Mystikal was a lot of fun with the special guest horn section that included Ben Ellis. The only problem was the guy kept talking in between songs and that was a buzzkill for me after a while. No big deal since there was plenty of great music going on elsewhere.
enjoyed Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic in the Jazz Tent. I'm reading the nola.com review and I didn't realize that was Ingrid Jensen up there on trumpet.
"The rest of the band was pretty amazing, too. Ingrid Jensen delivered
razor sharp lines on trumpet. Bassist Mimi Jones throbbed and swayed
with oceanic gravitas. Helen Sung offered bop-inflected runs on the
grand piano and shimmering, chime-like effects from an electronic
keyboard. Tia Fuller, the music director for Esperanza Spalding, showed
her snaking, tart approach to alto sax for the second day in a row at
the Fair Grounds. Singer Niki Harris radiated sensuality, unleashing
long legato phrases to great effect on Al Green's "Something Beautiful."
Did anyone catch the name of the guitarist? The sole male in the band,
he was adept at stoking fire under the other players. "
Sarah Jarosz at the Fais Do-Do tent was
awesome. I actually bought a CD. I love it. She plays mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar and sings It reminds me of Abigail Washburn, which tells you how limited my experience is in this genre.
"Standing on stage with just two other musicians - the equally impressive
Alex Hargreaves on violin and Nathaniel Smith on cello - the
20-year-old multi-instrumentalist put on a show of orchestral quality."
I ended the day with a little Mavis Staples.