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Labels run the inherent risk of trivializing or marginalizing a region's music when they attempt to create a compilation. And yet Putumayo, which has made a musical-lifestyle name for itself by producing a bundle of these types of collections, does itself mighty proud with Louisiana Gumbo. Drawing from various statewide sources and time periods, Gumbo celebrates rather than appropriates. Merging blues, jazz, Cajun, and Creole influences along with country-inflected rock, R&B, and piano in the styles of boogie-woogie and fast-pumping Ferriday chording, this group of selections is a magnificent representation of some of Louisiana's smartest and tastiest offerings. From zydeco king Clifton Chenier to ivory tickler James Booker and Tipitina regulars the Neville Brothers, Gumbo is served up dirty, dark, and delicious. Husband-wife duo Carol Fran and Clarence Hollimon rear back to holler and hammer through "Door Poppin'," Eddie Bo puts bad-ass funk and swing to "Piano Roll," and Johnny Adams's "It Ain't the Same Thing" is as fine as swamp-rompin' R&B gets. --Paige La Grone

1. It's Your Voo Doo Working - Charles Sheffield
2. Door Poppin' - Carol Fran/Clarence Hollimon
3. African Gumbo - James Booker
4. Ti Na Na - Clifton Chenier
5. It Ain't The Same Thing - Johnny Adams
6. Lead Me On - Lynn August
7. Voo Doo - The Neville Brothers
8. Piano Roll - Eddie Bo
9. I'm Coming Home - Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters
10. Festis Believe In Justice - Rockie Charles
11. Louisiana - Percy Mayfield
12. Nine Pound Steel - Snooks Eaglin

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00003OP1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of blues, soul and R&B and zydeco from New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana. And a great introduction to lesser known artists who really deserve to be heard, like Charles Sheffield. But of course there are also the well known artists, such as the Neville Brothers and Clifton Chenier. This album is guaranteed to get your feet tapping. The 24 page booklet includes an essay about Louisiana and it's music, and a page devoted to each song and it's artist, and photos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Peck on June 5, 2001
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Hot & Spicy, Tasty & Fulfilling.....just what gumbo is supposed to be! First heard in a little local boutique, I was shakin my shimmie from the first song on and just HAD to buy it! Makes me wish I were strollin down d'bayou or scoffing up some of Tipatina's finest right now. I've bought several copies to give as gifts (some weren't all that excited until they gave it a listen; now those people are turning others onto it). I've given a couple other zy CD's a try but like the man says, "It ain't the same thang".......buy it and enjoy the Big Easy in your own easy chair.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2004
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I don't remember buying this CD, but I certainly remember the first time I played it. It is a fantastic collection of Louisiana Blues and Zydeco. Particularly like 'Festis', but really all of it is good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 12, 2005
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First of all, I have to vent and say that calling this album "Louisiana Gumbo" was a total copout.... Referring to Louisiana as a "gumbo" of cultures is possibly the tritest and most worn-out way to refer to the state, and it gets older and older every time I see it. There must be more creative and original ways to name an album.

That said, this is a pretty good album. The songs are mostly New Orleans-style, there are a couple of Zydeco cuts but no real Cajun songs; a little more diversity would've been nice, but seeing what a butcher job Putumayo did on their "Cajun" collection, maybe I should be thankful they didn't try (their "Zydeco" collection is really wonderful, though!).

If you love New Orleans music, though, you'll be thrilled. This album makes for a nice primer for those who aren't familiar with the music at all, as well. It's a nice one to have in your arsenal, for sure.

If you want a really thorough and complete Louisiana collection, consider picking up Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans instead, it's much more of an investment, but it's a much higher-quality (and much larger) collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Rayne on August 24, 2000
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I heard this CD in a gift shop in Lewes, DE, and found myself dancing in the aisles. It is as much blues as what you might think of as traditional cajun-style music. It reminded my friend and me of Etta James, but with assorted artists and great blues stylings. I can't wait to have my hands on my own copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Elliott on March 8, 2013
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Great CD that will put you in the Gumbo mood for sure!!
The zydeco is great and it's an awesome way to introduce this kind of music to new comers!!
It will definitely stay in your stack of favorites. It's also a great start to a good blues, soul, and R&B collection.
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Big up, Jamaica, to all blokes and sheilas at Putumayo! Haven't you done a bonzer job of presenting world music to the Average Joe. This is another great one. A gumbo is something I enjoyed several times when I was in New Orleans, a soup full of Africa, okra, soft shell crab, hot Cajun sausage, good stuff to get on the outside of when you are in the mood. Best enjoyed with another one! Just like Putumayo CDs.

Louisiana is a place of many people, the African Americans, the Cajuns and Creoles, the White Folks. They all they have their own music, some of which is collected here. All pretty heavy hitting funk, one track (The Neville Brothers) I already have, but the highlight is "Piano Roll" by the late Eddie Bo, former Louis Armstrong sideman, whose work I know from his recordings with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (see Nevilles' Yellow Moon and Brother's Keeper & DDBB's Voodoo & NO album) . I guess the title of Bo's piece is a reference to the rolling tempo, Jelly Roll Moreton and player piano rolls. Bo really gets it on. I am sorry to be leaving flowers on his metaphoric resting place. He was the real deal, like my Dad.
More specifically again, this is piano and guitar driven funk without too many solos, churning polyrhythms, call and response blackness from famous lads like Clifton Chenier aka the King of Zydeco, Rock' Dopsie Jr, Percy Mayfield and Snooks Eaglin and each track will lead you into collecting CDs by the artists concerned. Just the ticket for a King Sunny Ade style knees up. Whew! You are better off listening rather the reading so click on the button and watch the mail!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evy Wareing on June 7, 2013
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Had a charity auction and used the CD's everyone enjoyed the music of which I bought the other 2 CD's below and prepared the foods to go along with the auction.
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