“Supafunkrock.” That’s the term New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews coined to describe his sound, a funky gumbo of everything from soul, hip hop, acid jazz and even good ol’ rock and roll stirred up with his mastery of the trombone and steezy southern strut. Shorty’s new album, Backatown, stays in keeping with this consistently inconsistent style, taking the listener on a musical tour as diverse as Shorty’s hometown and even featuring cameos from the likes of Allen Toussaint and Lenny Kravitz on a couple of tracks. Contrary to the difficulties of  post-Katrina New Orleans remembered by new HBO series Treme, in which Shorty has a recurring role, Backatown packs the energy of the New Orleans of old — reminding us that the city is well on its way back.

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