N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or D'Udda

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
A musician whose career spans from the '50s to the present tends to have quite a few friends, from both high and low places. And if that player is from New Orleans -- the cradle of jazz and nurturer of blues, R&B, and funk -- that list could practically fill the Louisiana Superdome. So it is with vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Dr. John, who has played most popular musical styles and played them well enough to heal the most depressed soul. Originally dubbed the Night Tripper (after his 1967 debut recording as a psychedelic voodoo doctor), Dr. John brings many of his hometown colleagues together for N’awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’udda, a collection that spans the sounds of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
A musician whose career spans from the '50s to the present tends to have quite a few friends, from both high and low places. And if that player is from New Orleans -- the cradle of jazz and nurturer of blues, R&B, and funk -- that list could practically fill the Louisiana Superdome. So it is with vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Dr. John, who has played most popular musical styles and played them well enough to heal the most depressed soul. Originally dubbed the Night Tripper (after his 1967 debut recording as a psychedelic voodoo doctor), Dr. John brings many of his hometown colleagues together for N’awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’udda, a collection that spans the sounds of big bands, R&B, blues, gospel, voodoo, and novelty tunes. There’s even a short instrumental tango with his touring band and the smooth pop organist Willie Tee. In addition to Crescent City–bred players, luminaries such as B. B. King, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Willie Nelson, and the soul and gospel vocalist Mavis Staples are brought into the heady roux, deepening the flavor. It’s a hefty CD: There are 18 cuts, none of them a loser. Winners include “Stakalee,” which is done in the early New Orleans R&B style and features native drummer Earl Palmer, who is often credited with creating the backbeat of rock ‘n’ roll. And Dr. John’s piano solo is fine enough to slaughter any thought that this CD is star-studded to cover up an aging talent. The usually lowdown and slow blues “St. James Infirmary” is Latinized and features the horn section of Wardell Quezergue, the noted New Orleans producer who has also worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. The early New Orleans R&B hitmaker Eddie Bo’s singing is as strong and bluesy as ever. Singer Mavis Staples shines like a neon cross in the sin-filled Latin Quarter on “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Lay My Burden Down. Staples can growl, testify, and shout without losing the sweetness of a Sunday morning Methodist choir. The anthem in the set, “Time Marches On,” would fit well in both a church and a barroom. It features one of New Orleans’ best marching bands, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and B. B. King, Willie Nelson, and Dr. John on vocals. The set opens with the instrumental “Quatre Parishe” and ends with the hymn “I’m Goin Home” (with Cyrille Neville singing like an angel), both lush and lavishly produced and featuring Quezergue’s string section. But no matter who or what moves into the spotlight on this album, nothing outshines Dr. John’s playing or singing or his place as one of American popular music’s dearest treasures. And with N’awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’udda, Dr. John has created the best musical tribute to the Crescent City to date.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or d'Udda is a very good record, but it could have been a great one. One has to wonder if the idea of having all these high-profile guest vocalists was Dr. John's, Blue Note's, or producer Stewart Levine's, in order to follow the 21st century trendiness of having "celebrity" guests on a session. This is Mac Rebennack's homeboy album, a tribute to his city and its players. He's recorded some in New Orleans, to be sure, but never has he been able to make use of the Crescent City's greatest arranger, Wardell Quezergue, to such an extent. In addition, the great Doctor was able to enlist Earl Palmer, Smokey Johnson, Nicholas Payton, Dave Bartholemew, Eddie Bo, Walter Wolfman Washington, Snooks Eaglin, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Willie Tee, and a huge slew of players to help him out on canonical N.O. repertoire. The sheer number of percussionists on this set is staggering and welcome. On nuggets like "When the Saints Go Marching In," sung funeral style, the Davell Crawford Singers and the Quezergue horns kick it with the rhythm section and front line. "St. James Infirmary" has Bo second-lining the band as he duets with Mac. The Cousin Joe Pleasant Joseph tunes like "Life's a One Way Ticket," Bartholomew's "The Monkey," and Mac's own brilliant "Shango Tango" smolder with that strutting, finger-poppin' R&B. So what's the problem? The lame, completely lifeless vocals of Randy Newman, a track with B.B. King and Willie Nelson, and Nelson on his own on three tracks that will remain nameless mar something so beautifully done that it otherwise might have been one of the finest New Orleans records since the early '60s. There are other guest vocalists who bring home the bacon on duets with Dr. John -- Mavis Staples on "Lay My Burden Down," Cyril Neville on the amazing read of Robert Gurley's "Marie Laveau," and Rebbenack's closer, "I'm Goin Home," are stellar. And King even rises to the occasion on his duet with Mac on "Hen Layin' Rooster." Dr. John is in amazing voice here, his piano playing is knife-edge tough and funky, and his performances are so inspired that they are perhaps career-defining. Three out of 18 cuts is minuscule after all, and the rest of this set is so badass that it should be purchased regardless. After all, what is the remote control for? It's a contender to be sure, but it could have been a champion.
The Independent (U. K.)
N'Awlinz returns to the musical well of his native city, quite brilliantly.

