Check Mr. Popeye (1988)
A compilation of tracks originally released on New Orleans based Ric Records between 1959 and 1962.
Engaging early-'60s New Orleans R&B from a prolific pianist, with a classic title track that spawned a local "Popeye" dance craze. ~ Bill Dahl
New Orleans King Of The Stroll (1988)
Tommy Ridgley was a solid R&B vocalist who was quite successful with novelty tunes and silly songs, but he was also a good romantic balladeer. This 15-track collection mostly covers Ridgley material from 1960 to 1964 for the Ric label, ...
||Troubles, Troubles: New Orleans Blues From The Vaults Of Ric And Ron Records. (1992) |
New Orleans blues tunes with traces of jazz, soul and Afro-Latin-tinged R&B are featured on this 14-track anthology. The CD includes performances by several either underrated (Edgar Blanchard, Jerry Morris) or obscure (Eddie Lang, Mercy Baby) acts. They're mostly period ...
||Keys to the Crescent City (1991) |
The revelation on this CD anthology spotlighting three New Orleans greats and one West Coast blues legend (Charles Brown) was the late Willie Tee. Tee, who died in 1993, was known for his soulful vocals and skillful writing, but was ...
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Feel Like Funkin' It Up (1989)
The ReBirth Brass Band made their first major impression with this album, which outlined their diverse influences and varied menu. They did classic numbers ("You Rascal You"), extensive, infectious originals ("Mexican Special"), updated vintage R&B ("I'm Walkin'" and "Big Chief"), ...
I'm Back... At Carnival Time (1990)
Bo Dollis, New Orleans' most popular "Indian" chief, has been heading the Wild Magnolias since 1964. His fiery, flamboyant, charismatic style is ideal for the backdrop of Mardi Gras. He's an exuberant vocalist, equally gifted at rousing chants, energetic up-tempo ...
||Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday Showdown (1992) |
The diversified strains that comprise New Orleans "Indian" and Mardi Gras music were spotlighted on this anthology. It included vibrant instrumental contributions from The Rebirth Brass Band, spicing up classic jazz, as well as the hoodoo blues of Dr. John, ...
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Rollin' finds the Rebirth Brass Band retaining their ancestral brass band roots while injecting funky youthful exuberance into a set encompassing traditional marches, reggae, bebop, and funk. Rollin' explodes with captivating solos and engaging ensemble playing throughout, maintaining the most ...
Let Them Talk (1995)
Although hard bop/soul-jazz was the main focus of Davell Crawford's sophomore effort, The B-3 and Me, it would be a mistake to think that he plays jazz exclusively. In fact, gospel and classic New Orleans R&B were the main focus ...
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New Orleans Nightcrawlers (1996)
The New Orleans Nightcrawlers include: Eric Traub, Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs (saxophone); Kevin Clark (trumpet); Craig Klein (trombone); Matt Perrine (sousaphone); Tom McDermott (piano).
The New Orleans Nightcrawlers, a ten-piece brass band consisting of two trumpets, two trombones, two tenors, baritone, sousaphone, ...
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There are many nouveau brass bands in New Orleans, each with its own distinctive personality. The New Orleans Nightcrawlers may be unique in their multicultural personnel and diverse musical traditions. The musicians include Kerry "Fatman" Hunter on snare drum, Jason ...
Carolina Blue (1990)
One of 1989's more unorthodox, entertaining and completely overlooked sessions. Vocalist/guitarist Daryle Rice's songs were alternately funny, witty, satirical and thoughtful, covering everything from traditional blues to folk, jazz and country. Her compositions were so personal and noncommercial that she ...
While he makes his fame and fortune cutting blues-rock, guitarist Duke Robillard periodically issues albums of stylish, restrained, subtly swinging jazzy material. This date includes guest appearances from swing-influenced contemporary instrumentalists such as tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and guitarist Chris ...
Sideman Serenade (1990)
Bromberg's debut for Rounder included versions of traditional blues, country, folk and soul/R&B tunes. He sang them earnestly and backed himself tastefully while working with both large groups and small combos. The guest roster included everyone from Dr. John to ...
After Hours Swing Session (1990)
While guitarist Duke Robillard has won widespread popularity for his facility with rocking blues and barrelhouse numbers, he also loves understated, quietly swinging jazz fare. He got a chance to demonstrate his proficiency in this style on this intimate combo ...
New Orleans Piano Professor
Venerable New Orleans pianist Tuts Washington didn't get many chances to record during his lifetime. This 1983 session, now available on CD, was his most extensive project, with 23 songs covering everything from spirituals to traditional jazz numbers, pop pieces, ...
Texas Twister (1983)
This is an excellent sampler of Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland's tenure at Rounder Records. Drawn from Copeland's first four Rounder releases, the material is, for the most part, straightforward electric blues, showcasing Copeland's passionate, raw-throated vocals and prodigious talents as ...
||Modern New Orleans Masters (1998) |
This is an excellent budget compilation from Rounder, featuring modern New Orleans blues, soul, jazz, and funk. Even though some of the artists represented here have recorded for other labels over the years, Rounder has consistently championed excellent sessions from ...
Devil's Slide (1988)
Blues, Hawaiian, calypso, hot jazz -- slide-wizard Bob can do it all with startling authenticity and humor. This CD compilation has five cuts from his Hello Central album to boot. ~ Myles Boisen
Audio Mixer: Pete Carlson .
Recording information: Fane Productions, ...
Rain Forests Oceans & Other Themes (1985)
Illustrator: Susan Marsh.
Arrangers: John Fahey; Terry Robb.
Personnel: John Fahey (guitar); Terry Robb (guitar, bottleneck guitar); Guy Maxwell (drum machine, percussion).
Recording information: Cascade Recording Studio, Portland, OR (11/1984-02/1985).
Recorded live at The Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington, D.C.
Adapter: Nancy Given.
Personnel: John Hammond, Jr., Jimmy Thackery, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Bob Margolin (vocals, guitar); Mark Wenner (vocals, harp); Pinetop Perkins (vocals, piano); Pete Ragusa (vocals, drums); Toru Oki Blues, Jan ...
An unheralded gem that fell through the cracks during its initial issue in 1985 and definitely deserved its higher Bullseye Blues profile six years later. Except for a stinging cover of Detroit Junior's "Money Tree" that leads off, Smitty wrote ...
Cry & Moan (1991)
CRY AND MOAN was a comeback of sorts for Eddie Hinton, after some years of relative invisibility (owing to business and personal problems). Everyone from Aretha Franklin to Percy Sledge has covered Hinton's songs. As a session guitarist (primarily at ...
Late Last Night (1990)
Bluesman John Mooney has a very appealing tone in his slide guitar work, a relatively strong voice and, by varying moods, subject matter and grooves, he put together a particularly strong program for his Bullseye Blues debut. Influenced by both ...
Don't Stand In My Way (1991)
There's more swagger and less swing; it's still quite good. ~ Niles J. Frantz