‘La Malanga’ is another percussive, in-your-face track Cuban influenced track that commands the listener to get up and dance; the piano and horns come together to play the melody while the drums and percussion are their own beast that dominate the track. So It Is wraps up with ‘Mad,’ an appropriate finishing touch. Upbeat handclapping, New Orleans Street beats, and Mardi Gras Indian-esque chant from the band are all a joyous jubilee in which Preservation Hall exemplifies their civic pride, that culminates into something that personifies New Orleans.
So It Is is a shift from their usual approach of incorporating original compositions to their repertoire of New Orleans traditional jazz to fresh original compositions that are inspired by the Latin percussion and dance backbone of the Cuban musical tradition.
For even more new music out of New Orleans this week, listen in to the New Orleans Music Show (11a-2p) with host Cole Williams on Tuesday, May 9 for her "New at Noon" segment as she features tracks from PJ Morton, Tank & the Bangas, Maurice Brown, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ken Swartz, Flow Tribe, and Deltaphonic.