Tribal

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dr. John revived his "Night Tripper" persona at the 2006 Bonnaroo Festival. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, his sense of urgency about Louisiana and the Gulf region allowed his spiritual persona free rein in concerts and interviews for the first time since the '70s. He wore the garb on-stage and brought his entire history as a musician to bear in his performances. He's become a full-fledged activist who does his part educating the world about his geography's unique significance as a musical, spiritual, and environmental territory. As an album, Tribal, employs some of the spookier elements of Dr. John's earlier recordings like Gris Gris, but it's all rooted in blues, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dr. John revived his "Night Tripper" persona at the 2006 Bonnaroo Festival. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, his sense of urgency about Louisiana and the Gulf region allowed his spiritual persona free rein in concerts and interviews for the first time since the '70s. He wore the garb on-stage and brought his entire history as a musician to bear in his performances. He's become a full-fledged activist who does his part educating the world about his geography's unique significance as a musical, spiritual, and environmental territory. As an album, Tribal, employs some of the spookier elements of Dr. John's earlier recordings like Gris Gris, but it's all rooted in blues, funk, folk traditions, and R&B that have been at the heart of his musical career since the '50s. His crack unit, the Lower 911, are augmented by a number of guests, including a horn section led and arranged by saxophonist Alonzo Bowens, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison himself a Mardis Gras Indian Chief, a string section arranged by Wardell Quezergue, Derek Trucks on select cuts, and the fine backing vocal trio of Elaine Foster, Lisa Foster, and Erica Falls throughout. Dr. John wrote or co-wrote 13 of the set's 14 cuts there are 16 on the vinyl version. Musically "Jinky Jinx," the title track with its Oglala Lakota Indian chant intro, and the guitar- and percussion-driven voodoo blues on "Manoovas" with Trucks hearken back to the '70s with better production. But current modes, such as slippery R&B and jazz, are fused on the album-opener "Feel Good Music," and a shimmering old-school New Orleans intro gives way to a laid-back yet fingerpopping political R&B in Allen Toussaint's "Big Gap." There's Southern-fried groove in "Change of Heart," one of three songs co-written with the late Bobby Charles, whose memory the album is dedicated to; "Podnah" is another, but it's a nasty blues. A gritty, late-night funk saturates "When I'm Right, I'm Wrong" and "What's wit Dat" a scathing admonition to eat healthy. He also lays down the socio-political second line in "Them," and the angry, jazz-fueled swagger in "Only in Amerika." Dr. John's piano and organ, which are everywhere present, highlight the beautiful closer "A Place in the Sun." When taken as a whole, Tribal is a revelation: it traces Dr. John's entire past, and integrates everything into a whole that is familiar yet points forward. Thematically, Tribal meditates on the state of the country and the world; it exhorts listeners to quit bullshitting one another because our mutual survival depends upon it. This isn't just a logical follow-up to 2008's excellent The City That Care Forgot, it's close to a career-defining summation from one of America's most important musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041780324
  • Catalog Number: 17803
  • Sales rank: 70,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feel Good Music - The Lower 911 (3:23)
  2. 2 Lissen At Our Prayer - The Lower 911 (4:00)
  3. 3 Big Gap - The Lower 911 (4:33)
  4. 4 Change of Heart - The Lower 911 (3:39)
  5. 5 When I'm Right (I'm Wrong) - The Lower 911 (4:13)
  6. 6 Jinky Jinx - The Lower 911 (3:21)
  7. 7 Manoovas - The Lower 911 (4:09)
  8. 8 Tribal - The Lower 911 (6:51)
  9. 9 Music Came - The Lower 911 (4:06)
  10. 10 Them - The Lower 911 (3:17)
  11. 11 Only in America - The Lower 911 (3:07)
  12. 12 Whut's Wit Dat - The Lower 911 (4:20)
  13. 13 Potnah - The Lower 911 (4:19)
  14. 14 A Place in the Sun - The Lower 911 (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. John Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals
David Barard Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carl Blouin Baritone Saxophone
Alonzo Bowens Tenor Saxophone
Herman V. Ernest III Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Elaine Foster Background Vocals
Lisa Foster Background Vocals
Donald Harrison Alto Saxophone
Marcel Richardson Organ, Piano
Derek Trucks Guitar
Kenneth "Afro" Williams Percussion, Background Vocals
Erica Falls Background Vocals
John Fohl Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Mullins Trombone
Charlie Miller Trumpet
Helen Gillet Cello
Herman Ernest Vocals
Harry Hardin Violin
Charla Herman Chant
Natalia Casante Violin
Lulu Siker Chant
Lauren Lemmler Viola
Technical Credits
Dr. John Producer
Chris Bailey Drum Technician
Alonzo Bowens Horn Arrangements
Greg Calbi Mastering
Herman V. Ernest III Producer
Wardell Quezergue String Arrangements
Rick Slater Engineer
Chris Finney Engineer, Additional Production
Mike Dorsey Drum Technician
Christopher Carroll Art Direction
Herman Ernest Duet
Babette Rittenberg Sculpture
Luke Quinn Artwork
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