Label: Verve Forecast
A multitalent whose nickname may stem from the fact that he's been a professional since childhood, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews sings and plays everything from keyboards to drums to trumpet. Overall, this album plays like a primer in how various New Orleans forms are still vital popular music. You got that? Jazz is still popular music. Lenny Kravitz's guest spot on "Something Beautiful" is the most inspired he's been since his Fats Domino tribute (move to Treme. Lenny!), and "Fallin'" has the makings of a neo-soul hit. There is also real rock muscle on tracks like "The Cure" and "Suburbia."