City of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music

City of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music

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Rounder Records began recording New Orleans musicians in 1981 and over a quarter of a century later the label has built up an impressive catalog of Crescent City releases across a wide variety of styles, from rag tag second-line street bands, blues singers, and hard pounding piano soloists to sleek and funky pop, soul, and funk sides. Although this four-disc, 48-track… See more details below


Rounder Records began recording New Orleans musicians in 1981 and over a quarter of a century later the label has built up an impressive catalog of Crescent City releases across a wide variety of styles, from rag tag second-line street bands, blues singers, and hard pounding piano soloists to sleek and funky pop, soul, and funk sides. Although this four-disc, 48-track box set is essentially a generous sampler of that extensive catalog, it also functions as a lively and vibrant survey of the pre-Katrina modern New Orleans music scene, a scene shattered and altered by the great storm and its unprecedented aftermath. New Orleans musicians were driven from their homes by the devastation and many of them have been emotionally and financially unable to return. The loss in cultural terms is immeasurable, to say nothing of the crushing personal losses many of these performers endured and continue to endure. So, while it is virtually impossible to listen to this set without falling under the shadow of Katrina, it is nonetheless a joyous, exuberant journey through a city whose music is like no other place on earth. The first disc centers on blues and R&B selections, the second on street and festival bands, the third features funk and soul sides, while the fourth offers up solo pianists demonstrating the various dimensions of the distinctive New Orleans piano style. What isn't here is much jazz, although it's safe to say that everything that is included is informed by it in one way or another. The recordings are well done, with bright sound and a delightful immediacy, and tracks like Eddie Bo's "Check Mr. Popeye," Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's horn-driven "Dollar Got the Blues," the vibrantly scuffling "It Ain't What You Think" by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington's "Funk Yard," Tuts Washington's solo piano version of the poignant (especially given recent events) "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans," and the hard charging blast of "Go to the Mardi Gras," complete with some pretty nifty whistling by the immortal Professor Longhair, are timeless gems by any standards. Upbeat, vibrant, elegant, and so full of life that one wonders how this music could ever possibly pass from this earth, City of Dreams reminds us not to take anything for granted, and certainly nothing as grand as the music of New Orleans. It isn't brick and mortar, steel beam or strung wire, but the music of Crescent City is more precious and lasting than any of those things. It'll take a lot more than Katrina to blow it away. On that you can hang your hat.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Pareles
[Rounder] recorded working musicians steeped in the city’s rolling, chattering second-line rhythms and its casual, intuitive notion of ensemble unity.

Product Details

Release Date:
Rounder / Umgd


Disc 1

  1. Carnival Time  -  Johnson
  2. Sing It  - Tracy Nelson
  3. Drawers Trouble  - Chuck Carbo
  4. Just Because
  5. Don't Mess with My Man
  6. Check Mr. Popeye  - Eddie Bo
  7. You Talk Too Much  - Joe Craig Jones
  8. Big Shot  - Marcia Ball
  9. I Bowed on My Knees  - Davell Crawford
  10. Drink Jax Beer  -  Survivors
  11. Go on Fool  - Ruth Brown
  12. Dollar Got the Blues  - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Disc 2

  1. Feel Like Funkin' It Up
  2. Sew, Sew, Sew  - Monk Boudreaux
  3. Cuttin' Out  - Professor Longhair
  4. Shoo-Fly  - Monk Boudreaux
  5. Royal Flush
  6. It Ain't What You Think
  7. All That  - Tyrus Chapman
  8. No It Ain't My Fault  -  Dejan's Olympia Brass
  9. Golden Crown  -  Wild Magnolias
  10. St. Louis Blues  -  Tuba Fats' Chosen Few Brass Band
  11. If My Shoes Hold Out  - Alvin "Red" Tyler
  12. Just a Little While to Stay Here

Disc 3

  1. You Can Stay, But the Noise Must Go
  2. Ain't No Yachts in the Ghetto  - Theryl DeClouet
  3. Rough Spots
  4. Flow On  -  All That
  5. A Corn for Crip  -  Ed Frank Quintet
  6. Keeper of the Crown  - Theodore "Bo" Dollis
  7. Body and Fender Man
  8. Gemini Rising
  9. Sweet Touch of Love
  10. Here We Go Again
  11. Funk Yard
  12. House That Jack Built  - Davell Crawford

