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Bayou Maharajah: James Booker Story

I’ve been anticipating seeing this for quite some time now and today was the day. The DVD packaging is superb and of course features a “who’s who” of the NOLA music scene. Two of my favorite clips include the 1973 Don Kirshner Rock Concert with Mac, the Harry Connick Sr. (and 12 y.o. Jr.) segments, and the Scott Billington segment featuring…

Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi

The smooth, classy but and never bland maestro behind so many others here on top form and without (for the most part) his own dulcet vocals – only a genius can always squeeze something new from other geniuses. My personal favourites – the tracks that really swing! Get the album The Bright Mississippi (the track listing not…

Kid Ory

Write-up from NOLA.com: ‘Kid’ Ory bio research took author 15 years; ‘the music is why we care,’ he says. John McCusker’s website Kid Ory was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Creole Trombone tells his story from birth on a rural sugar cane plantation in a French-speaking, ethnically mixed…