uncluttered, uplifting and respectful of tradition."
New Orleans Magazine (Jason Berry; 08/99)
"Leroy Jones’ City of Sounds features the veteran trumpeter at his best, a pure tone at turns delicate and tough, with lyrical flights that leave the melodies floating through one’s thoughts after the CD is back in its case."
Newark Star Ledger (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
"...Jones, even more than such other Crescent City trumpeters as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton can be regarded as the New Orleans trumpeter of this decade."
"...both his vocals and trumpet parts are imbued with an accessable, generous helping of upbeat pleasure. And that sort of showmanship is an essential element of Armstrong's legacy that too many of his musical grandchildren overlook."
St. Paul Pioneer Press (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
"In the tradition of the legendary Louis Armstrong, here's yet another fine trumpet player from New Orleans. ...Jones joins a current crop of stellar Nawlinz trumpeters: Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Nicolas Payton and Kermit Ruffins."
"...Jones is a modernist who can musically look back to earlier days.... he swings hard, too."
Le Figaro (France)
"...Lets salute the arrival of the New Orleans trumpet player Leroy Jones...A first album in the Louisiana tradition which permits to measure the 'talents'... both sensitive trumpetist, honest and inspired singer."
Prelude Et Fugue (France)
"The album he delivers with a great sense of authenticity makes us recall the great era of New Orleans Jazz... It is an excellent trumpet album which will seduce you by the classicism and its acoustic style."
Jazz & Tzaz (Greece) (4 out of 4 stars)
"...an impecable musical program that blends together delightfully smoothly. This music is upbeat music - something that no one can ignore."