Disc 4

  1. Hard Times  - Eddie Bo
  2. Classified
  3. Every Day, Every Night  - Professor Longhair
  4. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
  5. Tee Nah Nah
  6. On the Q-Tee
  7. Gumbo Piano  -  David Crawford
  8. All by Myself
  9. My Children  - Art Neville
  10. I Don't Know
  11. Go to the Mardi Gras  - Professor Longhair
  12. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Piano,Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano,Vocals,Foot Percussion
Snooks Eaglin   Guitar
Earl King   Guitar
John Mooney   Background Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Bo   Piano,Vocals
Solomon Burke   Vocals
Dr. John   Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Rap
Art Neville   Piano
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Irma Thomas   Vocals
Ruth Brown   Vocals
Tony Dagradi   Tenor Saxophone
Harold Dejan   Leader,Alto Saxophone
Steve Masakowski   Guitar
David Torkanowsky   Piano,Electric Piano
Earl Turbinton   Soprano Saxophone
Tuts Washington   Piano
Milton Batiste   Trumpet
Charles Neville   Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
James Booker   Piano,Vocals
Willie Tee   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
John Gilbert   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Ramsey McLean   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Herlin Riley   Drums,Background Vocals
Wendell Eugene   Trombone
Kermit Ruffins   Percussion,Trumpet,Leader,Vocals
Wessell Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Big Abba   Percussion,Human Whistle
Lawrence Adams   Background Vocals,cowbell
Johnny Adams   Vocals
Stafford Agee   Trombone
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Drums,Vocals
Kenneth Austin   Percussion,Background Vocals,Snare Drums
Tara Baley   Background Vocals
David Barard   Bass
Lionel Batiste   Bass Drums
Chris Belleau   Trombone
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
Sammy Berfect   Hammond Organ
Carl Blouin   Baritone Saxophone
Larry Boudreaux   Conga,Vocals
Leroy Breaux   Snare Drums
Charles Brentley   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Juanita Brooks   Background Vocals
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Kenneth "Skeeter" Bruce   Tambourine,Vocals
Anthony Butler   Alto Saxophone
Chuck Carbo   Vocals
Tyrus Chapman   Trombone,cowbell
Erving Charles   Bass
Jon Cleary   Piano
Cranston Clements   Guitar
Rodney Craig   Drums
Jack Cruz   Bass
Stanton Davis   Trumpet,Soloist
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Tambourine,Vocals
Myron Dove   Bass
Chuck Easterling   Trumpet
Charles Elam   Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest   Percussion,Drums
David Fender   Piano
Tom Fitzpatrick   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Forrester   Piano,Hammond Organ
Edward Frank   Leader
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Percussion,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Background Vocals
Philip Frazier   Percussion,Tuba,Leader
Ernie Gautreau   Valve Trombone
Victor Goines   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Andrew Green   Snare Drums
Corey Henry   Trombone
Lloyd Herrman   Drums
Reggie Houston   Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Snakebite Jacobs   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Norwood Johnson   Bass Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Benny Jones   Bass Drums
Leroy Jones   Trumpet
Charles Joseph   Trombone
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Fred Kemp   Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Kerr   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bnois King   Background Vocals
Craig Klein   Trombone
Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen   Tuba
Pamela Landrum   Background Vocals
Eric Langstaff   Trombone
Kenn Lending   Guitar
Ron Levy   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bruce MacDonald   Guitar
Ajay Mallery   Cymbals,Snare Drums
Delfeayo Marsalis   Trombone
Jenell Marshall   Vocals,Snare Drums
Jim McMillen   Trombone
Walter Payton   Bass
A.J. Pittman   Trumpet
Renard Poché   Guitar
George Porter   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Shannon Powell   Drums
Wardell Quezergue   Conductor
Red Rails   Baritone Saxophone
Thadeus Richard   Hammond Organ
Richardson   cowbell
Eugene Ross   Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Sazon   Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Severin   Bass,6-string Electric Bass
Derrick Shezbie   Percussion,Trumpet
Henry Singleton   Conga,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Singleton   Bass
Ward Smith   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Sunseri   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny "Quarter Moon" Tobias   Tambourine,Vocals
Michael Toles   Guitar
Efrem Towns   Trumpet
Eric Traub   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Terry Tullos   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Vidacovich   Drums
Ernest Watson   Tenor Saxophone
Derek "Dirt" Wiley   Percussion,Trumpet,Background Vocals
Keith Winking   Trumpet
Nora Wixted   Background Vocals
Craig Wroten   Piano,Keyboards
Kermit "Champ" Young   Hammond Organ
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Randy Zimmerman   Trombone
Davell Crawford   Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Glen Andrews   Trumpet
Monk Boudreaux   Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wendell Brunious   Trumpet
Larry Carter   Trumpet
Charlie Miller   Trumpet
Roderick Paulin   Tenor Saxophone
Earl J. Smith   Background Vocals
Raymond Weber   Percussion,Drums
Rick Trolsen   Trombone,Soloist
Johnson   Vocals
Frank Naundorf   Trombone
Charmaine Neville   Vocals
Edgar Smith   Tuba
Ed Petersen   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Elliot Callier   Tenor Saxophone
Nowell Glass   Bass Drums
Doug Miller   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Frank   Piano
Edmond Foucher   Trumpet
Luca Fredericksen   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Ricky Monet   Piano
Frank Oxley   Percussion,Bass Drums,Snare Drums
Cyrille Salvant   Trumpet
Darryl Adams   Alto Saxophone
Matt Perrine   Sousaphone,Tambourine
Peter Kaplan   Percussion,Bass Drums,Snare Drums
Reg Stewart   Trombone
Cornell Williams   Bass
Barney Floyd   Trumpet
Jason Mingledorff   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Alex McMurray   Guitar
Antonio Gambrell   Trumpet
Gregory Michael Davis   Trumpet
Derrick Freeman   Drums,Tambourine
Theryl DeClouet   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams   Guitar
Clarence Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
Joseph "Smokey" Johnson   Drums
Joe Craig Jones   Vocals
June Yamagishi   Guitar
Dave Woodard   Trombone
Ralph Boyd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Ward   Conga
George Johnson   Trumpet
Kevin Clark   Trumpet
Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander   Drums
Don Bennett   Bass
Tracy Lee Nelson   Vocals
Bert Cotton   Guitar
Keith "Wolf" Anderson   Percussion,Trombone,Background Vocals
Gerald Joseph   Trombone
Paul Kemperer   Saxophone
Mike Marshall   Drums
Edward Paris   Trombone

