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Searching this (admittedly, commonly misspelled by me) name, I've only come across non-starting threads about specific collections and live gigs. Southern Nights has always been classic, but I just heard Life, Love and Faith, and man oh man. So, S&D, C or D, etc.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 11 December 2008 19:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

my name is crap jones (PappaWheelie V), Thursday, 11 December 2008 19:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Getting to see him live a dozen times plus in a year's time has been a major high point in my concert history.
Check out 'From a Whisper to a Scream' and much of 'Life Love and Faith' and his production work on Chris Kenner's 'Land of a 1000 Dances' as good starting points, but nothing's better than Southern Nights.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 11 December 2008 20:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

the whole Southern Nights lp is killer!

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:24 (four years ago) Permalink

that lee dorsey album he did is also amazing

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:51 (four years ago) Permalink

The Bright Mississippi, where he explores jazz, is one of my favorite albums of the past ten years. He's been touring a lot, the live stuff I've heard is often grea (think he did an Austin City Limits too, gotta check)tSomething I posted about on Rolling Reissues 2012, still haven't heard it yet:
Well this looks like a good idea, and approved by Toussaint. From Ace, out Nov. 6 (in the States, anyway)
2. HERCULES - Boz Scaggs
3. WHAT IS SUCCESS - Bonnie Raitt
4. OCCAPELLA - Lee Dorsey
5. LET'S LIVE - Aaron Neville
7. RIDE YOUR PONY - The Meters
8. SOUL SISTER - Allen Toussaint
10. GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN - Solomon Burke
11. SWEET TOUCH OF LOVE - Irma Thomas
12. SHOORAH - Frankie Miller
13. YES WE CAN CAN - The Pointer Sisters
14. FORTUNE TELLER - Benny Spellman
21. TAMPIN' - The Rhine Oaks
22. A CERTAIN GIRL - Warren Zevon
23. HOLY COW - Lee Dorsey
24. SOUTHERN NIGHTS - Glen Campbell

dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 22:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Its cover

dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 22:33 (four years ago) Permalink

He put together and led a New Orleans orchestra for Hugh Laurie. sounded pretty great from a NOLA club on PBS. Laurie's voice is quirky, but his piano fits right in. Must've been listening to Toussaint.

dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 22:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Don't know if I ever mentioned it here but a few years back my man Mr. Fine Wine had a conversation with AT in which he was told about some kind of diving- as in diving into the water- act he had been involved with at some point in his career.

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:16 (four years ago) Permalink

I love his work as a solo artist (the jazz one from a couple years back is perfect), but I'm continually impressed by his ability to elevate songs by other artists. He did a concert film with Elvis Costello that's beyond obscure, but his arrangement of Chelsea is unbelievable. Great stuff.

And the horns on The Last Waltz version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down just kill.

Everything You Like Sucks, Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:59 (four years ago) Permalink

I really love this rather anonymous-looking CD (which shows up in used bins fairly often for cheap.) Toussaint, Earl Palmer, Dr. John, Red Tyler et al...

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:48 (four years ago) Permalink

he plays some great piano on that blind boys of alabama + new orleans record from a few years ago.

i have to hear that 'bright mississippi' record.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:59 (four years ago) Permalink

bright mississippi is great, though some of it is pretty un-toussaint-y? some great showcases for his piano playing though.

tylerw, Friday, 28 December 2012 15:50 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Heart attack at 77. Awww man. Saw him a bunch of times live in Dc or New Orleans. Will admire him a lot for the following:

In addition to playing piano, he composed scores of songs, including "Ruler of My Heart," "A Certain Girl," "Fortune Teller" and "Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)." The New Orleans-born trumpeter Al Hirt had a hit with Mr. Toussaint's instrumental composition "Java."

In the 1970s, he embarked on a solo career, which reached a high point with the release of his "Southern Nights" album; the title song became a hit not only for him but also for Glen Campbell.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:09 (two years ago) Permalink

RIP. Randomly walking past his childhood home was a highlight of my last trip to New Orleans. Will listen to Bright Mississippi and my Minit Records Comp tonight in tribute.

mizzell, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:35 (two years ago) Permalink


this dude made/abetted enough good music for a few dozen lifetimes. he'd be immortal just for those lee dorsey singles and LPs IMO.

