Friday, May 11, 2018
"Crescent City Six Pack": THE WEEKEND MINI-MIX
I didn't have a mix prepared for today, but I did still have New Orleans on my mind. I realize some of you may not share the same affinity for the music of New Orleans that I do, so rather than burden you with 75 minutes, I've put together a quickie that you will hopefully have the patience to listen to. Plus, I now have it out of my system...for the time being.
All Right Now- Jon Cleary
Cleary is always a must-see when he comes to town or when I go to his. He first played this Free cover live in 2007, then released it on an E.P.. One of my favorite Cleary tunes is something he hasn't recorded, but more on that later.
Flame On-The Iguanas
The Iguanas are another fave. They've been holding court on Wednesdays at The Circle Bar for as long as I've been going to New Orleans, which is almost 20 years, and it was only this past visit, that I finally got to see them play on their turf, in that tiny place with the greatest jukebox on Earth. I don't know why it took so long.
Southern Man-John Boutte
If you check out today's Song Of the Day, you will see and hear John Boutte covering Pink Floyd. Every year, John pulls out a cover and makes it sound like it was written in and for New Orleans. I haven't listened to Neil's "Southern Man" the same way since.
Lovely- Maurice Brown
I met Maurice about 15 years ago, at a now defunct club called the Funky Butt. He was playing with his band Soul'd U Out, in a room no bigger than a living room. The band members, which included a very young Jon Batiste on keyboards, were literally climbing in through the French doors and windows, over patrons, to get to their instruments. That show, remains one of the most thrilling sets of live music I have ever witnessed. Maurice and I have remained friends and we spent some quality time together on this past trip. Though he is originally from Chicago, we both feel like New Orleans is where it truly started for him. This is from his "Cycle Of Love" record and it is a Maurice original with one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard.
21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man-Taj Mahal
As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite Jon Cleary tunes is something he hadn't recorded. It was given to Taj Mahal and this is it. Everything about this tune, from the gorgeous arrangement to the heartbreak delivery of Taj's vocals, kills me. About 2-3 years ago, I commented on Cleary's Facebook page, that he should record this himself. During his set at Fest on the 25th, he said, "Here's something I had written for Taj Mahal that I finally recorded myself. It will be on our new album, Dynamite, due out July 13th!" Man, was I happy right then and there.
When The Levee Breaks-Stanton Moore Trio
I have raved about Stanton and his drumming time and again, and again, his performance the evening I arrived in the Crescent City, was off the rails. He is a personal fave and it seemed appropriate to finish off the mini-set with this classic.
Thanks everyone! Enjoy...I hope.