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Composer,Producer
Earl King   Composer
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   rhythm arrangement
Eddie Bo   Producer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Art Neville   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Duke Robillard   Composer
Tony Dagradi   Composer
David Torkanowsky   rhythm arrangement
Tuts Washington   Composer
Milton Batiste   Producer
W.C. Handy   Composer
James Booker   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Bobby Lance   Composer
Rebirth Brass Band   Composer
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Composer
Jim Bateman   Producer
Sammy Berfect   rhythm arrangement
John Berthelot   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Tyrus Chapman   Composer
Jack Cruz   Composer
Quint Davis   Producer
Jerry Embree   Engineer
David Farrell   Engineer
Tom Fitzpatrick   Horn Arrangements
Edward Frank   Arranger
Jay Gallagher   Engineer
Scott Goodeau   Engineer
Reginald Hall   Composer
Jeff Hannusch   Producer
Keith Keller   Producer,Engineer
Ron Levy   Producer
Professor Longhair   Composer
John Parsons   Producer,Engineer
Doc Pomus   Composer
George Porter   Producer
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Dave Richards   Engineer
Kalamu Ya Salaam   Producer
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Horn Arrangements
Joe Sunseri   Horn Arrangements
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Eric Traub   Composer
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Composer
Miles Wilkinson   Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Wyner   Mastering
Davell Crawford   Producer
Dr. John   Composer
Johnson   Composer
Tom McDermott & His Jazz Hellions   Contributor
David Egan   Composer
Ed Frank   Composer
Luca Fredericksen   Composer
Jim Albert   Engineer
George Landry   Composer
Jack Berry   Engineer
Louis Alter   Composer
Fran Landesman   Composer
Fran Robins   Composer
Tee Terry   Composer
Dorothy Esther   Composer
Wilson Turbinton   Composer
Theryl DeClouet   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Finney   Engineer
Michael Ward   Composer
James Crawford   Composer
Daryl Johnson   Composer

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