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:44 (two years ago) Permalink

rip, that white sock and sandal combo would have looked crazy on anyone else.

adam, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:49 (two years ago) Permalink

"What I've learned from playing music is that it's the best profession in the world. There's always somewhere else to go. There are many new songs being written now, as we speak, with all the millions of songs that have been written, whatever the genre. You're gonna hear them tomorrow or the next day. And none of it is harmful to anyone. That is magic."

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Fuck! Last Monday I read the chapter in Elvis C's memoir about collaborating with Toussaint after Katrina. I know several hits and Southern Nights but made a note to check more out. What's a good start/com?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:24 (two years ago) Permalink

this one is out of print, but it's on spotify:
a good amount of his prime 70s material... was listening to it this morning. totally great.

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I wanted to post his killer piano playing on 'Down by the Riverside' from that Blind Boys of Alabama album, but it got taken off Youtube.

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Fuck! Last Monday I read the chapter in Elvis C's memoir about collaborating with Toussaint after Katrina. I know several hits and Southern Nights but made a note to check more out. What's a good start/com?

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:24 AM (53 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

was gonna say you might want to start with a good lee dorsey compilation or any lee dorsey album 1966-1970. toussaint's proper solo albums are just a small part of his body of work, most of which involves writing/producing for other folks.

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:19 (two years ago) Permalink

there's also an "allen toussaint songbook" on ace records that is 100% gold.

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah. Of his own albums (that I've heard), The Bright Mississippi is amaazing: finally ventures into jazz, with crew incl. Marc Ribot, and it fits/extends his approach very well. Toussaint x Monk=something else. Like they'd been waiting for each other.

dow, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:28 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, loved the bright mississippi!

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:35 (two years ago) Permalink

this show from right around that album's release is great:

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:36 (two years ago) Permalink

RIP, one of the most magnificent piano players I've ever had the pleasure of seeing perform

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:38 (two years ago) Permalink

forgot about that record, ty. great band.

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, I've been told that Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet is a good collection of his early productions, mostly if not all singles, I think. His work with Aaron Neville is well-represented on the collection My Greatest Gift, also the original Aaron releases Make Me Strong and maybe I Know I've Been Changed, if you don't mind gospel. If you don't mind Dr. John, his AT-produced Desitively Bonnarroo sounds pretty cool, though not always best choices of material. Leave us not forget the Toussaint-arranged horns on The Band's Rock of Ages (they should have done more like that), and for that matter, he assembled, arranged and conducted a casually killer ensemble live with pianist-vocalist-actor Hugh Laurie on PBS (Laurie held his own, impressively enough). Never knew where AT would pop up, frequently as the saving grace, collectors tell me.

dow, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and The Wild Tchoupitoulas!

dow, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I've been told that Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet is a good collection of his early productions, mostly if not all singles,

Great set, and mindboggling that it was all done in '61-2. He could have simply disappeared right after that and still gone down as one of the greats.


Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:59 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah just looking it over this morning, it really is an incredible body of work... like Ellington or something.

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:04 (two years ago) Permalink

ha, toussaint's contribution to that one is fine, but i've always found the song itself kind of a drag. might just be the chorus.
his stuff on rock of ages and the last waltz is great.

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:12 (two years ago) Permalink

i've never liked that song either.

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

ah, man. when i started working in music clubs, one of the first artists i got to spend time with and got to know as a person and an artist and as an industry for all the people he helped support and all that he did was Touss. we were where he went after katrina, where he started playing with elvis and where he made the transition to being a regular touring artist. he would do a regular brunch set that i probably saw three dozen times. his repertoire would vary but the casual excellence of his performance did not. i'll always remember the light purple halo of his hair, his socks and sandals, his gentle ease, his soft and friendly southern drawl, his genuine cool. he wouldn't have been able to pick me out of lineup but i loved this guy and he left a hell of a legacy.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:34 (two years ago) Permalink

didn't toussaint write the horn starts for the "rock of ages" live album? or am i misremembering?

