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Rock 'n Roll Gumbo

Professor LonghairAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B0000030LH
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hey Now Baby
2. Junco Partner
3. Meet Me Tomorrow Night
4. Doin' It
5. How Long Has That Train Been Gone
6. Mean Ol' World
7. Rockin' Pneumonia
8. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
9. Jambalaya
10. Tipitina
11. Mess Around
12. Stag-O-Lee
13. Rum And Coke
14. (They Call Me) Dr. Professor Longhair

Editorial Reviews


With top-of-the-line recording quality, songs drawn from the very fabric of New Orleans's musical history, and a tight band featuring Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown on guitar and fiddle, this set remains quintessential Longhair-and thus quintessential New Orleans boogie piano. An added horn track (the album was originally recorded sans horns in 1974) on one song ("Mardis Gras in New Orleans") is a minor quibble. (J.T.) -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup, The Absolute Best May 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly remarkable collection of music, with taut, blistering versions of many of Professor Longhair's best-known songs. Excellent guitar work by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown adds some extra spice to the mix and the Professor is cranked -- extraordinarily energetic performances, but always with that syncopated swing -- never just fast and frenetic.
I don't even think I could pick a favorite song on this one... the version of "Stagolee" is a real standout. No matter how many half-hearted renditions you've heard by other artists, you can feel the lowlife menace of the lyrics. But then there's "How Long Has This Train Been Gone." And the cleverly re-worked "Rum & Coke." And a great "Junco Partner." And so on.
It's amazing to contemplate that this stuff was recorded when the Professor was relatively old and not all that healthy -- and according to the liner notes, only a few days after his uninsured house burned down. He sounds absolutely on top of the world and at the top of his form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Masterful Fess September 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Fess has been gone now for exactly twenty years. We'll not see the likes of this titan again.
Try to get a handle on this man's greatness. More than any other musician, he defines a whole genre of music. Dr. John, Earl King, everyone of any consequence on the New Orleans musical scene, the whole lot of them owe him everything.
The guy spent much of his life struggling to make ends meet, employed as a janitor. Listen to the rolling opening bars of "Tipitina's" on this disc and wonder how this could possibly be.
Everyone says that Crawfish Fiesta is his best album. I don't know. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get any better than this. "Doin It," "Big Chief", "Junco Partner," "Mess Around," they're all here.
You really, really need to listen to this disc if you have any interest at all in New Orleans music and where it comes from.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girls Call Him Little Old Lovin' Man January 4, 2002
By Mad Dog
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that got Profesor Longhair back into the spotlight of the New Orleans musical scene. He'd been a popular bandleader years before, but had landed on hard times. The producers of this collection heard he was still around and found him working for minimum wage sweeping floors. They swept him away, helped him put together a band and this classic album resulted.
Fess pulled together elements of blues, jazz, boogie, rhumba and calypso and melted into his own Creole stew. This collection includes many tunes that never sounded better than when played by Fess. His take on "Rockin' Pneumonia" will get your toes a tappin' in no time. "Hey Now Baby" shows off his unique blues approach, as does "Mean Ol' World". Excellent interpretations of "Jambalaya" and "Stag-O-Lee" and some originals (Tipitina and Dr. Professor Longhair) mix well with the rest to yield a can't miss New Orleans classic. The boys may have called him Dr. Professor Longhair, but the little girls must have known him better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underlistened albums of all time August 28, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Professor Longhair was and still is an inspiration to myriad New Orleans piano players. Without a doubt, this is his best recording. More than any other of his albums the complete essence of Fess's talents stand out on RNR Gumbo. Here is where you know where Dr. John, MArcia Ball, Art Neville, and many others got their inspiration. On track after track Fess's distictive talents shine. From the position of a non-piano player like myself, part of the magic in this album is trying to figure out how in the world his left and right hands act so independently and so in synch. Credit must also be given to Clarence Gatemouth Brown and the rest of the band for supporting Fess on this masterpiece. This album is what I imagine seeing Fess live must have sounded like. Its alive, inspiring, and should be required listening for all aspiring pianists. My s\choice for best tracks: Rum and Coke and Tipitina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fess at his Finest! March 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is "The Professor" at his finest. This is a wonderful "rhomp-n-stomp" accross his best songs. The recording is crystal-clear, and his piano has been boosted up so you can hear New Orleans' FINEST musician!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality March 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Very impressed with the sound quality and performance. If this album does not make you smile and rock, you must be in a coma.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Quality Professor August 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I own every Professor Longhair CD that I can find - and this one has - by far - the best sound quality!!!

That makes it the one to chose if you are new to the Professor, or want to introduce others...

Great Sound - and most of his best songs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best November 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
'Fess was, I think, the greatest piano player who ever lived and this is his absolute best record. A non-stop romp from start to finish, including scorching versions of "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Hey Now Baby."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Fess' best!!
It's hard to decide which Professor Longhair album is the definitive one, but this one comes pretty close. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Fess back in the studio, after a few years sweeping floors...
I may be wrong about this, but from what I've read, the late Henry Roeland Byrd, a.k.a. Professor Longhair, did not make any new recordings from 1965 to 1972. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lawrence A. Sojka
5.0 out of 5 stars Professor Longhair - Rock 'N' Roll Gumbo (Windham Hill, 1990)
New Orleans Blues piano never got better than this. Fess is at his best with hardly realizable rhythm and inimitable playing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dimitri
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an absolutely terrific album. Everyone I play it for wants a copy. You can listen over and over.
Published on April 6, 2011 by Charles A. Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Professor - period.
As much as I loved Crawfish Fiesta when it was first released, Rock 'n Roll Gumbo is the better album. Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by George Kovats
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to have
This reissue, lovingly produced by George Winston, includes tracks from the Professor's (Henry Roeland Byrd 1918-80) last recording sessions. Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by RECORD SHOP GIRL
5.0 out of 5 stars where yah at Gang?
Best fess recording Ive heard! Strongly suggested. Always considered myself a guitar aficionado and Gatemouth's runs hereon are sweet but the keyboard work is second to none! Read more
Published on April 8, 2008 by David L. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Fess' Best
This is one of two of the many Professor Longhair albums out there that is a must own - the other being Crawfish Fiesta. It truly does not get better than this.
Published on October 15, 2007 by Smitty
5.0 out of 5 stars George Winston's greatest contribution to music
George Winston, the producer of this CD, was a top seller on Windham Hill records during the 1980s and early '90s. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by madamemusico
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Fess
This album is the best by Professor Longhair and The Fess is one of the best. Call his Style what you will: blues boggie woggie, blackability, Blues Gumbo or just plain good the... Read more
Published on February 13, 2007 by Boston Bluesman
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