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Silver Jubilee: Best of Zachary Richard 1973-1998
     

Silver Jubilee: Best of Zachary Richard 1973-1998

by Zachary Richard
 
If one man's music could be said to reflect all the current blends and flavors of today's Cajun music, Zachary Richard would be that man. Compared to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for his boundary-busting musicality ("Johnny Danser") and to William Faulkner for his detailed, evocative writing about the land of his birth ("Sunset on Louisianne"

Overview

If one man's music could be said to reflect all the current blends and flavors of today's Cajun music, Zachary Richard would be that man. Compared to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for his boundary-busting musicality ("Johnny Danser") and to William Faulkner for his detailed, evocative writing about the land of his birth ("Sunset on Louisianne"), Richard has made a quarter-century-plus career out of the dualities of Louisiana music. His is a tradition written in both English and French, celebrating the dance and mourning the separations of life. SILVER JUBILEE is a great place to meet the man, offering the dark narrative "Six Bullets in Satan," a long-lost 1972 recording from Richard's first, unreleased album, and a wide-ranging selection from his 13 other albums. Highlights include the haunting "Cap Enrage"; "Crawfish," a rollicking fusion of Cajun with country dance; "Joe Pitre," a playful zydeco tune; and the somber ballad "Dans Le Nord Canadien," an homage to Acadie's Canadian roots. Richard, who has performed in Quebec and Paris as much as in his native Bayou State, brings it all back home with his classic statement of Cajun pride, "Ma Louisianne."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Philip Van Vleck
Music fans who enjoy Cajun music in general, and the work of Zachary Richard in particular, will find that this retrospective is a very musical, quite effective summary of his career to date. Richard is without question one of the most distinctive and significant artists Acadien music has ever produced. The CD features 19 songs, all either Richard originals or his arrangements of traditional material like "Travailler C'est Trop Dur" and "Bon Temps Rouler." Richard can get down on that two-step boogie as proficiently as anyone -- just listen to "Filé Gumbo," "Joe Pitre," "Crawfish," "Johnny Danser," and his definitive rendition of "Who Stole My Monkey" (a Richard original). His more pop-oriented persona -- no doubt the result of his extended sojourns in Quebec -- is well represented by "Cap Enragé" and "Dans la Nord Canadien," and his fancy for blues and R&B is typified by songs like "La Berçeuse Créole" and "Everytime." Richard is everything you'd expect from a Cajun artist, but he's also pursued music much further afield than any other Acadien musician of his generation. Silver Jubilee does an especially good job of showcasing the range of music Richard has performed in the past quarter century.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227583620
catalogNumber:
75836

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Performance Credits

Zachary Richard   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Michael Doucet   Fiddle
Richard Beaudet   Saxophone
Bobby Campo   Conga,Cabasa
Bessyl Duhon   Fiddle
Denis Farmer   Drums
Roy Harrington   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce MacDonald   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
George Porter   Bass
Kenneth Richard   Mandolin,Vocals
Mark Sanders   Conga,Timbales,Claves
Robert Stanley   Guitar
Brian Stoltz   Guitar
Bonnie Guidry   Violin
Marshall Cyr   Trumpet
Judi Richards   Background Vocals
Hazel Bagent   Background Vocals
Dana Pierre Breaux   Guitar
Mike Dion   Bass
Victor Palmer   Alto Saxophone
Michel Seguin   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Triangle,Toubeleki
Jeff Fisher   Synthesizer
Alma Faye Brooks   Background Vocals
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
Dorothy D. Jefferson   Background Vocals
Maria M. Rogers   Background Vocals
Ronnie Palmer   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Zachary Richard   Arranger,Producer
Joe Hammer   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer,Engineer
Pierre Lattes   Producer
Jim Scott   Producer
Claude Thomas   Inlay Photography
Bill Wray   Producer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Stuart Brinin   Inlay Photography
Dominique Blanc-Francard   Producer
Jan Arnow   Inlay Photography
Oliver Bloch-Laine   Producer
Todd Mouton   Liner Notes
Thane Tierney   Producer,Liner Notes
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Kent Hutslar   Back Cover,Cover Photo
Francard   Producer

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