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The Bright Mississippi is Allen Toussaint’s first solo album in more than a decade. Produced by friend and frequent collaborator Joe Henry, the record includes songs by jazz greats such as Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. Toussaint and Henry created a band of highly regarded musicians for the sessions: clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist David Piltch, and percussionist Jay Bellerose. Additionally, pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman each join Toussaint for a track.
Growing up and learning to play the piano in New Orleans, Toussaint knew the music that is on The Bright Mississippi well, although his career tended more toward rock and popular music. He admits that, as a performer, he hadn't tackled material like "West End Blues" and "St. James Infirmary."
"I hadn’t caressed them on my own, except to listen from time to time in passing. I always loved those songs, but I had never been in a setting where that is what I would do for a while. Until now."
He calls the experience of making The Bright Mississippi "wonderful."
"Everything is live, of course. This isn’t the kind of assembly line music where somebody put the wheels on here and somebody put the top on there. Everything got done at the same time, so everybody fed on each other, their personality and tonality." From the Label
Performance CreditsAllen Toussaint Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Don Byron Clarinet
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar
Joshua Redman Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Brad Mehldau Piano,Guest Appearance
Nicholas Payton Trumpet
David Piltch Upright Bass
Jay Bellerose Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsLeonard Feather Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Django Reinhardt Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Joe Henry Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Sidney Bechet Composer
David Bither Executive Producer
Con Conrad Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
William Claxton Cover Photo
C. Williams Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Raymond Bloch Composer
John Reid Composer
Joe Oliver Composer
Ronen Givony Editorial Coordinator
Raymond Bloch Composer
J. Oliver Composer
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