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John Redmon, Honoring Louis Armstrong | The Vinyl Anachronist

I review a lot of contemporary jazz albums that are tributes to jazz legends. A big chunk of the jazz canon is about honoring traditions and keeping those musical pioneers at the forefront of the genre. But have I ever reviewed an album from a jazz impressionist, someone who wants to do more than just remind me of a towering star? I’m asking because John Redmon, a Colorado Springs-based singer, pianist and composer/arranger, is a Louis Armstrong impressionist. On Honoring Louis Armstrong, it’s clear that this is a role he takes seriously. Founder, president and CEO of Reaching Records–a position achieved when he was just 16 years old–John Redmon has recorded an album that emulates a big show at Satchmo’s peak. He teams with the Thomas J. Dawson, Jr. iOrchestra, a smooth and opulent ensemble that can handle both big band jazz and modern R&B, to perform some of Armstrong’s signature tunes such as “What a Wonderful World, “Smile,” and the obligatory “When the Saints Come Marching In” medley. Does John Redmon sound exactly like Louis Armstrong? He’s an impressionist and not an impersonator, so Redmon succeeds at letting everyone know he’s “doing Louis” while still bringing something deep inside [...]

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