Bourbon Street Parade
Label: Marsalis Music
Drummer/vocalist Bob French is a New Orleans musical institution. This life-affirming tour of Big Easy staples was a rare chance for French to record as a leader and go international. Fellow native sons Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., play throughout with an easy/breezy old-school sense of joy that is sometimes missing on their more ambitious solo projects. Jazz has always been about the body and spirit as much as the mind -- this one just makes you feel good.