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ALBUMS | Allen Toussaint: 3 Albums you should listen

 

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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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