L Wood Joy
The Danish trio L Wood Joy has been entertaining crowds in Denmark since 2005, when they met at The Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark to form the trio. While studying at the academy, they found they all had a fond attraction to the music native to New Orleans from the 1930s to the 1970s. Since forming in 2005, this dynamic, energetic, young group has performed at both blues and jazz festivals in Denmark, developing a solid fan base.
Since the release of their EP in 2008, there has been overwhelming response from their audiences to release a new album, resulting in their latest CD BoogieRollSwingJazz.
This new release will give you a sample of their style and interpretation of music from that era in New Orleans. They have done a terrific job of researching jazz, rock, boogie- woogie, and swing from that time period. This extremely talented trio is fueled by Lasse Skov, delivering vocals and the boogie-woogie style piano, Jakob Riis on bass, and Morton Lyngsøe on drums. Their latest release is a collection of five original songs and five classics. The CD opens with a superb original "Shake 'n Bake" bringing back Jerry Lee Lewis '50s style rock 'n' roll. L Wood Joy serves up some hot and spicy Bourbon Street jazz with their originals "Workin' So Hard" and "Where Did She Go." Next on the list of eclectic music is Bobby Troup's "Route 66" and "Big Chief" written by Earl King, giving you a taste of the Mardi Gras. The party continues with the danceable originals "Make You Feel Good," with blistering guitar solos from Perry Stenbäck and the boogie-woogie tune "Walking My Baby," delivering perfect vocal harmony. They pick up the pace with the Ray Charles classic "Mess Around" introducing Hans Mydtskov on tenor saxophone. They continue to strut Louisiana style with Allen Toussaint's (The Meters) "Hej Packy Way." L Wood Joy concludes their new release with their own arrangement of the Seymour Simons / Gerald Marks tune "All Of Me."
BoogieRollSwingJazz will leave you both exhilarated and totally satisfied. This Danish group will entertain you with fantastic musicality and extraordinary vocals.
Reviewed by Rick Davis