Happy Talk

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
It's no secret that New Orleans is a melting pot, a nexus that mixed African, Cuban, Native American, and European music to create a distinctive rhythm and attitude that can be found nowhere else in the U.S. New Orleans is the only city in American with a distinctive sound, and while you may not be able to describe it, you know it when you hear it. Even in a city known for musicians with a unique take on things, bandleader and trumpet player Kermit Ruffins stands out for his wide-ranging stylistic approach. Happy Talk tackles everything from low-down blues to Dixieland, with Ruffins well-known panache. "If I Only Had a Brain," from The Wizard of Oz, is given a Latin tinge by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
It's no secret that New Orleans is a melting pot, a nexus that mixed African, Cuban, Native American, and European music to create a distinctive rhythm and attitude that can be found nowhere else in the U.S. New Orleans is the only city in American with a distinctive sound, and while you may not be able to describe it, you know it when you hear it. Even in a city known for musicians with a unique take on things, bandleader and trumpet player Kermit Ruffins stands out for his wide-ranging stylistic approach. Happy Talk tackles everything from low-down blues to Dixieland, with Ruffins well-known panache. "If I Only Had a Brain," from The Wizard of Oz, is given a Latin tinge by Herlin Riley's inventive percussion work. Ruffins sings the lyric simply, then gives the band plenty of room to explored the tune's changes with fine solos from Ruffins, Riley, trombonist Corey Henry, and pianist Matt Lemmler. Ruffins swings through "Happy Talk," an optimistic love song from South Pacific, delivers a jumpin' jivey version of "Hey Look Me Over" from Lucille Ball's Wildcat, and plays Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" in a slow, mournful tempo that intensifies the song's feeling of hopeless love. His expressive vocal wrings every bit of emotion out of each word with a measured delivery that stretches every breath almost to its breaking point. Ruffins also contributes two original tunes. "New Orleans (My Home Town)" is a slow blues featuring Ruffins' smoky, muted trumpet and playful vocal, Lemmler's late-night piano, and Daryll McCoy's Memphis-style guitar fills, while "I Got a Tremé Woman" is a rousing jump blues with an exuberant, barely contained energy that features the trombone of Henry and David Pulphus' inventive acoustic bass. Ruffins has been getting a lot of exposure on the HBO series Tremé, and although he's been touring more, he still holds down his weekly gig at Vaughan's Lounge, just as he's done for the past 17 years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905011126
  • Catalog Number: 111
  • Sales rank: 95,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Panama (5:16)
  2. 2 Hey Look At Me (3:41)
  3. 3 Ain't That Good News (3:34)
  4. 4 La Vie En Rose (3:54)
  5. 5 Happy Talk (5:19)
  6. 6 If I Only Had a Brain (9:07)
  7. 7 High Hopes (4:25)
  8. 8 I Got a Tremé Woman (5:44)
  9. 9 Shine (2:55)
  10. 10 Sugar (7:46)
  11. 11 More Today Than Yesterday (3:59)
  12. 12 New Orleans (My Home Town) (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kermit Ruffins Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Herlin Riley Drums
Bobby Campo Trumpet
Corey Henry Trombone
Ray Moore Baritone Saxophone
Eric Traub Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Mark Mullins Trombone, Soloist
Jimmy Weber Trumpet
Percy Williams Percussion
Matt Lemmler Piano
Neshia Ruffins Background Vocals
David Pulphus Bass
Mike Jenner Tenor Saxophone
Kristiaan Lewis Background Vocals
Micahel White Clarinet
Daryll McCoy Guitar, Soloist
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Kermit Ruffins Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Tracey Freeman Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Mack David Composer
Edna Alexander Composer
Mark Samuels Executive Producer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Chris Finney Engineer
Matt Lemmler Arranger
Guglielmi Luis Guglielmo Composer
William H. Tyers Composer
Sidney D. Mitchell Composer
Patrick Upton Composer
Édith Giovanna Gassion Composer
Tom Thompson Management
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