Ronnie Scott's is by far the best "small" venue in the world, the atmosphere it creates and the sheer energy of the place is evident in almost every live recording made there. Ronnie's has always given a warm reception to blues ledgends, such as Peter Green and Dr John, and Trippin' Live is no exception. The blend of songs is also a testemony to Rebennack's genius. From tracks like "Tipitina" and "Wild Honey", Rebennack sucessfully takes the mood back down with "My Buddy". The one issue is perhaps the early coldness of the audience, however, once they wake up and realise that they are watching Dr John playing live right in front of them they are accomodation enough. The version of "Such a Night" is the best since that on the "The Last Waltz", and the rendition of "Wild Honey" has the most amazing rhythm and drive. To make this album a great album however, would mean only one thing...less editing; the inclusion of more songs, a version of "Rockin' Pneumonia" would have sat well with the rest of the album and the inclusion of an encore would have completed the picture nicely.
This superb live album is worth hunting out. It was recorded at Ronnie Scotts Jazz club in 1996 and to date its the best live album by Dr John I've heard.
There are numerous classic songs on this album. It starts with a great version of Prof Longhair's 'Tipitina'. Best of all though is Dr John's only ever hit single 'Such a Night'. This has not just one, but two of the Doctors trademark Piano outro's, where the ending seems about to happen, but doesn't, he even throws in a Gershwin quote at the end as well. Jools Holland guests on '24 Hours A Day, 365 A Year' playing some trademark Boogie Woogie, while the Doctor plays Guitar.
Amongst the backing musicians are some very classy guys. Alvin Tyler is on Tenor Sax and Ronnie Cuber (a very good Jazz player) is on Baritone Sax.
If you're interested in New Orleans music this is a great fun album to own. Sadly it appears to have gone out of print now so you need to get hold of any copy you can asap.
Quite simply put, this is the best (well nearly the only) live album ever officially released by Dr John. Scintillating versions of Tipitina, Such a Night, Renegade etc, with a top class band including Alvin Tyler on sax, David Barrard on bass and Herman Earnest on drums. Shame it's no longer on release :( . If you can't get this then pick up the Ultrasonic Studio broadcast CD.
This is an absolutely great album. It was the first Dr John record I bought after hearing his tones for the first time, suffice to say my collection is continually growing following this introduction. A real treat.