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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...
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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
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248016023
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 24,968

Album Credits

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
The Creole Zydeco Farmers Track Performer
Joe KK Track Performer
French Rockin' Boogie Track Performer
The 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
Daren Gill Mastering
Emily Lazar Mastering
Robby "Mann" Robinson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE ZYDECO

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Music Around

    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!!!!!!!

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