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listen  7. On The Sunny Side Of The Street 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. World Is A Ghetto 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • ASIN: B00006FSUG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here, trumpeter and vocalist Kermit Ruffins has prepared a gumbo of a music that absorbs any influence, yet screams "Big Easy!" He may not have the technical prowess of other Louisiana trumpeters, but they'll never sing about their own funeral and make the listener dance and laugh while doing it, as on "When I Die (You Better Second Line)." Ruffins visits traditional New Orleans with the old standards "Basin Street Blues," "Tiger Rag," and "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and hangs on the modern jazz side with the cooker "Wake Up, Nessie" and a great cover of War's "The World Is a Ghetto." But his hometown is more than just jazz. There's the Latin tinge of "Skokiaan" and that simmering Allen Toussaint/Neville Brothers brand of Big Easy soul that's represented on "Palm Court Strut." For food there's the very cute "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" and the title track, an audio tour with culinary delights. Like another great Crescent City trumpeter, Ruffins's taken his horn-blowing gift, grafted it with an undeniably charming gruff singing style, and concentrated on making great records, of which this is one. --Mark Ruffin

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Quintessential New Orleans jazz. First heard his music from the HBO series Treme' and became an instant fan. Someday maybe we'll get to New Orleans and visit Vaughan's when he's playing there and cookin' BBQ. Skokiaan is my favorite track, along with Tiger Rag, Stardust, On the Sunny Side of the Street, and his take on an old WAR favorite, "The World is a Ghetto". Kermit is the man!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Morrow on January 21, 2004
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I've been waiting for an album from Kermit with these tunes for a while. Kermit puts on some of the best shows in New Orleans & most of the tunes he plays never make it on album. As a result, I've been a bit disappointed in some previous albums. Here, many traditional tunes are included with Kermit's interpretations along with some originals. The traditional songs have been my intro to the legacy of New Orleans music and, Kermit's primary influence, Louis Armstrong. And, by the way, Louis Armstrong played trumpet AND sang.

Listening to this album makes me smile & brings me back to seeing Kermit - "Skokiaan" makes me get up & dance. The BBQ Swingers Live album is a better live representation of Kermit & crew but some of his best songs are on this album. Buy it now & enjoy ASAP!
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Kermit is way better than this... Skip this one - and try some of the more recent releases...
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