Professor Longhair Rock 'n Roll Gumbo [Sunnyside]
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- Released: August 1, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Sunny Side
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Personnel: [Henry Roeland Byrd] a.k.a. Professor Longhair (piano, vocals), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar, violin), Julius Farmer (bass), Edwin "Sheeba" Kimbraugh (drums), Alfred "Uganda" Roberts (conga).
Additional personnel: Jerry Jumonville (baritone & tenor saxophones), Steve Madaio (trumpet).
Recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana on April 3-4, 1974. Includes liner notes by George Winston and Philippe Rault.
ROCK 'N' ROLL GUMBO contains songs from one of the Professor's final recording sessions in the early 70s. This was remixed in 1985 with "the piano brought up a little higher in the mix," horns newly added to one track, plus two previously unreleased songs.
Personnel: Professor Longhair (vocals, piano); Julius Farmer (bass instrument); Sheba (drums); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar, violin); Jerry Jumonville (tenor saxophone); Steve Madaio (trumpet); Alfred "Uganda" Roberts (congas).
Audio Mixer: Stephen Hodges.
Liner Note Author: Philippe Rault.
Recording information: Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, LA (04/03/1974/04/04/1974).
Photographer: Barry Kaiser.
Arranger: Henry Roeland Byrd.
One of Professor Longhair's finest latter-day albums, ROCK 'N' ROLL GUMBO finds the New Orleans legend getting his groove back after years out of the public eye. The revered pianist/vocalist (born Henry Roeland Byrd) performs many of his best-known proto-rock-&-roll/R&B numbers, including the celebratory "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" (replete with energetic whistling) and the rollicking "Tipitina." As if hearing Fess behind the eighty-eights again weren't enough, GUMBO pairs him up with blues jack-of-all-trades Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, who sits in on both guitar and violin. Supported by a tight backing band, Longhair and Brown ease into Little Walter's sauntering "Mean Old World" and the Hank Williams classic "Jambalaya," among others, clearly having a good time. Although this album, recorded in 1974, marked the beginning of Longhair's comeback, it unfortunately proved to be one of his last studio sessions before his death in 1980, making it a significant document of this Big Easy icon's legacy.
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