Professor Longhair The Last Mardi Gras (2-CD)

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Item:  RLGN 400222
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Real Gone

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 5 -- "The storied New Orleans pianist leads his band through 18 songs that codify blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and rock & roll into a language familiar and yet quintessentially regional."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Big Chief
  • 2.Jambalaya
  • 3.Mess Around
  • 4.Cry To Me
  • 5.Rum & Coca Cola
  • 6.Got My Mojo Working
  • 7.Everyday (I Have the Blues)
  • 8.Doin' It
  • 9.Gone So Long

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.She Walks Right In / Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • 2.Hey Now Baby
  • 3.Bald Head
  • 4.Stag-O-Lee
  • 5.Tipitina
  • 6.Her Mind is Gone
  • 7.How Long Has That Train Been Gone
  • 8.Boogie Woogie
  • 9.Carnival In New Orleans
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes

Product Description:

Henry Roeland Byrd (Professor Longhair, or just Fess, to his fans, admirers, and friends) distilled and synthesized New Orleans R&B piano playing to a fine art, mixing Caribbean rhumba rhythms with stride style and even a hint of Dixieland in his approach, topping it all off with seemingly effortless vocals that made everything he sang feel like a rockin' party was in full swing. Fess first recorded in 1949, and sides like "Big Chief," "Go to the Mardi Gras," and "Tipitina" became Crescent City classics in the 1950s and early '60s, but unfortunately he never saw the kind of commercial success that other New Orleans piano players like Fats Domino were able to achieve, which was truly a shame. He was, simply put, a national treasure, and somehow Albert Goldman, then music critic for Esquire, convinced Atlantic Records to send a 16-track mobile recording unit to New Orleans in 1978 during Mardi Gras and record two nights of Longhair playing at the Tipitina Club, his last Mardi Gras performance, as it turned out, coming just under two years before his death. The result was arguably the best performance recording of Longhair ever captured. Fess was known to do the same songs every album, every set, every time he played, it seemed, although his verve, style, and showmanship really made this an irrelevant fact, and in a town known for rollicking piano players, he was always the gold standard. With Fess and a piano, you had yourself a party. That's captured here in Professor Longhair's ultimately bittersweet but still wild and fun final Mardi Gras shows. This is what he did, folks, and no one represented New Orleans better. ~ Steve Leggett
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  • UPC: 848064002222
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