Preservation Hall Jazz Band That's It! on 180g LP + Poster
First-Ever Album of Entirely New Compositions Produced by Jim James and Ben Jaffe
Preservation Hall Jazz Band was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity. Legendary players like George Lewis, Sweet Emma Barrett and Kid Thomas Valentine, all rooted in the formative years of jazz, were its original stars. That generation is long gone now, yet the hall is still in business and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to tour the world.
Therein lies a paradox: how does an institution based on an early 20th century musical culture prosper in the 21st? When asked that question on the occasion of the Hall’s 50th anniversary, Creative Director Ben Jaffe had a ready answer: “This anniversary is about the next ﬁfty years.”
It is in this spirit that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is delighted to announce the release of their new album That’s It! via Legacy Recordings, the band’s ﬁrst album of new compositions in its entire ﬁfty year history. That’s It! was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Ben Jaffe and recorded at The Preservation Hall. As these are all brand-new compositions, band members Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Rickie Monie and Clint Maedgen wrote for the album and collaborated with Paul Williams, Dan Wilson and Chris Stapleton on several songs.
That’s It! is an eclectic album that draws on the collective experience of players nurtured in the New Orleans tradition but determined to build something fresh and exciting on that foundation. For his part, producer Jim James is convinced that the PHJB has a future as vibrant as its past: “The music will speak forever,” James says. “Will people stop listening to Beethoven? Will people stop listening to Bob Dylan? Will people stop listening to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band?”
Not if Ben Jaffe can help it. “My parents were never preservationists in any strict sense,” he says. “They simply presented the music the way the old jazzmen wanted to play it. This is the music we want to play today. We’ll continue to do the old standards, along with new material that allows us to be creative and relevant. With this album, I wanted to do something that would challenge us and make us proud.”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band That's It! Track Listing:
1. That’s It!
2. Dear Lord (Give Me The Strength)
3. Come With Me
4. Sugar Plum
5. Rattlin’ Bones
6. I Think I Love You
7. August Nights
8. Halfway Right, Halfway Wrong
9. Yellow Moon
10. The Darker It Gets
11. Emmalena’s Lullaby