Essential funk & grooves from 1972: exploring the rich New Orleans heritage with the cream of the city's great session players!
After the studio bloat of 1971's The Sun, Moon & Herbs
is a tightly focused return to Mac Rebennack--aka Dr John--'s musical roots. His band is full of Louisiana legends (Harold Battiste, Lee Allen) plus lesser known but equally important 'Nawlins heroes: Ronnie Barron, Alvin Robinson, and a wonderful trombonist known simply as Streamline. Together, they rage through a dozen New Orleans classics, not only the work of Professor Longhair and Huey Smith, but also Earl King and Ray Charles, who lived in the Crescent City while leading the house band at the Dew Drop Inn. Many of these songs are closely associated with the 1950s, but Gumbo
never sounds forced or nostalgic; it's great work from start to finish. --Keith Moerer