Big Easy

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
Downbeat
An appealing snapshot of the good-time trumpeter doing what he does well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905010426
  • Catalog Number: 104
  • Sales rank: 79,803

Album Credits

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
Vladimir Meller Mastering
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
William Samuels Associate Executive Producer
Matt Lemmler String Arrangements
Hal Braden Graphic Assistant
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
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