For True - Trombone Shorty
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  • Summary: The second album for the New Orleans jazz artist who not only plays the trombone, trumpet, piano, and drums, but also sings features such guests as Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Ledisi.
  • Record Label: Verve Forecast
  • Genre(s): Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, American Trad Rock, New Orleans R&B, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk, Trombone Jazz
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Ultimately, comparing For True to Backatown is pointless: they are of a piece. While you may prefer one over the other, they are, in essence, two parts of a compelling and dynamic musical aesthetic that is firmly in and of the 21st century, as they look back at history and forward to create it.
  2. 80
    Shorty here offers an explosive blend of funk, blues and jazz.
  3. 75
    [He] delivers more flavored Creole soul and a host of guests, including Kid rock, Jeff Beck, and Lenny Kravitz. [23 Sep 2011, p.79]
  4. Loud guitars are everywhere, bucked by riffing horns, and the general vibe is testosteronal and sleeveless. He is a rippingly good player.
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    None of those songs are as badass as the go-go-flavored "Buckjump," the surf-guitar-spiked title track or the two "Lagniappe" digressions, instrumentals all. When the horns blow, it's all you need to know.
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    The 2011 album this most resembles is funk-rock guitarist Dennis Coffey's self-titled comeback album--a bunch of pretty good soul workouts with lots of guests, some filler, and just enough personality to get by.
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    40
    High profile fans like Jeff Beck, Kid Rock and Warren Haynes help trombone shorty create what he calling "supafunk rock," a decidedly unsexy, sub-Chili Peppers amalgam with pointless horn riffs. [Nov 2011, p.98]

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