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    American Tunes

    Nonesuch releases American Tunes, a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint's New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch-joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks-in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others.


    Allen Toussaint's work as composer, producer, arranger, and performer, especially in the 1960s and '70s, helped shape the sound of R&B, soul, and funk as we know it today. He collaborated memorably with artists ranging from Lee Dorsey and Ernie K. Doe to the Pointer Sisters and Labelle, from the Meters and Dr. John to the Band and Paul McCartney. The New York Times recently said, In Mr. Toussaint's long career as songwriter, arranger and producer he has honed a piano style that's supportive and allusive; a little trill or tremolo sums up all the splashy joys of New Orleans patriarchs like Professor Longhair and James Booker, and a syncopated chord under right-hand octaves summons gospel. Mr. Toussaint has the two-fisted, rippling vocabulary of the city's piano legacy, but he uses it in dapper ways.


    Toussaint's children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father's managers, said of the American Tunes album, Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.


    Nonesuch previously released The Bright Mississippi in 2009. Also produced by Henry, the record includes songs by jazz greats such as Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. The album received tremendous critical praise, with the Boston Globe saying it couldn't sound more like New Orleans. (Toussaint) revisits jazz classics and takes them for a stroll through Preservation Hall, imbuing his own funky brand of pop-song charisma. The results are coolly sophisticated, an unfussy, mostly instrumental set of slink-and-slide joints shot through with a harmonic imagination that turns even a traditional hymn into an after-hours swing Toussaint's musical soul guides all, making the classics sound like his own.


    That project indirectly grew from Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, the benefit album that Nonesuch released in fall 2005 to aid hurricane victims in the wake of the Katrina disaster. That collection opens with a version of Yes We Can Can, the Toussaint song the Pointer Sisters made famous, newly recorded with producer Joe Henry, and it included a solo piano piece, Tipitina and Me, co-written by Toussaint in tribute to Professor Longhair.


    Joe Henry had first worked with Toussaint when he invited the pianist to join the sessions for I Believe to My Soul, a studio convocation of mature R&B stars. Henry subsequently acted as producer on Toussaint's post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello, The River in Reverse. He describes the most recent sessions: I have been working with Allen Toussaint-under his spell and subject to his influence-for a full decade now. He was a quiet radical, musically-speaking, and a prince of great humility.

    LP 1
    1. Delores' Boyfriend
    2. Viper's Drag
    3. Confessin' (That I Love You)
    4. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
    5. Lotus Blossom
    6. Waltz For Debby
    7. Big Chief
    8. Rocks In My Bed
    9. Danza, Op. 33
    10. Hey Little Girl


    LP 2
    1. Rosetta
    2. Come Sunday
    3. Southern Nights
    4. American Tune
    5. Her Mind Is Gone
    6. Moon River
    7. Bald Head

    Allen Toussaint
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  • The Birth Of Funk The Birth Of Funk Quick View

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    The Birth Of Funk

    Nobody in New Orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as Buddy Bol-den, whose Funky Butt became a staple in the repertoire of the city's early jazz bands. Jacksonville, Florida, 1960. Charles 'Hungry' Williams mentors young Clayton Fillyau after he had just joined the James Brown band: 'I don't care where you put it on those drums, remember where '1' is and you'll never lose the time.' Listen to Hungry on Huey Smith's Talk To Me Baby and then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Brown's I've Got Money. Earl King's Trick Bag, prefiguring the Meters, is as good an example of early New Orleansfunk as can be found. Not everything on here was cut in New Orleans. New York singer Vernon Harrel's Slick Chick is held together by an intriguingly syncopated bass line that hints at late '60s Studio One dub. And in case you think any of this was new, listen to Zutty Singleton's drum break on Victoria Spivey's Funny Feathers from 1929. Or Earl Palmer's sixteenth notes, off-backbeat snare accents and double-tempo hi-hats in 1953 on Professor Longhair's Tipitina and Who's Foolin' You.
    1. Say Yeah Yeah - Yvonne Fair
    2. Check Mr. Popeye - Eddie Bo
    3. The Popeye - Spider Johnson
    4. I'm Leaving You Today - Al Robinson
    5. Say Yeah - Porgy & The Polka Dots
    6. Talk To Me Baby - Huey 'Piano' Smith
    7. Trick Bag - Earl King
    8. What A Wedding Day - Shirley Raymond
    9. R B Special - Bob Bateman
    10. Tell Me The Truth - The Turquinettes
    11. Slick Chick - Vernon Harrel
    12. I've Got Money - James Brown
    13. Hold It - Bill Doggett
    14. Fat Boy - Billy Stewart
    15. Mudd - Roy Montrell
    Various Artists
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  • Crawfish Fiesta Crawfish Fiesta Quick View

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    Crawfish Fiesta

    Presenting an all-time best-selling Alligator title available for the first time in over 20 years on vinyl! 180 gram vinyl reissue of the last studio release from New Orleans piano legend Professor Longhair, critically acclaimed as the best of his storied career. All original tracks have been remastered and joined by a bonus track, Percy Mayfield's River's Invitation. Entire album features multiple Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John on guitar. Nearly 95,000 units of this title have been sold in all formats.