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 18:11 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah he did the charts for both rock of ages and last waltz

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 18:13 (two years ago) Permalink

There's a story that he wrote the charts from a cassette someone in the Band had given him. At the first rehearsal, everyone suddenly realized that the horns were a half-step off -- the cassette Toussaint used to write the charts ran fast. Everyone in the Band was like, "oh, no problem, we'll adjust." Allen was amazed at how easily they played everything in a different key without thinking about it.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

George Porter Jr. of the Meters:

Today’s news of Allen Toussaint’s passing while he was on tour in another place other then home shakes me to the core and saddens me very much. We have chosen to live a life we love and for some reason want to do it for more than the money. We do it really for the love we get from the world and the smiles on the faces of people when we play our songs. Musicians that live on the road do have some fears, that we may not get back home safe, being away from home when our family needs us or being on the road alone when sad things happen. The two people I have loved longest in my life passed away while I was not home almost a year apart. Losing my Brother and my mother when I was not home was terribly hard. Now I have once again lost someone I care about while I am sitting alone in a hotel room. I still need to get through the flights home before I can comfort my wife and grieve my friend.

Still I am going to keep doing what I do, maybe that is crazy but it is what I love. Allen would expect no less, he lived and loved this life too for the same reason, the happiness music can bring. Todays News broke my heart, it is a real shock. When I played with AT at this years Blues & BBQ I told him I needed him to help me with some music that I have run into a brick wall with, he smiled and said send it to me. I got busy and did not send it, I always thought there was time, Allen seemed so happy and healthy. So sudden it is hard to believe. Thank You Allen Toussaint for the music that you gave me a chance to play with you, as well as the music that I have come to play because of what I learned from seeing up front and close how you could get the best out of an artist. You could get them to find stuff in themselves that they didn't know was there. You inspired me in so many ways. Your talent as a musician and a producer has been a major role model in how I approach my own music and how I interact with other musicians on stage and in the studio. Allen, Your music will live on and your teaching will continue to inspire. You are a true legend and have left a legacy like no other. gpjr

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 18:45 (two years ago) Permalink


Man this hit home. Of all the cats that I never had a 1 on 1 convo w/ to pick their brain about their music experiences: this is numero uno. I don't want y'all thinkin' "this is just some old legend that passed away" naw. This dude wrote some of your favorite music & you just didn't know it. He effected SO many genres. That's how you know how potent and effective your art is: when you quietly change the scene w/o proper acknowledgement. If someone had the right to have KWest brag swag it was this man. But his humble quiet disposition wouldn't allow such a thing. His work will now speak for itself. Just take time to peep his work w #LeeDorsey (#GetOutMyLifeWoman #RideYourPony) some of the greatest clever pop tunes crafted. Hip hop heads still salivate over all #TheMeters tunes he produced & shot new energy into the culture once sampling #JamesBrown was becoming stale (#CissyStrut #LookKaPyPy #JustKissedMyBaby #OhCalcutta) then came a slew of artists in the 70s & 80s that took his work & breathed new life into his songs: #YesWeCanCan #LadyMarmalade #WorkingInACoalmine) ---name em! His work was so powerful everyone from #PaulMccartney to #DrJohn to #EricClapton to #TheRollingStones to even #JayZ ("....dear god I wonder can you save me?"....that piano loop? #Toussaint all day) #Amerie's most banging joint? (A Toussaint production sample) at least 12 "Get Out My Life Woman" snares were like starch in hip hop's daily nutritional chart--meaning so there you barely notice it.---I can go on and on. Because his work goes on and on. You'll read better op-eds by professional journalists. Kinda hard to cram all of this hiding from trainer in the gym on iPhone. But i felt the need to write something. When I tag #LegacyGoals I mean it. Humble cat whose work spoke louder than he did. That's what we all need to learn from. Rest In Beats to the powerful #AllenToussaint

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Great great great testimonials, incl. forks, thanks. Just now remembered that he also produced and played on LaBelle's Nightbirds, with mostly if not all NOLA musicians, incl. Meters, though not Ziggy Modeliste. AT did get around!

dow, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:27 (two years ago) Permalink

man, he was supposed to be playing new york in a bit more than two weeks.
too soon, too soon.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:43 (two years ago) Permalink

marcowermanFinal note, and the chord slowly decays: Allen Toussaint in 2013 entertaining me at his house in #NOLA. Tune in later today @pritheworld to hear him muse on scraps, wishbones and feathers from around the globe, and how he had spent his life turning them into chickens. Glorious chickens

