New Orleans Suspects 2016 by Jay Skolnick

Formed in summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. The band comprises some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans; Mean Willie Green, (Neville Bros since 1981 and session drummer for Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and many others); Jake Eckert, Guitar (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); Jeff Watkins, sax (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); and CR Gruver, keys (The New Meters, Outformation).

 

The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as performing favorites from Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire.

 

USA Today said this of their performance at NO Jazz Fest: “Outstanding… proved adept at mixing swampy rock, funk and high-energy R&B into extended jams. It was a sound that could only have bubbled up from this city, and the Suspects put their own spin on the repertoire.”

Legendary Jazz Fest founder Quint Davis said, “The Suspects are deep tissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups; taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.

The band’s fourth album, their third studio album, Kaleidoscoped, was released in September, 2016 on Louisiana Red Hot Records, with national distribution through E-1. It’s receiving considerable AAA radio play and has been widely acclaimed. The album was produced by the band, including Grammy-winning engineer Jake Eckert and features guest performances by Tower of Power Horns, DJ Logic, Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat and Big Chief Juan Pardo. The album can be heard streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/new-orleans-suspects/sets/kaleidescoped

USA Today said this of their performance at NO Jazz Fest:

“Outstanding… proved adept at mixing swampy rock, funk and high-energy R&B into extended jams. It was a sound that could only have bubbled up from this city, and the Suspects put their own spin on the repertoire.”

 

Legendary Jazz Fest founder Quint Davis said, “The Suspects are deep tissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups; taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.”