A Love Letter to New Orleans

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The body of Crescent City trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's work might be considered "a love letter to New Orleans," and this compilation of his Basin Street Records recordings, assembled to accompany a book with each song constituting a chapter it is available as a stand-alone CD and in a CD/book package, certainly makes that case. Drawing from such albums as Love Songs, Ballads and Standards a duo collection with Ellis Marsalis, Half Past Autumn Suite, and Strange Fruit, plus Mayfield's work with the group Los Hombres Calientes, the music ranges from traditional N.O. "Indian" chants and second-line playing to straight-ahead jazz. Mayfield's different projects make for a ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The body of Crescent City trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's work might be considered "a love letter to New Orleans," and this compilation of his Basin Street Records recordings, assembled to accompany a book with each song constituting a chapter it is available as a stand-alone CD and in a CD/book package, certainly makes that case. Drawing from such albums as Love Songs, Ballads and Standards a duo collection with Ellis Marsalis, Half Past Autumn Suite, and Strange Fruit, plus Mayfield's work with the group Los Hombres Calientes, the music ranges from traditional N.O. "Indian" chants and second-line playing to straight-ahead jazz. Mayfield's different projects make for a range of music that is almost too varied. Strange Fruit, for instance, is a concept album about a 1920s lynching, and music from it sits oddly beside, say, the version of Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett's "Superstar" from the Ellis Marsalis album. But it all relates to New Orleans somehow, and the album gives a good sense of Mayfield's recorded accomplishments so far.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905040621
  • Catalog Number: 4062
  • Sales rank: 79,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mo' Better Blues (5:26)
  2. 2 Latin Tinge Ii - Los Hombres Calientes (5:56)
  3. 3 Romeo and Juliet (2:53)
  4. 4 Old Time Indians Meeting of the Chiefs - Los Hombres Calientes (1:48)
  5. 5 James Booker - Los Hombres Calientes (8:54)
  6. 6 El Negro, Pts. 1-3 - Los Hombres Calientes (7:15)
  7. 7 Fatimah (5:00)
  8. 8 Lynch Mob (Interlude) (1:39)
  9. 9 Blue Dawn (8:08)
  10. 10 George Porter - Los Hombres Calientes (3:52)
  11. 11 Superstar (5:06)
  12. 12 Wind Song (4:58)
  13. 13 I'll Fly Away - Los Hombres Calientes (2:26)
  14. 14 Mardi Gras Second Line - Los Hombres Calientes (8:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irvin Mayfield Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leon Russell Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
A. Brumley Composer
Irvin Mayfield Composer, Liner Notes
Mark Samuels Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Gordon Parks Composer
Freda Paz Art Direction
C. Neville Composer
Soledad O'Brien Liner Notes
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