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Orleans Inspiration

Henry ButlerAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000008AHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Orleans Inspiration
2. Something You Got
3. Dixie Walker
4. Mama Roux
5. Tipitina's
6. Somewhere
7. Come Back Jack
8. Goin' Down Slow
9. Dr. James
10. Hey Little Girl
11. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
12. Good Night Song

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audio compact disc - jazz/R&B - music of New Orleans. Henry Butler - pianist and vocalist. Blind man.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the title track June 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This may be Henry Butler's most inconsistent album. Butler is, of course, one of the best piano players around, and he stubbornly refuses to be pigeonholed. This album is all over the place stylistically. Some of the tracks use synthesizers that sound a bit dated to me now. However, the album is worth owning for the acoustic tracks, and the title track in particular. The title track is one of the most grand and inspiring pieces Butler has ever recorded, perfectly encapsulating Butler's love of blues, jazz, and the New Orleans sound of Professor Longhair. There is another version of it on PiaNOLA Live, but this one is actually better. The playing is tighter, and the sound is brighter. There are a few other real gems on here as well, but the synthesizer tracks just don't do it for me. If synthesizers don't bug you, then don't worry about it, but even if they do, the title track here is just plain brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso April 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Henry Butler is a marvellously versitile pianist who can play in a multitude of different styles. On this album you find him paying tribute to some of the great New Orleans Pianists. He covers 'Tipitina' (Prof Longhair) and the title track 'Orleans Inspiration' undoubtably was influenced by James Booker. His New Orleans based playing is very exciting and these tracks alone make the album worth getting.

However, Butler is also a modern Jazz pianist as well being a very good classical pianist. So you will find a variety of styles on this album, not all of which will neccessarily be to your taste. The track 'Somewhere' showcases his remarkable vocal abilities as well. Butler is a classically trained singer whose vocal style is somewhat at odds with his playing on this album.

Overall though this is a great album to get hold of if you're interested in hearing a variety of different Piano styles (occasionally he uses electric keyboards as well).
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