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NEW ORLEANS REBORN - Various Artists Double CD

NEW ORLEANS REBORN - Various Artists Double CD
CD / Product Number: JCCD7000

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused widespread devastation to New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast. Though much of the city was destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced, the city’s spirit was not broken. Even now, less than one year later, the city rises again.
Jazz Crusade is proud to announce a new, 2-CD special release dedicated to the rebirth of New Orleans and the music that gives it life! This double disc set contains 34 tracks of the best that Jazz Crusade has to offer. Disc one showcases the great New Orleans’ Jazz songs that form the city’s heart, with 17 hot songs right out of the French Quarter. Disc two showcases the great New Orleans’ Blues and Hymns that form the city’s soul, with a mix of 17 spirituals and blues tunes that give testament to the city’s spirit. With greats such as Gregg Stafford, Dr. Michael White, Tuba Fats, Freddy Lonzo, Louis Armstrong, Wilbur DeParis, Kid Thomas, Sammy Rimington, and many, many more, this set is a must-have for new listeners and experienced New Orleans fans alike. Two and a half hours of not to be forgotten performances.


Disc 1

THEY ALL ASKED FOR YOU - Milton Batiste’s All-star Gumbo Band
THE DARKTOWN STRUTTER’S BALL - Gregg Stafford and Brian Carrick
AFTER YOU’VE GONE - Sammy Rimington and Big Bill Bissonnette
CANAL STREET BLUES - Dr. Michael White and Gregg Stafford
TIGER RAG - Louis Armstrong with Jack Teagarden and Fats Waller
ICE CREAM - Kenneth Terry with Tuba Fats' Chosen Few Jazzmen
MIGHTY LAK A ROSE - Wilbur de Paris 'New'New Orleans Jazz Band
THE BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT - Milton Batiste's All-Star Gumbo Band
BILL BAILEY - Kid Thomas with Louis Nelson and Sammy Penn
ST LOUIS BLUES - Tuba Fats'Chosen Few Brass Band
YOU TELL ME YOUR DREAM - Dt Michael White and Gregg Stafford
SHORT DRESS GAL OF NEW ORLEANS - Big Bill Bissonette and his Easy Riders Jazz Band
I'm WITH YOU WHERE YOU ARE - Jacques Gauthe and Big Bill Bissonette
'LIL LIZA JANE - Darryl Adams with Tuba Fats' Chosen Few
WEARY BLUES - Milton Batiste with Adam Oliver's Jazz Band
DIPPERMOUTH BLUES - Big Bill Bissonette's International Jazz Band
WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN - Milton Batiste with Adam Oliver's Jazz Band

Disc 2

NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE - Gregg Stafford and Dr Michael White
DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE - Kid Sheik and Brother Cornbread
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS - Dr Michael White and Gregg Stafford
OVER IN THE GLORYLAND - Tuba Fats'Chosen Few Jazzmen
LORD LORD LORD - Darryl Adams with the International All-Stars
AMAZING GRACE - Tuba Fats' Chosen Few Jazzmen
SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT - Gregg Stafford and Dr Michael White
NEARER MY GOD TO THEE - Jack McLaughlin and Kjeld Brandt
WALKING WITH THE KING - Gregg Stafford with the Easy Riders Jazz Band
JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE - Freddy Lonzo with Brian Carrick
AT THE CROSS - Gregg Stafford and Dr Michael White
LEAD ME SAVIOUR - Tuba Fats' Chosen Few Jazzmen
RIVERSIDE BLUES - Dr Michael White and Gregg Stafford
I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU - Cousin Joseph
BLACK CAT MOAN - Big Bill Bissonette and his Easy Riders Jazz Band
AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN BLUES - Gregg Stafford and his Easy Riders Jazz Band

Reviews of This Recording

Just Jazz —British Traditional Jazz Magazine
This is a compilation, or a sampler CD, of some of the most recognized musicians from New Orleans, and other musicians playing in that genre. It is a treasure chest. Once again, Bill Bissonnette has put together a CD that illustrates many aspects of the music. There will be readers who may already have some of the tracks featured on various LPs and other CDs, but here it is, all together. It is a must for anyone new to the music of New Orleans. The CD provides a snapshot of so many characters that have become our favorites over the years.
Excellent sleeve notes give a potted history of New Orleans music and how the renaissance in the 1960s was led by a small group of record labels. The Bissonnette part in this cannot be underestimated. He provided work and organized numerous tours and concerts with some of the legends, and on his Jazz Crusade label captured many sessions on record. This CD is a selection, using material collected over the years.
You will see from the musicians mentioned that the list is a Who's Who of New Orleans jazz. Generally I am not a great lover of compilation productions, but this CD works for me, because you can dip in and out. Most of the tunes chosen will be known to readers of this magazine, and the men making the music, so with 34 tracks on the two CD set you are bound to find one or two of your favorites. Not too many surprises here, and so many combinations that it seems pointless to pick out individual tracks: nevertheless there is a wonderful I've Got News For You from Cousin Joseph. So good to hear Kid Sheik again with Brother Cornbread, (a real wave of nostalgia of those nights we all had during their UK visits), and Kid Thomas illustrating it's not what you play but how you play it.
This really is a good collection of New Orleans Music, and I recommend it. - Derek Winters