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Remembering Allen Toussaint

Commemorating the birth of the master. I think that of his more recent recordings The Bright Mississippi stands as his best, far exceeding his posthumous American Tunes. I must be the only one who thinks that Toussaint’s collaboration with Elvis Costello is thoroughly overrated, though that doesn’t compromise AT at all. Though he has his moments Costello for the most part comes off…

Kermit Ruffins: We Partyin’

When the ever ebullient Kermit says “we partyin’” he means it. This is a wonderful upbeat, warm and affectionate selection of mostly classics without ever falling into cliched kitsch — always with a nod and a wink in the direction of the boss man Louis Armstrong. His band is really smokin’ and the guest vocalist…