Livin' a Treme Life

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Kermit Ruffins is one of the prime reasons why New Orleans is mending post-Katrina, bringing his good-time music to the people as an entertainer. As a trumpet player and singer of heritage jazz, soul, and popular music, he's uplifting the spirit of Crescent City dwellers who are slowly but surely rebuilding their neighborhoods. This CD further defines that role, as he brings traditional swing and shuffle rhythms, a bit of funk, and standardized Mardi Gras-style music to the table -- predictable, reliable, and charming. Where Ruffins goes beyond this repertoire is a question to be answered later, but for now he stays in the pocket from his previous recordings without ...
See more details below
CD
$15.35
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$16.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $5.65   
  • New (4) from $12.31   
  • Used (1) from $5.65   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Kermit Ruffins is one of the prime reasons why New Orleans is mending post-Katrina, bringing his good-time music to the people as an entertainer. As a trumpet player and singer of heritage jazz, soul, and popular music, he's uplifting the spirit of Crescent City dwellers who are slowly but surely rebuilding their neighborhoods. This CD further defines that role, as he brings traditional swing and shuffle rhythms, a bit of funk, and standardized Mardi Gras-style music to the table -- predictable, reliable, and charming. Where Ruffins goes beyond this repertoire is a question to be answered later, but for now he stays in the pocket from his previous recordings without wavering. It's good to hear him do a funky version of reggae star Johnny Nash's hit "I Can See Clearly Now" with the Bonerama horn section, tacking a typical New Orleans strut onto "Hi-Heel Sneakers," decently covering the Isley Brothers soul/R&B tune "For the Love of You," and making his best effort playing Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," although it shows imperfections. Shuffle rhythms prevail in traditional fashion during the self-centered "I Ate Up the Apple Tree" and "I Got Mine," both closest to the tradition established by Louis Armstrong, who Ruffins so desperately would like to be as he sings about "living on chicken and wine" during the latter track. Allen Toussaint's "Holy Cow" is classic New Orleans rhythm & blues, done well but not exceptionally, and "Didn't He Ramble?" runs parallel to the vintage jazz tradition in fine style. The greatest strength of this recording lies in the backup band, with the extraordinary pianist and Fender Rhodes veteran David Torkanowsky making sterling contributions throughout. Drummer Herlin Riley and bassist George Porter, Jr. also add exponentially to the musical backdrop, as do members of the Rebirth Brass Band on "For the Love of You" and the delightful light swinger "Good Morning New Orleans," one of four originals written by Ruffins. While his trumpet playing is standard fare, the music is tinged with a happy/sad feeling, glad to be alive and even thriving in tough times, but clearly tempered by the passing of his father, Lloyd Hampton Ruffins. It's another good, pleasing recording of many by the talented jazzman.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905010723
  • Catalog Number: 107
  • Sales rank: 68,221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Didn't He Ramble (5:51)
  2. 2 I Ate Up the Apple Tre (5:23)
  3. 3 Good Morning New Orleans (3:34)
  4. 4 Holy Cow (3:15)
  5. 5 Hey Naa (3:54)
  6. 6 I Got Mine (3:14)
  7. 7 I Can See Clearly Now - Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (7:24)
  8. 8 High Heel Sneakers (4:11)
  9. 9 Hello Good Evening (4:47)
  10. 10 Song for My Father (4:17)
  11. 11 For the Love of You (5:00)
  12. 12 Tremé Mardi Gras (5:04)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kermit Ruffins Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
David Torkanowsky Piano, fender rhodes
Herlin Riley Percussion, Drums
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier Bass Drums
Corey Henry Trombone
Carl LeBlanc Banjo
Kevin Morris Bass, Upright Bass
George Porter Jr. Bass, Upright Bass
Eric Traub Tenor Saxophone
Mark Mullins Trombone, Horn
Evan Christopher Clarinet
Percy Williams Conga
June Yamagishi Guitar
Phil Frazier Tuba
Lisa Phillips Background Vocals
Betty Winn Background Vocals
Greg Hicks Horn
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Trombone, Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Vernon Ward Background Vocals
Tonia Powell Vocals
Patrice Hardin Background Vocals
Lisa Phillips Background Vocals
Dewon Scott Drums
Derek Tabb Snare Drums
Betty Winn Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
Mark Bingham Engineer
Kermit Ruffins Composer
Tracey Freeman Producer, Audio Production
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Mark Mullins Horn Arrangements
Mark Samuels Executive Producer, Audio Production
Vlado Meller Mastering
Chris Finney Engineer
Wesley Fontenot Engineer
K. Ruffins Composer
R.B. Isley Composer
J. Hill Composer
Baby Jae Composer
H. Bolton Composer
H. Silver Composer
R. Higgenbotham Composer
D. Williams Composer
J. Nash Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously