City of Dreams: A Collection of New Orleans Music

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661219625
  • Catalog Number: 612196


Disc 1
  1. 1 Carnival Time - Al Johnson (2:41)
  2. 2 Sing It - Tracy Nelson (4:20)
  3. 3 Drawers Trouble - Chuck Carbo (4:31)
  4. 4 Just Because (2:57)
  5. 5 Don't Mess with My Man (2:22)
  6. 6 Check Mr. Popeye - Eddie Bo (2:16)
  7. 7 You Talk Too Much - Joe Craig Jones (2:32)
  8. 8 Big Shot - Marcia Ball (3:57)
  9. 9 I Bowed on My Knees - Davell Crawford (3:55)
  10. 10 Drink Jax Beer - The Survivors (3:08)
  11. 11 Go on Fool - Ruth Brown (4:31)
  12. 12 Dollar Got the Blues - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (4:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Feel Like Funkin' It Up (5:07)
  2. 2 Sew, Sew, Sew - Monk Boudreaux (4:18)
  3. 3 Cuttin' Out - Professor Longhair (2:37)
  4. 4 Shoo-Fly - Monk Boudreaux (6:11)
  5. 5 Royal Flush (5:37)
  6. 6 It Ain't What You Think (4:23)
  7. 7 All That - Tyrus Chapman (7:33)
  8. 8 No It Ain't My Fault - Dejan's Olympia Brass (3:58)
  9. 9 Golden Crown - The Wild Magnolias (3:54)
  10. 10 St. Louis Blues - Tuba Fats' Chosen Few Brass Band (4:58)
  11. 11 If My Shoes Hold Out - Alvin "Red" Tyler (4:32)
  12. 12 Just a Little While to Stay Here (6:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You Can Stay, But the Noise Must Go (6:18)
  2. 2 Ain't No Yachts in the Ghetto - Theryl DeClouet (4:51)
  3. 3 Rough Spots (4:13)
  4. 4 Flow On - All That (4:06)
  5. 5 A Corn for Crip - Ed Frank Quintet (4:33)
  6. 6 Keeper of the Crown - Theodore "Bo" Dollis (4:50)
  7. 7 Body and Fender Man (5:33)
  8. 8 Gemini Rising (4:26)
  9. 9 Sweet Touch of Love (3:34)
  10. 10 Here We Go Again (6:49)
  11. 11 Funk Yard (5:00)
  12. 12 House That Jack Built - Davell Crawford (7:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Hard Times - Eddie Bo (2:37)
  2. 2 Classified (3:16)
  3. 3 Every Day, Every Night - Professor Longhair (2:22)
  4. 4 Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (6:18)
  5. 5 Tee Nah Nah (1:57)
  6. 6 On the Q-Tee (2:04)
  7. 7 Gumbo Piano - David Crawford (3:35)
  8. 8 All by Myself (3:31)
  9. 9 My Children - Art Neville (3:18)
  10. 10 I Don't Know (4:52)
  11. 11 Go to the Mardi Gras - Professor Longhair (2:50)
  12. 12 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans (2:53)
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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 Jr. Trumpet, Soloist
Theodore "Bo" Dollis Tambourine, Vocals
Myron Dove Bass
Chuck Easterling Trumpet
Charles Elam III Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest III 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 Jr. Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Shannon Powell Drums
Wardell Quezergue Conductor
Red Rails Baritone Saxophone
Thadeus Richard Hammond Organ
Al 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 Jr. Background Vocals
Raymond Weber Percussion, Drums
Rick Trolsen Trombone, Soloist
Al 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 II Trumpet
Derrick Freeman Drums, Tambourine
Theryl DeClouet Vocals, Guest Appearance
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams Guitar
Clarence Johnson III 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 Jr. 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
Mac Rebennack Composer
Al 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 Jr. Composer
Daryl Johnson Composer
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