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Fats Domino and maybe Dave Barthomew aside, Toussaint was almost certainly the city's greatest living musician - and unlike those two, he was still performing and recording. Not just that, but he was all over New Orleans up to the day he left for the European tour - like, physically present (and always brightly attired) at numerous local concerts and cultural events, often just as a spectator. I introduced myself somewhat awkwardly to him once, about a year and a half ago, thanking him for all the wonderful music he put out into the world. I hoped I'd eventually get an opportunity to interview him about his life and work but didn't make a priority of it, especially since even at 77 it looked like he'd be around for awhile longer. He had the gravity of his accumulated years but the spring in his step of someone at least 10 years younger, so it was a shock to wake up to this. You never fucking know. RIP.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, Questlove OTM as always

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:57 (two years ago) Permalink

you're right: for the past ten years or so following katrina he was a ubiquitous presence at fundraisers, concerts, group performances, festivals, anywhere that new orleans was on people's minds. such a powerful standard bearer for the past half century plus of louisiana's cultural heritage.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:04 (two years ago) Permalink

someone over on twitter posted this pic which i thought was great
Ken Daley ‏@Ken_Daley 8h8 hours ago
Favorite memory of @AllenToussaint: American icon dispensing musical advice to my 10yo drummer son at Jazz Fest 2014

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Man, thanks, guys for recommending The Complete Warner Bros Recordings. It's solid.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:07 (two years ago) Permalink

his first album, from 1958, signed when I met him:

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:07 (two years ago) Permalink

xp yeah, so good! listening to it today, i was struck by how much, even though toussaint was drawing from earlier traditions, none of it feels like a throwback. very modern sounds.

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:09 (two years ago) Permalink

& wow that is awesome, forks. such a great album cover (and of course great album)

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:09 (two years ago) Permalink

great mix from funky16 corners here:

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Fats Domino and maybe Dave Barthomew aside

whoa, this inspired me to check to see how old dave bartholomew is, and dude is 94 going on 95!

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:11 (two years ago) Permalink

dug up and have been listening all day to an old board tape of one of touss' '05 matinees with Elvis jumping on stage at the end for a duet on "yes we can can", really good memories

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink

i honestly don't remember how listenable that "Tousan" album is! I should spin it. Just enjoying wandering around dude's songbook at the moment.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:16 (two years ago) Permalink

that funky 16 corners mix is A+

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:20 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, a fair amount of things i've never heard (or heard of)

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:21 (two years ago) Permalink

just insane how far his reach as a musician and composer was; dude was one of the secret giants.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Anybody who's curious to get a taste of what those live Joe's Pub shows were like should give a listen to Songbook, which is up on spotify:

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

just insane how far his reach as a musician and composer was; dude was one of the secret giants.

― a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:22 PM (20 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah... it seems like once a month i realize that some song i love was written and/or produced by allen toussaint. "oh, that one, too?"

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 November 2015 05:30 (two years ago) Permalink

I love Allen Toussaint

Neb! (benbbag), Thursday, 12 November 2015 05:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Jon Batiste on encounters w AT, initially via his father's old VHS of Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together---Toots Washington, Professor Longhair, and Toussaint---I still gotta see that! Also: "bubbly ferocity," perfect.

dow, Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:56 (two years ago) Permalink

that funky 16 corners mix is A+

^^^ indeed!

Retro novelty punk (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 November 2015 17:20 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah digging through various playlists, mixes, etc this week ... toussaint had a golden touch! just endless invention and fun.

tylerw, Thursday, 12 November 2015 17:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I love that that mix starts with "Java" and "Whipped Cream." My dad's Al Hirt and Tijuana Brass records are my earliest musical memories, way before I knew anything about New Orleans R&B.

Retro novelty punk (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 November 2015 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

This page is dedicated to a simple proposition: rechristen Lee Circle as Allen Toussaint Circle, with an appropriate memorial. I can't think of a more fitting individual or a less divisive solution to the "monument issue." Few Orleanians have contributed so much to the city, the nation and the world. Only Louis Armstrong could approach his stature, and of course he has a park named in his honor.

