Our New Orleans: Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
 : Our New Orleans: Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast

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by: Allen Toussaint, John, Irma Thomas, Davell Crawford, Buckwheat Zydeco, Michael White, Wild Magnolias, Eddie Bo, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Beausoleil

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Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Unknown
EAN: 0075597993424
Item Dimensions: 5605002045
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishPublishedSpanishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
Model: 2014487
MPN: 1696341
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: December 06, 2005
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: December 06, 2005
Studio: Nonesuch

Disc 1:
  1. Yes We Can Can
  2. World I Never Made
  3. Back Water Blues
  4. Gather by the River
  5. Cryin' in the Streets
  6. Canal Street Blues
  7. Brother John Is Gone / Herc-Jolly -John
  8. When the Saints Go Marching In
  9. My Feet Can't Fail Me Now
  10. Tou' les jours c'est pas la meme (Every Day Is Not the Same)
  11. L'ouragon (The Hurricane)
  12. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
  13. Prayer for New Orleans
  14. What a Wonderful World (feat. Donald Harrison)
  15. Tipitina and Me
  16. Louisiana 1927 (with members of the New York Philharmonic)
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Product Description:
Nonesuch Records is releasing a benefit album of newly recorded songs featuring artists from the New Orleans music community, across a wide variety of styles to document the depth, richness and profound musicality of that unique city. Funds from the sale of the record, titled Our New Orleans, will be donated to Habitat For Humanity to aid those affected by the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster. CD features Allen Toussaint, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Wild Magnolias, Buckwheat Zydeco, Randy Newman, and others. 2005.
Hurricane Katrina may have devastated New Orleans and surrounding Gulf communities in 2005, but it was also a forceful reminder of the Crescent City's world renowned status as the epicenter of much American musical heritage. This benefit album (all net proceeds will be donated to the local relief efforts of Habitat for Humanity, with a portion specifically set aside to provide housing for local musicians left homeless by the disaster) picks up that latter thread, a sometimes bittersweet reminder of how deepy ingrained, yet all-too-fragile, that cultural legacy really is. Allen Toussaint's succulent reworking of his "Yes We Can Can" sets a rhythmic, optimistic tone that parallels his city's own historical resilience, while Dr. John turns in a bluesy, laid-back "World I Never Made" that's a sharp contrast to the flashes of anger he showed on Tab Benoit's earlier benefit collection, Voice of the Wetlands. Irma Thomas gives a swampy, timely edge to Bessie Smith's "Back Water Blues" while others pay tribute to the region's history of gospel (Davell Crawford, Eddie Bo), indigenous cajun folk (Buckwheat Zydeco, Beausolei, Carol Fran) and legacy as the Birthplace of Jazz (vibrantly disparate contributions from Dr. Michael White, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band). The Wild Magnolias' medley "Brother John Is Gone/Herc-Jolly-John" is a joyous, African-rooted gumbo of musical possibilities, while Donald Harrison's sax work with The Wardell Querzergue's Orchestra's on "What a Wonderful World" is a fine preamble for Toussaint's elegiac solo piano rendition of "Tipitina and Me." Randy Newman's closer, a melancholic new version of Good Old Boys' "Louisiana 1927," is a tribute to his own N.O. roots whose refrain--"Louisiana, they're trying to wash us away"--is also a forceful, tragic reminder that history does indeed repeat. --Jerry McCulley

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