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Creole Moon

Creole Moon

8 Oct 2001
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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With Creole Moon Dr John has gone back to his roots of being the Night Tripper. This album is a cross between the the very funky and spiritual
"Anutha Zone" and the excellent Grammy winning "Goin Back to New Orleans".
If you are a fan of Dr John then this album will not disappoint, highlights are the excellent "Monkey and Baboon" and the title track "Creole Moon", this is the kind of album you could listen to 100 times and always pick out things that you haven't noticed before - BUY IT!
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With the release of this album in 2001 the good doctor has gone back to his roots, all musical influences mixed up in his own unique style.
The front cover for those of you who don't know is a picture of the voodoo character "Baron Samedi" or Doctor Saturday; the use of this cover alone gives the listener an indication of what the contents are going to be like.
This album clocks in at just over 68 minutes long and is a mix of styles and superb musicianship.

The drum intro of "You Swore" gets the proceedings to a great start with the keyboards of the good doctor playing the main theme that has more than a hint of Stevie Wonder in it's construction a-la "Superstition" with an answering back chorus sung by Catherine Russell and Nikki Richards (Creole Molls) with percussion fills in-between the spaces created by the vocals and a wonderful sax solo on the fade out of the song.

With the sound of Calypso styled keyboards the track "In the name of you" played against the sound of the saxophone, that the element that makes this track stand out ids the use of the off beat for the percussion and the guitar being played the same way as the drums giving the overall effect of extra percussion.

For the track "Food for Thot" (spot the unique spelling for thought) David Barnard plays a sweat filled bass line which locks in with the trombone sound of Fred Wesley along with the sound of the James Brown influenced choppy guitar sound Renard Poché along with the featured artist on B3 electric piano who is playing along with everyone else a big hint of 8-bar blues.
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Real Noo Awlins groove from Mac.
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Another great album from a very underated musican, in the notes of the cd Dr. John says that this is a very personal album and you can hear that in the lyrics.
From the first track You Swore then onto Holdin' Pattern all the way to the final track One 2 A.M. too many this is a great CD. buy it!!!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creole Man 10 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dr. John swaggers in with `Creole Moon,' an album of all new material, something the good doctor has avoided in almost a decade. The result is a unique brand of `fonk,' with a little gris-gris and gumbo to keep the die-hard fans intoxicated. With The Lower 9-11 helping out, Dr. John completely strangles our idea of blues, funk, and boogie woogie. He is backed on certain tracks by David `Fathead' Newman on saxophone, Sonny Landreth on slide guitar, and a host of others. "You Swore' is the opening cut, that is so `skank' it hurts your head just to groove along. `Creole Moon,' the title cut, transports the listener to the Bayou, during the times of Marie Laveau and Baron Samedi. `Bruha Bembe' is a sweet and lowdown love song that moves along nicely. On `Imitation of Love,' Dr. John turns the tables on a relationship, and slowly lets his lover down. This is an amazing mix of talent, desire, and `personabalized' music. A must have for any Dr. John fan, casual blues, fonk, or jaunty listener. Dr. John truly earns his doctorate in the blues.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dr. John 21 Jan. 2002
By Mad Dog - Published on Amazon.com
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I was attracted to this title by the Amazon review that called it the best blues CD of the year. I've been listening to Dr. John for what? 30 years? Maybe more... I'd never really thought of him as a blues artist, per se, but obviously, he's comfortable within that idiom. I have always considered him as a combination of many influences, including jazz, blues, rock, R&B and all things Cajun. It's the way he amalgamates these influences yet keeps his own distinct personality that has kept me a fan. This disc does not disappoint. Many songs on it are readily recognizable as being Dr. John, but I think we are witnessing a maturing of his sound. The band is excellent, as is the recording quality. Makes me feel like breaking into the chorus of "Iko, Iko".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prime New Orleans Music and then some 24 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This well-crafted, wide-ranging set of 14 tracks clocks in just under one hour and eight minutes. Mac (Dr. John) Rebennack wrote or co-wrote all the songs, including four co-authored with Doc Pomus. Funk and second line rhythms are essential to the CD but, rather than being in front of the mix as in Dr. John's 'Gumbo' and 'In The Right Place' releases, they contribute to the groove that pulls together the music's other influences. The varied additions to 'Creole Moon' include sax (David 'Fathead' Newman), Cajun fiddle (Michael Doucet), slide guitar, flute as well as Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion. You can listen to this release casually or listen more deeply for the intertwined grooves and cross rhythms. 'Georgianna' is a Cajun ballad; "Litenin'" is Latin dance. If you get a chance, see Dr. John and the Lower 9-11 at one of their couple of hundred shows a year; they are extremely worth catching in person.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor has the Cure 9 May 2004
By N. D. A. Grie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Good Doctor has the cure for Overproducitis, an ailment affecting so much music today. Backed by his outstandingly tight band (the oddly named "Lower 9-11") he strikes gold with this sweetly funky, witty, black-magical collection of N'Awlins moods and characters, and diverse musical influences. While the production is nothing less than perfect, "Creole Moon" also sounds as spontaneous and enthusiatic as a live performance. Every song is a winner, and these are some highlights:
"You Swore" - An intro reminiscent of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" guaranteed to get your toes tapping, and (as another reviewer put it perfectly) "backtalkin' babes" who "do what I wanna do".
"Food for Thought" - Fantastic wordplay, with bandmates David Barrard and Herman Ernest shouting "I like it!" and other approving noises. Second best song on the album.
"Holdin' Pattern" - Great violin solo by Michael Doucet of Beausoleil Cajun fame. He plays with such tenderness that he tugs at your emotions even when backed by a funky groove. This is the Doctor's advice to "you young sprouts".
"Bruha Bembe" - This features a Marie Leveau-like "conjure woman" who uses gris-gris to cast spells of love down on the bayoo, "all bayoo self". The backup girls sing a magical "yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah". This is spooky and loads of fun - best song on the album, maybe the very best the Doctor has ever recorded.
"Imitation of Love" - A straight-ahead blues ballad, co-written by Doc Pomus, in which a man confronts his woman with his unwillingness to continue the facade they have made of their relationship. Nicely and sincerely delivered.
"Creole Moon" - As the Good Doctor himself says in the CD notes, this is "window-foggin' night music made specifically for romantic manoeuvres"
"Monkey and Baboon" - If not for the repeated use of the MF word, this would be a great story for children (of all ages), featuring Brer Rabbit-type characters.
"Queen of Cold" - What a hot trumpet solo by Kevin Louis!
In addition to the first-class music, this CD features fantastic cover paintings of legendary N'Awlins voodoo characters Dr. John (the Good Doctor's namesake) and Marie Leveau (with rooster prepared for slaughter). It also includes a colorful and always interesting series of notes by the Doctor himself about the music and the local history that inspires it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creole Moon 15 Dec. 2002
By raven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A complete scorcher of an recording. If you like the Doctor you will LOVE this one but it has also brought him some new fans too.
My friends love this recording.
The grooves are varied and I even caught a whiff of Hugh Masakela/South African jazz groove on the title track.
Raunchy, romantic, wicked and FUN!!!
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