Gettin' Funky: The Birth of New Orleans R&B Box set, Import
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Vol 2. Dave Bartholomew, Paul Gayten, Smiley Lewis. Fascinating mix of blues, traditional pop, Latin, swing, and boogie, with R&B all around the edges and interstices. The hidden link from swing to rock and roll clearly ran through this territory, but no jump blues here. Bartholomew evokes NO only through his use of small jazz combos that bring traditional jazz to mind as they play proto-R&B. He is the closest to traditional swing of the three. Gayten is the find here, the most ambitious, with the widest range of styles. He touches Ellington, second-line, traditional pop, and blues. He finds the combination of raw roots and traditional pop that opened the way to '50s R&B, doo wop, and ultimately soul. Lewis feels the closest to NO, perhaps because he uses the piano the most, because his vocalist is most like Fats Domino, or he captures the sui generis lilt more often than the others. That said, he is the bluesiest and rootsiest of the three.Read more ›
My only complaints: three songs from Champion Jack Dupree is not enough! He was a great and overlooked piano thumper who undoubtedly influenced all others that followed. He deserved more than three songs here. And even though it is claimed that Professor Longhair's "Hey Now Baby" are just two different versions of the same song recorded years apart by different lineups, it sounds like the same song. As much as I love 'Fess, only one version should have been here, and I could have really done without the overplayed "Mardi Gras In New Orleans". Just so that Dupree could have had at least a couple of other songs here. There are eighteen songs by 'Fess and only three by Dupree, which I find lopsided. Also, Fats Domino's Korea Blues would be a much better song without that dang trumpet playing army songs. Also, Joe August's "I Cried" is laughable, with ridiculous fake crying throughout. Also, I have to skip over Larry Darnell's "I'll Get Along Somehow"...Read more ›
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This more about the Jazz Roots than the actual New Orleans Funk genre, That being siad if you like New Orleans Music or youenjoy hearing the forgotten greatness of American Music... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Dean Caulfield
This is History.
A very welcomed addition to my Music collection.
it touches on the foundations of Rock and Roll Music.
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