Last week, kudos were given to the local musicians who earned Grammy nominations for albums released in 2015. Naturally, all of those are worth considering when looking for a gift for music loving family members and friends. There are, however, many other New Orleans artists who didn’t get the nod from the Recording Academy whose work excelled last year. Supporting New Orleans musicians by purchasing their discs and/or downloads is also a way of sharing, great, homegrown music. Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the year’s “other” best recordings.
Nigel Hall — Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall. The funk ‘n soul keyboardist and vocalist makes his originals like “Gimme a Sign” and “Never Gonna Let You Go” feel like old friends. They hang around easily with the cover tunes such as the Isley Brothers’ “Lay Away” with guests organist Ivan Neville and drum master ?uestlove.
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