Big Easy

Big Easy

by Kermit Ruffins
     
 
On Big Easy, trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins is aiming for "that Thursday night at Vaughan's vibe," a live-and-laid-back feel that allows him to draw on all of his various stylistic strengths and influences and to go with whatever feels right at the moment. And indeed, he achieves that on this remarkably warm and spontaneous-sounding studio recording, one

Overview

On Big Easy, trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins is aiming for "that Thursday night at Vaughan's vibe," a live-and-laid-back feel that allows him to draw on all of his various stylistic strengths and influences and to go with whatever feels right at the moment. And indeed, he achieves that on this remarkably warm and spontaneous-sounding studio recording, one which moves easily from New Orleans jazz classics like "Tiger Rag" and "Basin Street Blues" to more eclectic fare like the hip-hop-flavored "One Life" and the pan-Caribbean "Skokiaan." On several tracks, notably the first version of "Skokiaan," the presence of orchestral strings is both surprising and highly effective, and throughout the album Ruffins' glee is infectious and his musicianship impeccable. The missteps are mostly errors of judgment -- "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" is a cute song rendered somewhat unbearable by a cloying children's chorus, and his rendition of War's "The World Is a Ghetto" is overly discursive and ultimately tedious, with surprisingly lackluster trumpet solos. Overall, though, Big Easy is lots of good, greasy fun.

Editorial Reviews

Downbeat
An appealing snapshot of the good-time trumpeter doing what he does well.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Basin Street Records
UPC:
0652905010426
catalogNumber:
104
Rank:
125058

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Performance Credits

Kermit Ruffins   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Bill Summers   Percussion
Herlin Riley   Drums,cowbell
Wendell Eugene   Trombone
Juanita Brooks   Vocals
Corey Henry   Trombone,Background Vocals
Kevin Morris   Bass
Shannon Powell   Cymbals,Drums,Tambourine
Eric Traub   Tenor Saxophone
Davell Crawford   Hammond Organ
Jerry Anderson   Drums,Wood Block
Rachel Jordan   Violin
Detroit Brooks   Banjo
Matt Rhody   Violin
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone

Technical Credits

Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Diana Thornton   Pre-Press Layout
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
Matt Lemmler   String Arrangements
Hal Braden   Graphic Assistant
Antonio Sbarbaro   Composer
Edwin Edwards   Composer

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