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Crawfish Fiesta

Professor LonghairAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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New Orleans is said to be a city where having a party has been elevated from a casual pastime to a way of life. Nobody understood this better than Professor Longhair, one of the pioneers of New Orleans rhythm & blues. His influence can be heard in Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, among many others. Known for his unique mix of blues, jazz, calypso, ragtime, and zydeco, ... Read more in Amazon's Professor Longhair Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0000009XL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Chief
2. Her Mind Is Gone
3. Something On Your Mind
4. You're Driving Me Crazy
5. Red Beans
6. Willie Fugal's Blues
7. It's My Fault, Darling
8. In The Wee Wee Hours
9. Cry To Me
10. Bald Head
11. Whole Lotta Loving
12. Crawfish Fiesta

Editorial Reviews

In the corner of the world known as New Orleans, Roy Byrd--Professor Longhair--looms larger than any other musical figure with the possible exception of Louis Armstrong. This album, recorded in 1979 and released the following year just after his death, marks his final recordings, and it includes a robust horn section, tight rhythm section, and Dr. John strumming guitar alongside his idol. The pianist bounces buoyantly through old favorites while adding some new songs into the mix. Fess's infectious vocals, jaunty ivory-tickling, and funky groove provide the ultimate soundtrack to the Crescent City and show exactly why the city has the reputation that it does. Take two mudbugs and call me in the morning. Better make that the afternoon. Late afternoon. --Marc Greilsamer

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professor's dream ... July 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Longhair on the record "New Orleans Piano". It's a remarkable record. For the most part the tunes are brutally simple, the left hand outlining a major chord, and the right hand playing simple repetitive licks. But one tune jumps right off the grooves, "Tipitina", the left hand plays a rhumba like bass figure unlike any you've heard, the right hand alternates between tinkling and hard hammering, and the Professor more or less yodels a long series of nonsense syllables interrupted by one intelligible phrase, "little momma want's a dollar". Everything about this tune is unique, it was a local hit for Longhair in the early 50's.
When I moved to N.O. in the 70's I attended my first Longhair event in a run-down church. Playing with Fess was a ragtag group that did include, however, the legendary Snooks Eaglin on guitar. The audience was in bleacher type seats in front of a small stage. At one point someone in the audience shouted out "Tipitina!", and the Professor launched into the tune. This time the lyrics were intelligible, about a certain Loberta that liked to indulge, with the exception of the line corresponding to "little momma wants a dollar" which was rendered "oolla molla wolla dolla" !
I heard Longhair on many subsequent occasions. Every time was a party. And, every time, the accompanying band was less than stellar. Didn't make any difference, Longhair was never less than great.
Likewise, most of Longhair's recordings are made with less than stellar backing musicians ("R&R Gumbo does feature some superfine playing by Gatemouth Brown.) However, the band on "Crawfish Fiesta" consists of some of the best musicians in N.O. This band rocks!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very definition of blues piano! August 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is Professor Longhair's best album and unfortunately it was his last. Professor Longhair is the very essence of New Orleans blues. He was Dr. John's mentor, who also was Professor Longhair's studio guitarist, before he dedicated himself to the piano and had a career of his own.

Crawfish Fiesta is my favorite blues album. It is full of energy and is just full of life and fun. Buy this album and take a virtual trip to New Orleans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His third best album--thus completely essential! March 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think that "New Orleans Piano" and "Houseparty New Orleans Style" are better Longhair albums, but this one is also a great album. There are many lively cuts on which the horns and guitar mix together with Longhair's playing and singing to create a very appealing and exciting sound. This is an essential album, and a whole lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best February 24, 2011
By Redbird
Format:Audio CD
No amount of hyperbole will suffice. Crawfish Fiesta is simply the best New Orleans album of all time and Longhair is the master. He has inspired an entire city and his image and music are ubiquitous around town. If you enjoy music in any form, you must own this album. Long live Longhair!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Blues? January 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I found Prof Longhair by accident and what a surprise. Styled in the blues, Longhair somehow makes being sad - fun. Backed by horns he whips out sad lyrics you can't help but smile at. "Had I known you had company baby, I would have waited for my lunch. The man was twice my size and I believe he was carrying a Joe Louis punch". What a great picture that paints and puts a smile on a blue occasion. The CD is filled with other tasty lyrics that are similar and just as fun. That's not to say it's a whimsical CD. More of a lighter side of the blues. Enjoyable CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Sounds Mo' Bettah, Makes You Wanna Eat Mo' Bettah November 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Professor does it one last time. If this don't get your toes to tapping and your rump to shaking, call your next of kin, tell 'em to start fussing over the dead. It'll have you doing the 'second line' around the living room in no time a-tall. Beans an' Rice,half an oyster loaf, half a dozen soft shells and a 6 pack of Dixie Blackened'll do you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fess Rules March 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the last record officially recorded by the great Professor Longhair. If you don't know Fess was the Godfather of post 1940's New Orleans Piano. From somewhere he virtually invented a new style that Dr John, Allen Toussaint, James Booker (and the UK's Jools Holland) all borrowed from to differing degrees. Willie Fugal's Blues perhaps represent this best on this album. This is solo Piano except for added Conga.

His vocal style is also quite unique as well. Deceptively simple which occasionally becomes a sort of yodel.

This is a joyous record with 3 Sax players, a conga player and Dr John on Guitar. The recording quality is very good, as this was recorded in 1979 or 1980.

Rock n Roll, Blues and Jazz fans will all like this album. If you've just spent a difficult half hour trying to enjoy a late Coltrane album, this is such a relief.

Treat yourself to this recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Professor Longhair was an architect and foundation of the joyful, melodic and rhythmic music we associate with New Orleans. Not only is his music recognizable, but he kept it real as a foot tappin' hummin' head bobbin' experience. The Professor was a consummate musician and performer. Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars music that is amazing.
Love it, want more like this. Plus everyone at the Easter Lunch loved it. Great day all around. Lynne Wright
Published 4 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professor's best compilation
Classic! The best of New Orleans blues and jazz is all right here, as only Professor Longhair can do it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumbo music at its best
I usually do not care for this type of music but the Professor has to be one of the best. I bought this one and "Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Margaret E.
5.0 out of 5 stars N'awlinz in your living room
Very pleased to get a nice new vinyl version of this great album from the city of dreams. It has that nice laid back swagger that is the best feature of all great music from... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike Rudge
5.0 out of 5 stars New convert
Longhair and Toussaint are great to get in the mood for a trip to New Orleans. Longhair's songs & sound are still so relevant.
Published 19 months ago by Rockfish
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans R & B at its Best
Overt the last few years, I have become a huge fan of the culture and music of the Crescent City. I got interested in Professor Longhair (Fess to his fans) after hearing a piece... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bill W
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be A Fool
If you don't already own this, and you're looking at this page, you're at a crossroads here. Make the wrong decision and you're doomed. But you know what to do, down inside.
Published on May 2, 2012 by C. B. Ruth
4.0 out of 5 stars "Fess" Creates a NOLA Gumbo
"Crawfish Fiesta" by Professor Longhair contains a wonderful mix of New Orleans Louisiana (NOLA) grooves. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Ron Nethercutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Crawfish Fiesta
If you like Fess, this is a very good buy. One of the best cds put out by the New Orleans piano wizard.
Published on April 14, 2010 by Jeff White
4.0 out of 5 stars NOLA
Good old typical New Orleans music from one of the old standby musicians. I am from New Orleans and this rekindles a lot of nostalgia in me.
Published on April 29, 2008 by Sir David D. North
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