Tag Archives: New Orleans

new orleans’ latin tinge

Reginald D. Hunter : “If somebody was coming to New Orleans for the first time and they wanted to put their finger on one thing that would make them begin to understand what the New Orleans vibe was about, what would recommend that they put their finger on in New Orleans?”

Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) : “I’ll say it as Jelly Roll Morton said this first : it ain’t New Orleans if it ain’t got that latin tinge. Because it’s kinda the top end of the Carribean whether it’s Haitian or whether it’s Dominican Republic or whether it’s Cuba or …This was just a outpost for that, all of that …”

Source: Reginald D. Hunter’s Songs Of The South (episode 3, BBC tv 2015). Indeed:

“Jelly Roll Morton considered the tresillo/habanera (which he called the Spanish tinge) to be an essential ingredient of jazz. The habanera rhythm can be heard in his left hand on songs like “The Crave” (1910, recorded 1938). “Now in one of my earliest tunes, “New Orleans Blues,” you can notice the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz – Morton (1938: Library of Congress Recording).” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_jazz

And also : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Tinge

See also : http://musicrising.tulane.edu/learn/course/30/The-Latin-Tinge-Jazz-and-Latin-American-Music-in-New-Orleans-and-Beyond

nagoski’s ottoman-american and other global musics from the past

= featurette by Matt Bowden of Dimmerswitch Productions, who’s also working on a New Orleans gospel documentary together with Zinnia Films. Baltimore collector Ian Nagoski has his Fonotopia radio show on WLOY, runs his own Canary record label and has compiled the Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics (1918-1955)” v/a cd for Dust-to-Digital (DTD10, 2007-11-20) and, more recently, the To What Strange Place: The Music Of The Ottoman-American Diaspora 1916-1929v/a 3cd for Tompkins Square (TSQ2608, 2011). [Tnx4tip GS – also for tipping Don’t Trust Your Neighbors – Early Albanian Traditional Songs And Improvisations, 1920s-1930son Hinter (2011)!]

soul (wo)man bobby marchan


A 1974 stomper and four tracks off Get Down With It: The Soul Sides 1963-67(Kent CDKEND357, 2011-07), a compilation of some sixties solo recordings by the New Orleans drag queen and former front man of Huey ‘Piano’ Smith’s Clowns, including Marchan‘s 1967 remake of Smith’s Rockin’ pneumonia“Funny style” is also featured on Kent’s The Fame Studio Story 1961-1973 Home Of The Muscle Shoals Soundv/a 3cd, incidentally. More on that elsewhere.

magical southern nights


Still high from that Allen Toussaint concert we’d announced earlier …

charlee dorsey


It’s … the very underrated and all too oft’ forgotten soul champ & charming regular guy Lee Dorsey (1924-1986)! As produced & accompanied by Allen Toussaint, mostly, on the occasion of the release of Charly‘s Soul Mine The Greatest Hits & More 1960-19782cd (SNAX628CD, 2011) which reprises the Am I That Easy To Forget?2lp (Charly R&B CDX21, 1987) on disc one, adding a new 29 track compilation on disc two. Indeed, Charly / Snapper have been revving up a classy New Orleans reissue programme this year with similar releases by the Meters and Allen Toussaint related productions, and there’s been equally cool budget Red Bird & Shangri-Las releases. Secretly, I’m hoping they’ll reissue those two Swamp Dogg lp’s too (CRB 1026 & 1045), with extras …

dave bartholomew’s saga of new orleans rhythm & blues


After yesterday’s stupendous Toussaint / Ribot concert, here’s some more New Orleans … Three Dave Bartholomew produced tracks off The Big Beat – The Dave Bartholomew Songbook(Ace CDCHD 1303, 2011) and one Dave Bartholomew original off New Orleans Rhythm and Blues – Good Rockin’ Tonight(2004, Saga Blues #18). The picture above is by the fine New York music photographer Jacob Blickenstaff. Source: http://www.3313photo.com/2011/07/dave-bartholomew-cosimo-matassa-portrait/

2011-08-14: antwerp toussaint


Mr. Allen Toussaint is a legend in his own time, and rightly so. He will play live in Antwerp (Belgium) on 2011-08-14, accompanied by Marc Ribot