Live at Vaughan's

Live at Vaughan's

by Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
     
 

Since he left New Orleans's seminal second-liners the Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins has cut out an enviable niche for himself as an unapologetic update of Louis Armstrong himself, replete with vocal rasp and Dixieland trumpet. But it's no tourist gimmick, as Live at Vaughan's attests. Recorded at the Bywater dive where he's been holding weekly jazz 'n' bbqSee more details below

Overview

Since he left New Orleans's seminal second-liners the Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins has cut out an enviable niche for himself as an unapologetic update of Louis Armstrong himself, replete with vocal rasp and Dixieland trumpet. But it's no tourist gimmick, as Live at Vaughan's attests. Recorded at the Bywater dive where he's been holding weekly jazz 'n' bbq nights for years, the album captures Kermit the local phenomenon. What was for Armstrong crossover fare ("I've Got the World on a String") is nothing but Nawlins folk music for the Barbecue Swingers, and their rambunctious take on more contemporary (that is, '70s) soul ("If You Want Me to Stay" and "Ooh Child") as well as street-level second line jams bubbles with excitement and charm.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Trumpeter/vocalist Kermit Ruffins is known for his role as a good-time music-maker from New Orleans. Fans who have been at one of his live shows should appreciate this club date of music with his group, the Barbecue Swingers. Tucked in the corner of Vaughan's Bar, Ruffins and friends present a program of contemporary New Orleans struts and shuffles, blues, and R&B. It's evident the crowd is into it, judging by the whoops and hollers in the background. The leader fancies himself more of an entertainer than groundbreaking musician, akin to latter-period Louis Armstrong. The more jammin' numbers are a New Orleans-flavored version of the swing-era classic "Skokiaan"; their signature tune, "Palm Court Strut"; the original "Treme' Second Line"; and an interesting modal take on James Brown's "Talking Loud and Saying Nothing," where the best trumpet playing of Ruffins is heard. Occasionally a synthesizer wash creeps in, less attractive than the electric piano or electric bass guitar accenting an overall modernized, louder approach in order to get across. "Can't Take My Baby Nowhere" is the best 12-bar blues, approaching campiness, and while derivative, the Ruffins original "Drop Me Off in New Orleans" displays the deft rambling shuffle beat commonly associated with the Crescent City. There are a couple of throwaways, particularly Neshia Ruffins' childish vocals on "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" and the closer, "O-o-h Child," a pop/R&B
ap song with arrogant lyrics contradictorily rude and praising. Otherwise, this is a fun set of music best heard in the house, rather than repeated listenings in your house.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
Label:
Basin Street Records
UPC:
0652905010624
catalogNumber:
106
Rank:
10770

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Performance Credits

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers   Primary Artist
Kermit Ruffins   Indexed Contributor,Trumpet,Vocals
Corey Henry   Trombone
Kevin Morris   Electric Bass
Roderick Paulin   Saxophone
Percy Williams   Percussion
Derrick Freeman   Drums,Vocals
Richard Knox   Keyboards
Neshia Ruffins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
William DeVaughn   Composer
Kermit Ruffins   Composer,Producer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Bob French   Composer,Introduction
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Parker Dinkins   Mastering
Ted Koehler   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
August Msarurgwa   Composer

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