Having perhaps slipped-up when attempting to think up an alluring title for his new album, New Awlinz--Dis Dat or D'Udda
the sexagenarian boogie and blues pianist Dr John has certainly lost none of his grip on the ivory or sense of a finely carved groove. Throughout his career Dr John
, aka Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, has experimented with his own semi-psychedelic blend of rock, R&B, jazz and blues with a sprinkling of New Orleans soul, Mardi Gras madness and voodoo vibes thrown in for good measure.
A musical history of New Orleans, N'Awlinz Dis Dat or D'Udda, blends all John's influences while paying tribute to his 1940 birthplace in fittingly reverential style alongside a wealth of guests such as BB King, Willie Nelson and Randy Newman. Produced by Stewart Levine, who has worked with everyone from Sly & the Family Stone to Jamie Cullum, N'Awlinz Dis Dat or D'Udda is a polished album of good-time grooves that mixes everything from gospel to ragtime, finding John in his element if perhaps not on the kind of irresistible form that made previous work such as In The Right Place so essential. --Christopher Barrett
(2004 'Blue Note') (68:09/18) DR. JOHN piano/voc with Special Guests: MAVIS STAPLES, THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, CYRIL NEVILLE, EDDIE BO & DAVE BARTHOLOMEW, WILLIE TEE, RANDY NEWMAN, B.B. KING, CLARENCE 'GATEMOUTH' BROWN, LEROY JONES, WILLIE NELSON, SNOOKS EAGLIN.