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Finally - the album he should have made all along
on 9 December 2010
I saw Toussaint at the Roundhouse a few years ago and was dissapointed. Here was a fantastic piano player and composer of some classic New Orleans songs wheeling out the cheese trolley. His piano playing was great and the sax player was good but he had a completely dull and uninspiring bassist and drummer who stuck to flat rock rhythmns, whilst the 70's songs were entirely forgettable.
Spotting this album in HMV I was intrigued and nervously started listening to the samples, soon I had a big silly grin on my face and it was the quickest and most assured purchase I think I've ever made.
The tracks are mostly instrumental jazz covers, some of which are linked to New Orleans, which allow Toussaint's piano playing to shine. There are tracks by Monk, Ellington, Bechet and Armstrong. The album is all acoustic and features younger players such as Marc Ribot on acoustic guitar and Don Byron on clarinet. The album is kept interesting by using different combinations of players on different tracks. I particularly like the opener Eygptian fantasy and Bright Mississipi which are more upbeat - although overall the album is quite laid back. My only real complaint is there is one vocal track which seems a bit out of place. This is a minor complaint and I would highly recommend this album.