While I have a passion for both jazz and electronica, the two genres don't frequently intermingle. So when I saw this posting on Kickstarter about a local New Orleans musician hoping to create an album that combined elements of each musical style, I knew I had to get on board.
The Madd Wikkid, also known as Earl Scioneaux, was in a unique position to have both industry connections within New Orleans and the musical talent to execute on such a project. By day, Earl is an audio engineer responsible for productions such as this year's excellent "An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program". By night, he works on projects such as Electronola.
Over the course of a year, Earl partnered with heavy hitters such as John Boutte (the man behind the theme song to HBO's Treme), George Porter, Jr., Charmaine Neville, & Jason Marsalis. The resulting 8 tracks on the album are nothing short of remarkable.
You can listen to the entire album online for free at The Madd Wikkid's Bandcamp page. If you like what you hear and choose to purchase the album, it's available for download in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, AAC, etc.) for only $10.00.