The former leader of the Little Rascals Brass band turned favorite lead player for New Orleans jam band phenom Galactic, Corey Henry, is announcing Lapeitah, his national debut release from Louisiana Red Hot Records, with a CD release party at Tipitina’s on July 9th.
Another outstanding Treme trombonist in the tradition of Trombone Shorty and Glen David Andrews, the Treme Funktet frontman is himself a brass band funk master with a rich pedigree that reads like a New Orleans royal coat of arms. While Corey’s original bands have created many of the most popular songs on the second line scene, on Lapeitah, Henry teams up with Brooklyn based Pimps of Joytime producer Brian J to breathe new life into the notoriously infectious brass/funk sound.
With guest appearances from heavy hitters like Corey Glover from Living Colour and Greg Thomas from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the album’s thrust lies in its ability to sweep from the broad, epic rock of Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 Was 9,” to the timeless whoop and holler of the absolute new standard in second-line pride song found in “Baby C’mon,” with push-to-the-edge vocal from Cole Williams. Featuring one of the last known recordings of the late Trumpet Black and a keep-it-in-the-family collaboration with Henry’s daughter Jazz, the album plays like a 6th Ward block party, complete with youthful wit and the aged wisdom of the old guard porch stoopers. Equal parts anthemic and soulful, Lapeitah is most importantly, unbelievably funky.
Born and raised in the New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, Henry learned his craft with his uncle Benny in venues like Preservation Hall. In the mid 80’s, he formed The Lil Rascals Brass Band which created many of the most popular songs played on the second line scene (‘Rascals Got That Fire’ is co-opted by practically every brass band to ever strike a lick). For many years since the storm, he’s played concurrently with both Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. His signature locomotive train blasting trombone stylings defies imitation by even his most accomplished peers. The Funktet’s music set is an embodiment of the band’s name, featuring a combination of old school New Orleans music, brass bands, funk and mainstream jazz numbers.