Almost Native (2011)
...Tom McDermott and Evan Christopher play a wide range of French, Caribbean and Gulf Coast music with verve and elegance, yet they also can dip into the gutter and mess with low-down music."
David Kunian – The New Orleans Advocate's Gambit Magazine
- Tango Ambiguo
- Heavy Henry
- Waltz For All Souls
- Le Manège Rouge (The Red Carousel)
- Spooky Blues (For Booker)/Quite Enough Blues
- The Don't-Mess-With-My Two-Step
- Chorando Em Paris (Playing Choro in Paris)
- Tandé Sak Fé Loraj Gwondé (Hear the One Who Makes the Thunder Roar)
- Musette In A Minor
- March of the Pony Girls
- Irresistivel (Irresistible)
Total Time: 54min
About This Music:
This is the second duo collaboration in which I was enlisted by the eclectic and iconoclastic Tom McDermott. The songs are his originals except for two offerings of mine. Together, they capture our shared holistic view of how the New Orleans soundscape evolved into its own genre.
The piano and clarinet styles we try to blend are distinctly local and the vocabulary colors the way we approach all the inter-related syncopated musics we love. If one keeps this in mind, the album's cover might make more sense.
The video here at the Louisiana Music Factory is from one of the CD's release events and features three of the songs. "Almost Native" was made possible with the support from the Threadhead Foundation.
Release Date: April, 2011
Tom McDermott, piano
Evan Christopher, clarinet
All songs composed by Tom McDermott
except Waltz For All Souls & Tandé Sak Fé Loraj Gwondé by Evan Christopher
Recorded by Earl Scioneaux III at Big Easy Recording (Metairie, LA)
Produced by Tom McDermott with support from the Threadhead Foundation