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Showing posts with label New Orleans Nightcrawlers. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rounder Records presents: Meet Me At Mardi Gras - New Release Review

I just received a copy of Rounder Records latest recording to be released on January 12th, Meet Me At Mardi Gras. Rounder has put together a fine selection of tracks to get us ready for our trip to New Orleans (or to listen to in case we can't get off to go this year)! Mardi Gras if you haven't got it on your schedule is February 21 this year (festivities beginning around the 18 if they ever stop). The recording starts off with a great cut, Say Na Hey by the Soul Rebels. This is a great funky New Orleans track that is sure to get your beads movin. It is horn driven with a great guitar solo for me and trumpet solos to top it off. The second track, Goin' Back to New Orleans is performed by Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers. This track is delivered by it's author in typical new Orleans jazz style with dixieland sax. clarinet and piano oozing out of it. Track three Mardi Gras Mambo is performed by Zachary Richard and provides that taste of Caribbean. Track four, Funky Liza performed here by New Orleans Nightcrawlers has the tuba driven backbeat that New Orleans is known for and erupts into a full first line parade. Track 5, La Danse De Mardi Gras performed by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys is a real bite of Cajun flavor. Track 6, Jackamo, performed by Larry Williams is a soul swing take on the traditional party song with Bari sax and all...great! Track 7, Carnival Time, performed by it's writer, Al Johnson takes a stroll down Bourbon Street with strong vocals and cool horn backing. Track 8, Big Shot, performed here by it's writer, Marcia Ball, of course is a great piano song with Marcia's great sense of rhythm and vocals and adding some horns to a great Mardi Gras song! Track 9, Go To The Mardi Gras, performed here by the professor...yes..Professor Longhair playing one his famous songs and whistlin' up the beat. Track 10, Do Whatcha Wanna is performed by ReBirth Brass Band. It really doesn't get a lot more authentic than this. I've seen these guys a number of times and they're always great! Track 11, Tipitina, performed here by Bo Dolls and the Wild Magnolias could be recorded street side in the parade. I mean I can smell it. This is really getting down to it. The 12th and final track, Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On, by Chuck Carbo is a really cool swing blues. It is the surprise track on the cd but I couldn't find a video of it. It is like post parade and sittin' around coolin' with some lemonade... This is a great party!
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