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Paradise On Earth

by New Orleans Helsinki Connection

It’s been 8 years since their debut album "At Last" and now; another collaboration from this diverse ensemble once again ferrying jazz lovers to a better understanding of musical intimacy.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Jazz
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1. Paradise On Earth
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2. I've Found a New Baby
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3. Fidgety Feet
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4. There'll Be Some Changes Made
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5. Stardust
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6. After You've Gone
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7. Oh! Didn't He Ramble
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8. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
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9. We'll Understand It Better By and By
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10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
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11. My Funny Valentine
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12. Caipirinha Da Lapa
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13. High Society
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14. Chinatown, My Chinatown
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Album Notes
The concept of "Paradise On Earth" surely means different things for different people. And most likely "a perfect place" does not exist. There are just places that are suitable for different individuals. New Orleans, with all its problems, seems to be that place for me, and for all the musicians involved in this project. The last seven years since the federal levee failure have been a trial and a challenge to all New Orleanians. But also in some ways, the fact that we came so close to losing our home city made us realize how precious and unique a place it is. For what we do, the Crescent City offers incalculable amounts of history, culture, and inspiration. Not to mention the opportunities to play and exist with other like-minded people.

The NOHC was formed in the summer of 2001 and has since its inception in some ways been paradise on earth among the other bands that each of us play. We don't get to play together as often as we would like but when we do, all the pieces just seem to click together, wonderful musical things happen intuitively and the gigs (and recording sessions) are tons of fun. Along the years the band has become a family, we may not see each other as often as we would like but when we do, it's like no time has passed since the last reunion.

The musicians and the concept of this recording are slightly different from NOHC's first CD "At Last", from 2004. During the years we have had the fortune to work with many great "subs" some of whom are now featured on the record. Most distinguishably you will notice a change behind the drums. Thomas Rönnholm, the groups original drummer who was unable to join us this time due to his extremely busy work schedule in Finland, has been replaced by some of New Orleans' finest: the great Gerald French and Jerry Barbarin Anderson, one of New Orleans' best kept secrets.

We are also featuring two bass players: Nobu Ozaki who is NOHC's original bassist and Mitchell Player who has done most of the touring with us due to Nobu's high demand in New Orleans. There are also some changes in the vocal front. Tricia has been living in Norway for several years and in her absence we have had the great pleasure and privilege to have Yolanda Windsay share the stage with us. Now both of these wonderful vocalists appear on the CD.

This band has traveled to many a place and played some wonderful gigs in remote locations like Brazil, Norway and Finland. Still, however nice it is to travel, playing and recording in New Orleans, our paradise on earth, is always something special for us.

This recording is a love song to New Orleans, its culture, its residents, and the timeless music they have created. Most of the songs on it were composed in the first two decades of the 20th century, yet they are still fresh and meaningful now, almost a hundred years later. ~ Katja Toivola

Oh New Orleans, oh what a town
How good it feels to be Crescent bound
To see your friends and taste the food
It's paradise on earth for me

Following a Second Line
The best way to spend your time
Browse the Quarter, take it in
It's paradise on earth for me

When you go to the Tremé
and eat those red beans
You'll know you're right at home
There's nothing like this elsewhere in the world
– anywhere

Oh my city, the southern queen
It's the best place you've ever seen
Filled with culture, oh New Orleans
It's paradise on earth for me

Monday night at Donna's bar
Let the music take you far
Mardi Gras and Indians
It's paradise on earth for me

Creole food that tastes so good
I'm sure that's understood
Calas, beignets and CDM
It's paradise on earth for me

The oak trees that shade you
from the blistering sun
The scent of magnolias
The summer wraps around you all the way
– all the way

Come see the city of a million dreams
Make yours be one that will complete
With open arms the city's here
It's paradise on earth for me

Tricia Boutté ~ vocals on 1, 4, 5, 6
Yolanda Windsay ~ vocals on 9, 10, 11
Leroy Jones ~ vocals on 7, 8, trumpet, flugelhorn
Katja Toivola ~ trombone
Todd Duke ~ guitar
Paul Longstreth ~ piano
Nobu Ozaki ~ bass on 7 and 9-14
Mitchell Player ~ bass on 1-6 and 8
Jerry Anderson ~ drums on 7 and 9-14
Gerald French ~ drums on 1-4, 6 and 8

Recorded and mixed by Tim Stambaugh at the Word Of Mouth Studio
January 5 and 9, February 28 and March 1, 2011
Mastered by David Farrell
Produced by Katja Toivola and Leroy Jones
Graphic design by Katja Toivola,
Photography by Shannon Brinkman,

The NOHC would like to thank Tim, David, Shannon, Ada, Roya, Cordell, Esko, all our families and friends, New Orleans' music community, all people who support live jazz around the world and the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Special thanks go out to the Threadhead Records Foundation for their generous support!



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