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Dr. John - Dr. John's Gumbo Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Keith Moerer

After the studio bloat of 1971's The Sun, Moon & Herbs, Gumbo is a tightly focused return to Rebennack's musical roots. His band is full of Louisiana legends (Harold Battiste, Lee Allen) plus lesser known but equally important 'Nawlins heroes: Ronnie Barron, Alvin Robinson, and a wonderful trombonist known simply as Streamline. Together, they rage through a dozen New Orleans classics, not only the work of Professor Longhair and Huey Smith, but also Earl King and Ray Charles, who lived in the Crescent City while leading the house band at the Dew Drop Inn. Many of these songs are closely associated with the '50s, but Gumbo never sounds forced or nostalgic; it's great work from start to finish.

Tracks
1. Iko Iko7. Junko Partner
2. Blow Wind Blow8. Stackalee
3. Big Chief9. Tipitina
4. Somebody Changed the Lock10. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
5. Mess Around11. Huey Smith Medley: High Blood Pressure/Don't You Just Know It/Well I'
6. Let the Good Times Roll12. Li'l Liza Jane

 

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Artist: Dr. John

Released: April 23, 1972

Availability: CD, Vinyl

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