Live at Vaughan's

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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") ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905010624
  • Catalog Number: 106
  • Sales rank: 79,703

Album Credits

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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