Louisiana Gumbo

Louisiana Gumbo

     
 

Louisiana music is a rich stew of blues, jazz, Cajun, and Caribbean traditions. LOUISIANA GUMBO, released in conjunction with Putumayo's excellent ZYDECO, provides a 13-course introduction to the state's rhythm and blues legacy. With such a vibrant cadre of Louisiana artists from which to draw, it is little surprise that Putumayo has come up…  See more details below

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Louisiana music is a rich stew of blues, jazz, Cajun, and Caribbean traditions. LOUISIANA GUMBO, released in conjunction with Putumayo's excellent ZYDECO, provides a 13-course introduction to the state's rhythm and blues legacy. With such a vibrant cadre of Louisiana artists from which to draw, it is little surprise that Putumayo has come up with a solidly rocking collection. Things kick off with "It's Your Voo Doo Working," a 1961 side from the overlooked Charles Sheffield. Its funky combination of R&B horn lines with a swamp beat sets the mood for what follows. Carol Fran belts "Door Poppin' " as her husband, guitarist Clarence Hollimon, channels the late T-Bone Walker. The dynastic Neville Brothers contribute "Voo Doo" from YELLOW MOON, and zydeco king Clifton Chenier rolls through the bluesy "Ti Na Na." The Louisiana tradition of funky instrumental jams, pioneered by the Meters or Professor Longhair, is also well represented. Pianist James Booker heats up "African Gumbo," adding organ, guitar, and horns to his inspired exchanges with legendary drummer John Boudreaux, and Eddie Bo mines a deep groove in "Piano Roll." This just begins to scratch the surface of this rollicking collection. With tracks by Percy Mayfield, Snooks Eaglin, and Rockin' Dopsie Jr., among others, LOUISIANA GUMBO has all the ingredients for a struttin' house party New Orleans-style. Karl Hagstrom Miller

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The folks at Putumayo got it right on this one. The easiest trap to fall into when putting together a Louisiana compilation is to go for the tourist stuff -- the Dixieland jazz , the second-line horn bands, or zydeco. There's nothing the matter with any of those traditions, but they're so obvious. What this compilation focuses on is New Orleans R&B, a tradition as rich as the others but not unique to the area and therefore not typically marketed aggressively by chambers of commerce and travel agencies. Louisiana Gumbo starts off strong, with Charles Sheffield's "It's Your Voodoo Working" and the even better "Door Poppin'" by Carol Fran and Clarence Holliman -- and then it gets even better. The late pianist James Booker is at his best on the spicy "African Gumbo" (the secret ingredient of which is the legendary drummer John Boudreaux), and there are equally fine contributions from Johnny Adams, Clifton Chenier (okay, they did include some zydeco) and, especially, Percy Mayfield, whose strange but brilliant "Festis Believe in Justice" is the album's highlight track. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248016122
catalogNumber:
161

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snooks Eaglin   Track Performer
Percy Mayfield   Track Performer
Clifton Chenier   Track Performer
Eddie Bo   Track Performer
Neville Brothers   Track Performer
James Booker   Track Performer
Lynn August   Track Performer
Johnny Adams   Track Performer
Carol Fran   Track Performer
Clarence Holliman   Track Performer
Charles Sheffield   Track Performer
Rockin' Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters   Track Performer
Rockie Charles   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Clarence Holliman   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Michael Tisserand   Liner Notes
Rockie Charles   Composer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
Daren Gill   Mastering
Jacob Edgar   Liner Notes
Emily Lazar   Mastering

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