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Gumbo [CD]

Dr. John Audio CD
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Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements have fused New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of ... Read more in Amazon's Dr. John Store

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  • Audio CD (4 April 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I6P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Iko Iko 4:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Blow Wind Blow 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Big Chief 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Somebody Changed The Lock 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mess Around 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Let The Good Times Roll 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Junko Partner 4:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stack-A-Lee 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tipitina 2:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Those Lonely Nights 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
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After the studio bloat of 1971's The Sun, Moon & Herbs, Gumbo 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

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CD -Digitally Remastered- // Nsj 2012

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of the great Dr John 31 May 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
GUMBO is one of my all-time favourite albums and my favourite in the cannon of my favourite jazz piano player, Dr John.

Back in the 1970s, a pal of mine was a huge Dr John fan and tried very hard to get me enthused about the Voodoo mumblings that made up albums like Gris-Gris and Remedies ... to no avail. Until I heard GUMBO. Though I didn't know it at the time, I was to become a massive fan (via The Blues Brothers) of artists like Junior Wells and the later Atlantic and Stax musicians. What Dr John showed me here was where those musicians took their inspiration from.

I don't think many will argue that Dr John isn't one of the best living jazz pianists we have, and his perky barrel-house style is very much in evidence here. And because of this album, I've sought out opportunities to see the great man live and seen his playful duets with Jools Holland on telly, all richly rewarding experiences.

In retrospect, of course, I came to appreciate Dr John's other work, and have marvelled at the range of famous musicians who've queued up to work with him (Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, the list goes on), making him the quintessential musician's musician.

Contrary to other reviews about Dr John's work, I'm more inclined to say that if you want an introduction to one of the greatest musicians of the last fifty years, then start here, with a taste of GUMBO.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This was a revelation and refreshing revisitation in those heady hippie days at the time it was released some thirty years ago, and is all the greater for its continued freshness to this day.
Quite simply, it was a firm favourite when issued (not long after seeing Mac live at the 1970 Bath Festival). It is still a top ranking all-time classic and is possibly the essential one to have - but of course there are so many great offerings that it is hard to choose.
So as one of the central characters in the history of rock/fonk/r&b, with authentic respect for his peers, and a true originator to boot - this album sums it up!
I will continue to turn out to hear the man in action whenever possible.
Just try it. Its good for the soul.
Ray C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad Tidings from The Big Easy 27 May 2012
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Here's the good doctor having a barrel load of fun performing a bunch of New Orleans standards and golden oldies. What's not to like? Put this on and try not to sing along!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as 'Gris Gris' 2 Feb 2001
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This is certainly a good album, but not as rewarding as the album 'Gris Gris'. Dr John is a very contemporary and original artist, with some brilliant songs on his repetoire. However, if you have never heard any Dr John before, I would suggest buying 'Gris Gris' first. For die hard fans, though, this is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Of New Orleans 24 Nov 2004
By R. J. Marsella - Published on
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It is impossible to listen to this CD and not want to grab the next flight to New Orleans. Dr. John hit all the right notes when he put this collection of New Orleans standards together back in the 70's. It sounds as good today as it did then because this is timeless music. Just fantastic R & B with tasty arrangements and the Dr's rockin' piano and growling voice supplying the flavor. This is truly a classic and one I've listened to again and again for years without tiring of it. Not many records that I can say that about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A signature LP from one of New Orleans greatest 13 Mar 2000
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An excellent sounding reissue of Dr. John's 1972 albumful of New Orleans R 'n' B. Mostly featuring his interpretations of classics and hit singles ("Iko Iko" "Mess Around" "Junko Partner" "Stack-A-Lee" "Tipitina", and a medley of Huey 'Piano' Smith tracks), with one original ("Somebody Changed the Clock"), and a great slow blues track called "Let the Good Times Roll" (but not the same song as was a hit single for Shirley and Lee... even though Shirley does, coincidentally, sing backing vocals on the LP).
Great piano playing from Dr. John, along with his growly vocals. Excellent support from a bunch of his New Orleans friends who all found themselves in Los Angeles (where this was recorded) in late '71. Great percussion and horns. The mix of r 'n' b, jazz, blues and traditional New Orleans styles is irresistible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Eatin' 23 Aug 1998
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This is THE Dr. John album to own and is an incredible collection of songs. With the Dr.(nee Mac Rebinack) playing fluid licks over his funky left hand bass lines, a tight rhythm section, and tasty horn arrangements you'll feel like you're right on Bourbon Street. I've heard this album literally hundreds of times and I never grow tired of it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best. 25 Jun 1998
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I know Dr. Johns music note for note (I was born and raised in New Orleans). This is his best album ever. It has the prfect blend of cajun and blues songs like Iko Iko and other favorites. So if you ever have acrawfish boil or if your makin' Jumbalaya, you know just what to listen to...Dr. John's GUMBO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. John severs up the hot Gumbo! 20 Dec 2000
By Craig Fisher - Published on
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Dr. John belts these tunes out with so much feeling! Didn't know too much about the Dr. before I bought Gumbo, but this disc is like a tour of New Orleans... "Iko Iko", "Big Chief", "Junko Partner", "Stack-A-Lee", "Tipitina"!!! Fantasitic piano playing that makes you think they had a blast just recording the album. In the liner notes the Dr. refers to "Gumbo" as blues and stomp music with a touch of dixieland jazz. Take a listen to "Blow Wind Blow" and his amazing cover of Fess' "Tipitina", and you'll see why that description pretty much sums it up.
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