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2015 14:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Excellent! And I want a postage stamp; I'll use it along with my Jimis, for true friends only.
Spotify's got a good Toussaint stash, incl. The Allen Toussaint Orchestra, with albums organized by theme, such as outer space.
Today's Fresh Air will be "highlights of past interviews with Allen Toussaint," incl. playing and singing in the studio.

dow, Friday, 13 November 2015 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

never heard the DeRogatis radio show before; this is a p good interview. he's so damn mellow.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 November 2015 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Just noticed (too late) in my Instagram feed that the Allen Toussaint memorial service this morning (Friday) at the Orpheum Theatre was being broadcast on WWOZ out of New Orleans

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

No announcements have been made regarding a second line.

Toussaint's family asked that donations in his memory be made to New Orleans Artists against Hunger and Homelessness, a charity co-founded by the maestro. Donations may be sent c/o Loyola University, Campus Box 12, New Orleans, LA 70118.

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Second line might not have been announced, but it looks like it happened after the memorial service

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 22:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Yo La Tengo did a beautiful version of "Ruler Of My Heart" when I saw them on Tuesday

great music recommendations here, thanks everyone

sleeve, Friday, 20 November 2015 23:58 (one year ago) Permalink

That's the description of it, and here's the video of some of it

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 November 2015 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Second line was very, very short - maybe 5 minutes longer than what you see in that video, which ends right before they cut the body loose - that's what the sirens at the end are signaling. It moved about 15 feet in total. I was surprised, but I can only assume it was in accordance with the family's wishes. There was a repast later in the afternoon with more music.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Also it's late and I'm drunk and it happened a week and a half ago but how is this guy gone, he seemed so healthy and happy and with it and he was a giant and a genuinely humble guy, WTF

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Probably the family's wishes. Not a long second line through many neighborhoods with one or more of the city's funkiest brass bands, but a shorter and still nice one with Preservation Hall Jazz band plus I think that's Trombone Shorty sitting in. The mayor and Quint Davis (jazz fest concert organizer) are seen throughout.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 22 November 2015 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

samples here sound great:

tylerw, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:19 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Yeah, very charming follow-up to The Bright Mississippi, his jazz venture: No Monk (or Ribot) here, but plenty Ellington, Waller, Earl Hines, Bill Evans, w NOLA sidewalk cafe ballads (flirtations as hell, but relaxed), Mardi Gras anthems (also relaxed, but mobile), and damn why don't I have any whole albums ofmusic by Louis Moreau Gottschalk?? And didn't AT do any? Maybe he did, and they'll come out eventually, but didn't need to, I guess.
Mainly piano, solo or w bass and drums, but Frisell gets in there when he should, especially the first verse of "American Tune," which AT sings like he should, if sing it he must---chirpy melancholia is basically not my thing, but they groove it without getting too (obtrusively) happy. Other unlikely feats incl. "Come Sunday," the only Ellington I don't like (too flowery and imposing), but Rhiannon Giddens pulls out the stops in her conservatory chops (usually applied with more subtlety, on her solo album and Carolina Chocolate Drops sets), actually making it bluesy, and Charles LLoyd and I guess Frisell get in there too, and it works.
And! "Southern Nights," usually "languid" live, as this intro mentions, actually kinda rocks, or anyway sways, in this case.
And these three are far from the best songs here as written.
Whole thing streaming here 'til Friday:

dow, Thursday, 9 June 2016 01:48 (one year ago) Permalink

More than "charming"--bracing, even exhilarating at times.

dow, Thursday, 9 June 2016 01:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Need to check this out, but am curious whether I will find the "swaying" music "exhilarating." Hope so...

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 June 2016 14:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I was just "pleasantly surprised" by the "swaying," but I'll take it.

dow, Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00 (one year ago) Permalink

louis gottschalk is a fascinating dude

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 10 June 2016 01:21 (one year ago) Permalink


Half Man Half Disco Mystic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 June 2016 01:31 (one year ago) Permalink



curmudgeon, Friday, 10 June 2016 14:04 (one year ago) Permalink

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