It’s Sunday again, and I find myself rejoicing in the arrival of cooler weather here in New Orleans. I also find myself in similar moments of rejoicing uttering “Graças a Deus.” I learned to say this while I was in Brasil years ago, and now I find it a regular part of my vocabulary.
Wow, every time I sit down to write, I really have to give some thought to what’s been going on. I must be having fun, because this year has gone by quickly. I recently looked back at some photos to see when I began to let my hair grow back. That was in October of 13′. I’m glad to say, I still have a little bit. I did quite a bit of arranging earlier this year for Lena Prima, as well as a Cole Porter Tribute show I did for a performer on the American Queen. The Winter and Spring kept me very busy gigging all the way through the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Barb and I were able to squeeze a week off in March to visit her cousin in Tucson AZ. She had never seen the Sonoran desert, and I thought she should. As soon as the Fest was over, I went for a hike in the woods up in Buffalo River Wilderness area of Arkansas. In July, we made a 2 week NE tour to see her family in Ohio, and family I have in Lancaster PA, and Marlborough MA. On the way, we made quick stops in Rochester to see our friends, Michael and Marcia Tomb, as well as our friend Tom Kasperak (a stellar drummer whom I worked with Buddy Morrow) in Buffalo. Pretty much, the rest of the year has been dedicated to the house, music, livin and lovin’!
As for current undertakings, I continue to work on my piano and singing skills. I pick up occasional bookings for the Po’Boys, but lately, I’ve been paying more attention to Gringo do Choro. We’re maintaining a monthly appearance at Dos Jefes Cigar Bar. I have my sight on a new musical landscape emanating very soon. It may just be my last endeavor. Keep your eyes and especially your ears open for the next project!
Thank Ya’ll for visiting my page! ~Rick
After years of leading a band under the name of “Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po’Boys,” we have finally recorded a CD. As I had always envisioned it, I had the great local artist, Bunny Matthews, to do the artwork. With the help of my friends, Charlie Fardella, Bruce Brackman, John Rodli, Russell Welch, Steve Braun and Benji Bohannon, the project turned out wonderful! As usual, I stay busy doing many sideman gigs, local and out of town, but the road life just ain’t my thing. Even staying at a 5 star hotel seems blasé’ to me.
This has been a great year for me, both personally and professionally. I dare to say that I grew up this year…(better late than never.) I have also found myself in a comfortable place with the musical endeavors I have gravitated to. Neslort of course is my greatest ambition, as it should be, being the very fabric of my own original artistic impression of “Life in the human body.” But as well, my performance situation includes playing a solo piano gig at the Old Point Bar most every Friday, and playing with Lena Prima on weekends at the Hotel Monteleone. Wednesday’s on Frenchman street, you can find me with the Ben Polser and the “Orleans 6” playing some kick ass trad jazz at The Spotted Cat, and I still play at Dos Jefes Cigar Bar (5535 Tchoupitoulas St) on the average of once a month doing something different on every performance.
That’s right; after years of performances, The New Orleans Po’Boys are releasing their 1st CD, entitled fittingly, “The New Orleans Po’Boys.” It will be an even mix of New Orleans traditional favorites & original compositions of mine. It will be released in early October in anticipation of our performance at the Panama City Jazz Festival in Panama City, Florida on October 18th and 19th.
To be featured are Charlie Fardella on Trumpet, Bruce Brackman on Clarinet, John Rodli & Russell Welch on Guitar, Steve “Trapper” Braun on Bass and Benji Bohannon on Drums & Cymbals!
The New Orleans’ Po’Boys to appear at Panama City Jazz Fest October 18th & 19th debuting their soon to be recorded CD, “The New Orleans’ Po’Boys.”
Most reviews and articles about the leader of Neslort (spell it backward) begin, “Eccentric New Orleans trombonist Rick Trolsen…” The reasons for that are apparent in this CD. Equally evident is Trolsen’s and the sextet’s musicianship, which merges street funk, bebop, electronica, rhythm and blues, New Orleans parade pzazz and—as in all good gumbos—a mystery ingredient or two. Tim Robertson’s pliant guitar licks, Kyle Cripps’ saxophones, Matt Perrine’s bass and tuba, Larry Sieberth’s keyboards and the popping vigor of Boyanna Trayanova’s drumming complement Trolsen’s blowsy trombone and his vocals, reminiscent of David Clayton-Thomas.
This just in from the January 2010 Issue of Offbeat, a Review of Neslort’s Mystical Scam Album:
“Neslort’s music is strikingly beautiful and well-played, shaped by Trolsen’s angular, chromatically dense arrangements and a level of performance from the band members that takes everything to another level. The rhythm section of Matt Perrine on electric bass, Larry Sieberth on keys and Boyanna Trayanova on drums is supple and precise as it drives the unorthodox time signatures and layered pulses that place Trolsen, saxophonist Kyle Cripps and guitarist Tim Robertson in such esoteric contexts. Trolsen’s soloing in the midst of these gems of creative whimsy recalls Zappa stalwart Bruce Fowler’s jaunty fights of fancy. His singing is also surprisingly good in a Greg Lake/Jack Bruce kind of way.”
See Where Y’at Online for this Review
Neslort Music BMI
Neslort brings a robust feeling of excitement and renewal to contemporary jazz releasing soulful joy on their latest, Mystical Scam. “March of the Native Alien” brings some funky rhythmic beats to the table which sounds more like something you’d find going down at the Maple Leaf or Blue Nile in the wee morning hours, while the title track, “Mystical Scam” brings you into a rockin’ psychedelic trip emblazoned with stellar organ vibes. From “I Found You,” to “The Yoga Rope Rag” and “After the Extinction,” this CD is a wild musical journey that delivers all the way. –J.J
Mystical Scam had its coming out on November 17th, 2010 and our friend photographer Scott Myers was there. To see the complete Gallery of Photos taken by Scott Myers during the Mystical Scam CD Release Party @ The Blue Nile November 2010, go to this link or click on the photo.