Wednesday, December 16, 2009
ALLEN TOUSSAINT: Live At The Village Vanguard
I don't think there was much of a tour behind Allen Toussaint's "The Bright Mississippi," but I was lucky enough to catch the band during the weeklong run at New York's Village Vanguard. The band featured the same players as the recording, with the exception of Nicholas Payton, who was replaced by New Orleans' young and sublime Christian Scott on trumpet.
Here is that wonderful set from the first night. The entire show is special, but the string of songs that highlights each soloist--"Dear Old Southland," "Day Dream," and "Solitude,"-- is just outstanding.
I believe producer Joe Henry sang "St James Infirmary" every night, but it was only night one where Elvis Costello made an appearance for the Toussaint/Costello composition "Ascension Day."
Enjoy this please.
Singin' The Blues
St James Infirmary feat. Joe Henry
The Old Rugged Cross
Dear Old Southland feat. Christian Scott
Day Dream feat. Don Byron
Solitude feat. Marc Ribot
West End Blues
vamp & announcements
The Bright Mississippi
Long, Long Journey
Ascension Day feat. Elvis Costello