L Wood Joy – Gumbo (2015)


Title: Gumbo
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: 2282 L Wood Joy via DiGiDi.org
Genre: Blues, New Orleans Blues
Quality: Mp3/320
Total Time: 43:50
Total Size: 115 Mb


1. Lost In New Orleans
2. Finally Got The Beat
3. Dance All Night
4. Good Loving
5. Move To Stay Alive
6. Baby I'm Your Man
7. In My Dreams
8. Hey Little Baby
9. House Of Blue Lights
10. Friday Night
11. I Could Be Your Man

Who would think that the influence of New Orleans’ life style and music would reach its’ arms to Denmark and New Orleans aficionados L Wood Joy, a piano, drums and bass trio that get occasional assistance from a horn section, backup vocals and organ. There isn’t a guitar any where in sight. Piano and horns take the along side the vocals. Lasse Skov handles the vocal and piano chores. Jakob Riis on bass and Morton Lyngsae on drums comprise the very able rhythm section. The New Orleans sound visits the songs at times and many New Orleans references pop up. On the whole the songs veer more to a slick pop music sound, often times bringing to mind for me George Michaels and WHAM!.

You can’t fault these Danes for trying to emulate the iconic New Orleans sound. They hit the mark a few times, but often they come off a bit too slick and over produced. They get a blatant pop sound too often for my taste, but there are many musical elements to recommend the band such as tasty piano and a tight horn section. A rougher edge and tougher and more creative lyrics would benefit the band. There are things to like here and they are a band to watch. ~Greg "Bluesdog" Szalony