N'Awlinz returns to the musical well of his native city, quite brilliantly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724357860222
  • Catalog Number: 78602
  • Sales rank: 50,727

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quatre Parishe (2:14)
  2. 2 When the Saints Go Marching In - Mavis Staples (4:52)
  3. 3 Lay My Burden Down - Mavis Staples (4:32)
  4. 4 Marie Laveau - Mardi Gras Indians (6:49)
  5. 5 Dear Old Southland - Nicholas Payton (2:41)
  6. 6 Dis, Dat or d'Udda (4:20)
  7. 7 Chickee le Pas - Mardi Gras Indians (4:02)
  8. 8 The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew (3:49)
  9. 9 Shango Tango - Willie Tee (1:27)
  10. 10 I Ate Up the Apple Tree - Randy Newman (3:34)
  11. 11 You Ain't Such a Much (3:11)
  12. 12 Life's a One Way Ticket (4:25)
  13. 13 Hen Layin' Rooster - B.B. King (3:35)
  14. 14 Stakalee (4:34)
  15. 15 Eh las Bas - Leroy Jones (2:35)
  16. 16 St. James Infirmary (4:40)
  17. 17 Time Marches On - B.B. King (4:19)
  18. 18 I'm Goin' Home - Cyril Neville (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. John Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Snooks Eaglin Guitar, Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Guitar
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Bo Vocals, Spoken Word
Randy Newman Vocals
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Brass, Track Performer
Steve Masakowski Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Dave Bartholomew Trumpet
Willie Tee Organ, Keyboards, Vocals
Anthony Bailey Group Member
David Barard Electric Bass
Carl Blouin Saxophone, Group Member
John Boudreaux Percussion
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Viola
Joachim Cooder Percussion
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Bill Huntington Banjo, Acoustic Bass
Smokey Johnson Percussion, Bass Drums, Tambourine
Leroy Jones Trumpet
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Craig Klein Trombone, Group Member
Roger Lewis Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Cyril Neville Percussion, Vocals
Earl Palmer Drums, Snare Drums
Nicholas Payton Trumpet
Wardell Quezergue Strings, Horn
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts Bongos, Conga, Drums
Kenyatta Simon Percussion
Mavis Staples Vocals
Efrem Towns Trumpet, Group Member
Eric Traub Saxophone, Group Member
John Fohl Guitar
Monk Boudreaux Group Member
Charlie Miller Trumpet, Group Member
Bill Schultz Cello, Group Member
The Creolettes Vocals
Elliot Callier Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Connie Fitch Background Vocals, Group Member
Mei-Mei Wei Violin, Group Member
Wesley Phillips Group Member
Victor Harris Group Member
Julius McKee Tuba, Group Member
Jason Mingledorff Saxophone, Group Member
Rachel Jordan Violin, Group Member
Sammie Williams Trombone, Group Member
Brian Quezerque Conductor
Scott Slapin Viola, Group Member
Bernard E. Floyd Trumpet, Group Member
Betty Beckford Group Member
Burton Callaham Violin, Group Member
Davell Singers Crawford Choir, Chorus
Sunni Fitch Background Vocals, Group Member
Shawn Hampton Group Member
Amy Hiaville Violin, Group Member
Collins "Coach" Lewis Group Member
Mardi Gras Indians Vocals
Valeria Maxwell Group Member
Tanya Solomon Viola, Group Member
Lil Charles Taylor Group Member
Eric Trolsen Trombone, Group Member
Stephanie Whitfield Background Vocals, Group Member
Clifford Smith Group Member
Technical Credits
Dr. John Liner Notes, Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Stewart Levine Producer, Audio Production
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Wardell Quezergue Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Davell Crawford Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Dave Williams Composer
Pleasant Joseph Composer
Pearl King Composer
Joe Willoughby Composer
Jason Stasium Engineer
Ed Gerrard Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Robert Gurley Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Wesley Fontenot Digital Editing
Peter Himberger Executive Producer
Martin Kaelin Composer, Video Images
Cat Yellen Rebennack Cover Photo
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