Redemption, by Glen David Andrews

June 4, 2014

Recorded in a converted New Orleans–area church over six days, Redemption is a jambalaya of Chicago blues, New Orleans funk, and robust soul. On the standout “Chariot,” Glen David Andrews’s voice rises with gritty passion as he trails into the song’s tag, borrowed from the spiritual “Sweet Home Chariot”:

Aaron Neville adds swirling organ pads that form a placid foil. Elsewhere, Andrews lets his trombone skills shine, as on the foot-stomping “Bad by Myself.” Also of note is “Lower Power,” a cheeky ode to resisting temptation.

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