Category Archives: New Orleans Blues

New Orleans boogie and Blues piano by The Swinging Dice

Hailin’ from France The Swinging Dice deliver a repertoire of  New Orleans Blues, Rhythm and Blues up to Rock ‘n’ Roll.  They bring many songs written themselves, plus rearranged standards from the likes of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Sam Butera, Dave Bartholomew, Merrill Moore, Nat King Cole.

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NEW ALBUM by New Orleans Trombone Shorty featuring “Here Come The Girls

This April Trombone Shorty released a new album called  Parking Lot Symphony. For the New Orleanian singer and multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty, this is his debut album for Blue Note Records and his first release for four years.

New Song from Parking Lot Symphony

Parking Lot Symphony features 10 new original songs along with covers of Allen Toussaint’s “Here Come The Girls” and The Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use” and was released las month. Trombone Short released “Here Come The Girls” recently and is a real hit. This song could be featured on all radio stations because of the approachable beats, soulful vocals, and the New Orleans style arrangement.



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Huey “Piano” Smith’s Hit song: Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu

Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu

It was on Dr. Johns Gumbo, the Dr. John album where he ‘honored’  the great artists and music of New Orleans when I first heard the music Huey “Piano” Smith. Dr. John recorded a medley of Huey’s songs. One song that was not part of Dr. John mix is “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”.

Ace Records 1957 release by Huey “Piano” Smith

Ace Records was the biggest independent label in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s containing a roster of Mississippi blues artists and Louisiana musicians like Huey “Piano”  Smith. Alongside label owner Johnny Vincent, Huey Smith  wrote the “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” in 1957 and scored a minor hit, nr 52 in the billboard Chart. 

The song gained a whole lot of attention in  1972 when Johnny Rivers scored and international hit with it and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1973.

Johnny Rivers – 1972 version  “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”

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ALBUMS | Allen Toussaint: 3 Albums you should listen

 

“My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up – not to be escapist but to take you out of misery.”

ALBUMS | Allen Toussaint: 3 Albums you should listen

Last week the legendary producer, songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint passed away.  Following a concert at the Teatro Lara on Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo in Spain, he suffered a heart attack at his hotel and was pronounced dead on his arrival at hospital.

Allen Toussaint wrote songs for musicians like Jessie Hill, Ernie K Doe, Soloman Burke, Dr John and The Meters. Allthough he wrote songs for a whole lot of musicians, Allen Toussaint recorded also some very good solo albums.

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Allen Toussaint – 1975 -Southern Nights

In this article I’ll show you three of my favorite Allen Toussaint albums. Starting off with Allen’s Southern Nights  which was released in 1975 and consists some great soulful songs. This album has been called Toussaint’s signature album. Southern Nights really has the boogie, and bassplayers will like the album very much. According to wiki ” Southern Nights” was Toussaint’s tribute to evenings spent with his Creole family on a porch in the song-writer’s native Louisiana.”

Allen Toussaint – Last Train

A cool example of that boogie is “Last Train” a song with like you would expect a nice groove, the bassline is funky and the vocals are smooth and soulful.

Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2009)

The Bright Mississippi is an album with a whole lot of different sound. The funk and soul is replaced for New Orleans Blues and Jazz

According to Wiki: “The album title is taken from the 1963 Thelonious Monk song of the same name and features a new version of the song. The album is a unique juxtaposition of modern and traditional jazz tunes with stylistic cues drawn from both worlds”.

Some great tunes on this record are “St. James Infirmary”, “Egyptian Fantasy” and “Blue Drag”. The trumpet and piano really connect on this album which is ideal to come back to earth after a wild night.

Allen Toussaint – The wild sound of New Orleans

Allen Toussaint’s debut album concist a crazy mix of New Orleans part music inspired on Rhythm and Blues. WhirlAway is by far my favorite song on this album, mostly becvause of the speed the catchy piano tune and the train-esque saxophone.

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Georgia Morning Dew by Johnny Adams

Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew

Johnny Adams from New Orleans was already a well known musician when he released the album Heart and Soul in 1969. Born and raised in the Cresent Ciy Adams was part of a group musicians which absorbed the local music heritage. “Georgia Morning Dew”, is a wonderful song which contains Gospel, Soul and Blues influences.

Group of Gospel, Blues and Soul Musicians in New Orleans

During the Sixtees Johnny Adams work alongside Dorothee Labostrie who you might know for co-writing Little Richards ” Tutti Frutti”. Dorothee ask Johnny to Sing some lines on a song he had just written “I Won’t Cry” produced by a 19-year-old Mac Rebennack aka Dr John. I Won’t Cry is featured on the album Heart and Soul. But the song that may touch you the most is “Georgia Morning Dew”1024px-JohnnyAdams1997

Standing On This Mountain
Looking over L.A. at the break of day
Takes My Mind Back To Georgia
Many Years Ago

And No Resemblens Between L.A. and Georgia 
But The Morning Dew
Later On In The Afternoon
We Gone Picking Peaches
And Sing A Song Or Two

I Am Looking Out Of LA
With My Eyes Full Of Georgia Dew

Walk in the park on a rainy day

You feel the Soul and Blues through you bones and in a certain way I notice some similarities to Otis Redding‘s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay“. Otis and Johnny  share the same relaxed style of singing that can be best described as a walk in the park on a rainy day.

Johnny Adams started singing at a young age, he was a member of several gospel singing group including  The Soul Revelers and Bessie Griffin & The Soul Consolators. In the fiftees however Adams was drawn into secular Rhythm and Blues. It did him good!

Feature Picture: By Masahiro Sumori (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0  or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

I Won’t Cry – Johnny Adams

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