Post Tagged with: "Allen Toussaint"

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Kingfish” from Electric Dirt (2009)

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Kingfish” from Electric Dirt (2009)

This absurdly fun street parade of song finds Levon Helm winking and growling through a darkly humorous lyric about the galvanizing rule of Huey Long in Depression-era Louisiana.

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

The Band is revealed in all of its muscular, almost (but never completely) out-of-control on-stage glory — bolstered, in a meeting of musical worlds, by these stabbing horn charts from Allen Toussaint.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “The Unfaithful Servant” from The Band (1969)

While “It’s Makes No Difference” is commonly understood to be Rick Danko’s career peak as a vocalist, “The Unfaithful Servant” is in many ways just as observant, and maybe more interesting.

New Music Monday: Elton John, Gov’t Mule, Sting, Matthew Shipp, Allen Toussaint, Yoko Ono

New Music Monday: Elton John, Gov’t Mule, Sting, Matthew Shipp, Allen Toussaint, Yoko Ono

Elton John has returned with an elegiac Tumbleweed Connection-era style triumph, while Gov’t Mule, Sammy Hagar and Willie Nelson are joined by a series of famous friends. Sting, meanwhile, disappoints.

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (2013)

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (2013)

The Band’s initial live release found them off-handedly overhauling their catalog, rather than attempting to simply replicate it. 1972′s Rock of Ages would become a showcase for a group pushing itself musically and creatively.

On Second Thought: Will Lee – Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions (2013)

I once read that the great acoustic bassist Ray Brown had appeared on more records than any other jazz sideman. If Will Lee doesn’t hold that distinction among electric bassists, than I’m at a loss as to who that might be.

Will Lee – Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions (2013)

Will Lee is probably best known as the bassist in the CBS Orchestra, which has supplied music and comedy for the Late Show with David Letterman for a long time now.

Allen Toussaint – Songbook (2013)

Allen Toussaint – Songbook (2013)

Allen Toussaint’s languid, reverie-filled piano introduction to “Southern Nights,” a No. 1 hit he gave to Glen Campbell, is worth the price of admission to his new live set Songbook all by itself.

Something Else! sneak peek: Will Lee with Billy Gibbons and Allen Toussaint, “Get Out Of My Life Woman” (2013)

If you’re an album sleeve credits reader like I am, then you know session superstar bassist Will Lee very well.

Streams: Robben Ford, “Everything I Do [Gonna Be Funky]” from Bringing It Back Home (2013)

Streams: Robben Ford, “Everything I Do [Gonna Be Funky]” from Bringing It Back Home (2013)

Get the weekend off to a rollicking good start with a stream of this classic Allen Toussaint gem, as reimagined by Robben Ford for his current Mascot Label Group release Bringing It Back Home.