Preservation Hall Jazz Band Plot Cuban-Inspired LP ‘So It Is’

Preservation Hall Jazz Band channel the verve of traditional Cuban music with new LP So It Is, out April 21st via Legacy Recordings. The New Orleans septet showcase that added influence with lead single “Santiago,” featuring funky full-band interplay between the horn section and Kyle Rousell’s piano.

Art-rock mastermind Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) produced the album, their second featuring all original material. In a statement, bandleader-bassist Ben Jaffe explained that the sessions were invigorated by a 2015 trip to Cuba, where they came “face to face with [their] musical counterparts.”

“There’s been a connection between Cuba and New Orleans since day one…