    1. Big Chief
    2. Her Mind Is Gone
    3. Something On Your Mind
    4. You're Driving Me Crazy
    5. Red Beans
    6. Willie Fugal's Blues
    7. It's My Fault, Darling
    8. In The Wee Wee Hours
    9. Cry To Me
    10. Bald Head
    11. Whole Lotta Loving
    12. Crawfish Fiesta
    Professor Longhair
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • In The Right Place In The Right Place Quick View

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    In The Right Place

    Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. A notorious gun incident forced the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to name a few. He also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973's In The Right Place, which contained the chart hits Right Place Wrong Time and Such A Night.
    1. Right Place Wrong Time
    2. Same Old Same Old
    3. Just The Same
    4. Qualified
    5. Traveling Mood
    6. Peace Brother Peace
    7. Life
    8. Such A Night
    9. Shoo Fly Marches On
    10. I Been Hoodood
    11. Cold Cold Cold
    Dr. John
    $24.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Professor Bizarre's Funknology (Out Of Stock) Professor Bizarre's Funknology (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Professor Bizarre's Funknology (Out Of Stock)

    This Brand New Collection Will Include An LP Of The Best Atco Tracks And An Additional LP Of Unreleased Demos Recorded By Dr. John Between The Years 1968-1974, All Previously Unavailable On Any Format


    Taken From The Highest Quality Sources, This Album Will Have Lacquers Cut At Sam Phillips Recording Studio In Memphis


    This Deluxe ROG Edition Will Be Pressed On 180g Black Vinyl At Record Industry In The Netherlands And Come In A Gatefold Tip-On Stoughton Sleeve


    Each 2lp Set Will Be Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited


    Born in New Orleans in 1940 as Malcom John Rebennack, he eventually took the stage name of Dr. John and went on to become a legendary songwriter, pianist and guitarist whose iconic music combines blues, jazz, boogie woogie, Cajun and rock n' roll influences. At an early age he was exposed to burgeoning rock artists such as Little Richard, Guitar Slim, James Booker, Earl King and Professor Longhair, all who played a big influence on Dr. John's developing style. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles where he became a "first call" session musician in the LA studio scene in the 1960s and 70s and was part of the "Wrecking Crew" stable of studio musicians. He backed up Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and many others. By the mid-1960s, Rebennack's fascination and preoccupation with New Orleans voodoo culture helped to influence and develop the idea for what would become the Dr. John persona which would define him for the rest of his career.


    By 1968 he started to gain fame as a solo-artist using the persona of Dr. John the Night Tripper and featuring elaborate costumes and stage shows influenced by Screamin' Jay Hawkins act. Gris-Gris was Dr. John's debut album for Atco Records and is ranked #143rd on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. He recorded three more albums for Atco: Babylon (1969), Remedies (1970) and The Sun, Moon and Herbs (1971) that all followed suit with voodoo influences and New Orleans traditional music. By 1971, Dr. John had gained a notable cult following that included artists such as Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, both of whom took part in the Sun, Moon and Herbs sessions. He is best known for his recordings done between the years 1972-1974 and Dr. John's Gumbo cut in 1972 is considered a cornerstone of New Orleans music. The single from the album, "Iko, Iko" broke into the Billboard Hot 100 chart reaching #71. The album was ranked 404 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List. In 1973, produced by Allen Toussaint and backed by the Meters, Dr. John released the seminal New Orleans funk album, In The Right Place. Rooted in solid R&B it reached #24 on the Billboard album chart anchored by the hit single, "Right Place Wrong Time" that peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and has gone on to become a heavily played staple on classic rock radio to this day. Dr. John has recorded more than 20 albums and is the winner of six Grammy® Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and continues to tour and record to this day.

    LP 1
    1. Mama Roux
    2. Jump Sturdy
    3. Loop Garoo
    4. Wash Mama Wash
    5. Wang Dang Doodle
    6. Iko Iko
    7. Such a Night
    8. Quitters Never Win *


    LP 2
    1. Tipitina *
    2. Yip Aye *
    3. Craney Crow *
    4. Dr. John Take 1 *
    5. Go Ahead On *
    6. Wash Mama Wash *
    7. Look What You've Done *


    * previously unreleased demo

    Dr. John
    $36.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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