CD Review - Classic Sounds of New Orleans by Smithsonian Folkways

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A CD Review of Classic Sounds of New Orleans by Smithsonian Folkways - Various Artists

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CD Review – Classic Sounds of New Orleans

Smithsonian Folkways

This archive of classic songs and music is a valuable catalogue of the sounds that emanated from New Orleans, including such names as Lonnie Johnson, Snooks Eaglin, Kid Clayton, and Champion Jack Dupree. There are fleet-fingered rag-time tinged piano solos, classic 12 bar guitar songs such as ‘Corrine, Corrina’ and ‘St James Infirmiary blues’, sung acappela and choir based vocal based spiritual pieces, whilst the big band tradition of the New Orleans sound is well represented by The Eureka Bras Band who both open and close this 26 track collection. Over the course of its 73 minutes, it contains many obscure tracks, such as Dora Bliggen’s ‘Blackberries’ which is short and sweet at only eighteen seconds, or Shoeshine Boys ‘Shine-Hambone’ which is little over a minute long. Although many of the pieces are curiousity, or unfinished fragments, the whole album is well sequenced, and sounds good played from beginning to end, as well as a source for individual research into performers and styles. Most of the pieces are around the two minute mark, which gives a good taster for the genre, for any music fan looking for an easy entrance into the still valuable, and developing New Orleans sound.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Nice review on the classic sounds of New Orleans, by Smithsonian Folkways. Thank you for sharing.:)

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