CD 1533 St. Philip Street (CD 991518),
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1533 St. Philip Street
1. Ole Miss Blues
2. Drop Me off in New Orleans
4. Bye and Bye
5. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
6. Black and Blue
7. I Still Get Jealous
8. Jack, I'm Mellow
9. Meet Me at the Second Line
10. Keep Walkin'
11. In the Bag
12. Some of These Days
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 103
This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Kermit Ruffins (vocals, trumpet); Eric Traub (saxophone); Corey Henry (trombone); Phil Frazier (tuba); Dr. Michael White (clarinet); David Torkanowsky (piano); Detroit Brooks (banjo); Neal Caine (acoustic bass); Arthur Latin II (drums, percussion); One A-Chord Gospel Singers.
Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Kermit Ruffins and Geraldine Wyckoff.
Personnel: Kermit Ruffins (vocals, trumpet); Detroit Brooks (banjo); Dr. Michael White (clarinet); Eric Traub (saxophone); Corey Henry (trombone); David Torkanowsky (piano); Neal Caine (upright bass).
Audio Mixer: Gregg Rubin.
Liner Note Author: Geraldine Wyckoff.
Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Photographers: Donn Young; Tracie Morris.
Kermit Ruffins' flamboyant showmanship doesn't let up on his third Basin Street release, named for the street address of Jazz and Blues Hall, the trumpeter's own New Orleans club. On his horn, Ruffins likes to channel Louis Armstrong, but his singing voice is actually far closer to Dizzy Gillespie's. (Check out his unhinged scat chorus on the blues "Keep Walkin'.") His funny, deliberately old-fashioned brand of jazz harks back to the prewar era, when musicians viewed themselves as entertainers rather than unapproachable artists. Listening to these tracks, one can practically taste the often bawdy ambiance of New Orleans. Speaking of taste, Ruffins includes in the liners a detailed recipe for rabbit ("Lapin de Kermit"), underscoring his culinary skills, which he considers closely related to his musical skills. Look to Ruffins to show you a good time, not to stretch the boundaries of jazz as we know it -- although the post-bop piano of David Tornakowsky does contrast nicely with the vintage sounds of Dr. Michael White's clarinet and Detroit Brooks' banjo. ~ David R. Adler
Down Beat (1/02, p.49) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Ruffins goes beyond here...leading a droll, taut band boasting solid solos..."
JazzTimes (10/01, p.99) - "...Appealing good-time tunes that easily straddle the modern/traditional divide..."
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