Putumayo Presents Zydeco

Putumayo Presents Zydeco

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Putumayo's ZYDECO, released in conjunction with the R&B-heavy LOUISIANA GUMBO, is a boiling cauldron of infectious grooves. It easily serves double duty as an informative introduction to the genre or the perfect soundtrack to an enthusiast's house party. Like the Louisiana Creole culture out of which it sprung following World War II,

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Putumayo's ZYDECO, released in conjunction with the R&B-heavy LOUISIANA GUMBO, is a boiling cauldron of infectious grooves. It easily serves double duty as an informative introduction to the genre or the perfect soundtrack to an enthusiast's house party. Like the Louisiana Creole culture out of which it sprung following World War II, zydeco music is a rich stew of different traditions -- blues, R&B, African, Caribbean, and Cajun -- each adding its own flavor to a mix that, in the end, sounds like nothing else. The main ingredient is the accordion, as much a rhythmic as a melodic instrument in the hands of zydeco masters such as Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, and Boozoo Chavis. Each of these legends steps up to the mike here. Chavis's accordion drives the tight groove of "Lula Don't You Go to Bingo," Ida offers a lilting shuffle, and Chenier rolls through 1973's "Calinda," a blues jam featuring guitarist Elvin Bishop. A blues vibe runs through many of the tracks, informing Roise Ledet's "You're No Good for Me" and Buckwheat Zydeco's slow moan "I'm on the Wonder." A younger generation of zydeco players is also here to show what it means to be part of a living tradition. Rather than repeating the sounds of their elders, Keith Frank and Chris Ardoin (grandson of Creole accordion pioneer Amede Aroin) each update their selections with more recent sounds of the Caribbean, be it reggae or ska. They ensure the party captured on ZYDECO will be going for a long time. Karl Hagstrom Miller

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christina Roden
Zydeco is the favored social and dance music of Louisiana's Creole population, who are the descendants of African and Afro-Caribbean slaves and free people of color. The related Cajun style occupies a similar place in the lives of a nearby white community, whose ancestors were a colony of French settlers called Acadians. Creoles are proud of their language, customs, and cuisine, and guard them fiercely. However, as time passes, zydeco has inevitably become heavily influenced by soul, R&B, funk, and gospel, although the time-honored squeezeboxes and metal washboards are usually still somewhere in evidence among the woodwinds, brass, and electric guitars. Among this lineup, the more traditional tunes tend to be the winners. Boozoo Chavis' "Lula Lula Don't You Go to Bingo" is a hilarious cautionary tale about the evils of gambling, while the riff underpinning Clifton Chenier's "Calinda" has been unceremoniously lifted by several rock bands, including the Rolling Stones in "Under-Assistant West Coast Promo Man." Joe KK and Zydeco Force contribute "Hootchie Cootchie," a roistering floor-filler full of fortune telling and macho bravado. The rhythms tend as much toward the straight-ahead stomp of Chicago blues as the more usual chug-chug preferred by the old timers, but even the more diluted tunes have a certain earthy, swinging something that screams zydeco from a mile away.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248016023
catalogNumber:
160
Rank:
40693

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Performance Credits

Buckwheat Zydeco   Track Performer
Clifton Chenier   Track Performer
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas   Track Performer
Zydeco Force   Track Performer
Beau Jocque   Track Performer
Boozoo Chavis   Track Performer
Geno Delafose   Track Performer
Keith Frank   Track Performer
Queen Ida   Track Performer
Rosie Ledet   Track Performer
Chris Ardoin   Track Performer
Jude Taylor   Track Performer
Creole Zydeco Farmers   Track Performer
Joe KK   Track Performer
French Rockin' Boogie   Track Performer
Soileau Zydeco Band   Track Performer
Double Clutchin'   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Delafose   Composer
Nathan Williams   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Michael Tisserand   Liner Notes
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
Robby "Mann" Robinson   Composer

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Zydeco [Putumayo] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was never a big fan of zydeco, despite growing up in Louisiana. Once I left home and was fortunate to come across this CD, I fell in love with it. Whenever I am feeling home sick, I play this CD and dance the blues away. I've bought this CD for my non-Louisiana friends and they love it too. As usual, Putumayo delivers a great product.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello I have been to N.O. on several occasions. The food and party atmosphere is none like no other! The music gets under your skin and you just can't shake it. I have several CDs., in this catagory. But found this group on a CD at a clients house. Fell in love with it! Can't say enough, about this type of music. The only way that one would not get up and enjoy it, would be if they were dead! Shoot, who knows...maybe that woundn't stop me...either. Can't wait to get a copy of this for myself. I know I will play it out!!!! Keep up the music!!!!!!!