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Rhythm reigns supreme on Creole Moon, which cuts a sinuous, syncopated groove through the various styles that have informed the good Doctor's career. The bayou funk of "Bruha Bembe" recalls the juju mysteries of Dr. John's "Night Tripper" phase and the album-opening "You Swore" adheres to the hip-shaking tradition of "Right Place, Wrong Time," while the jazzier sophistication of "Holdin' Pattern," "Queen of Cold," and the title track show how far he has extended his musical terrain. Among the highlights are four songs cowritten with the late Doc Pomus, including the soulful balladry of "Imitation of Love." Guitarist Sonny Landreth and fiddler Michael Doucet contribute Cajun seasoning to this musical gumbo, while saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman and trombonist Fred Wesley provide stellar brass support. --Don McLeese
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00005NOTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Dr. John swaggers in with `Creole Moon,' an album of all new material, something the good doctor has avoided in almost a decade. The result is a unique brand of `fonk,' with a little gris-gris and gumbo to keep the die-hard fans intoxicated. With The Lower 9-11 helping out, Dr. John completely strangles our idea of blues, funk, and boogie woogie. He is backed on certain tracks by David `Fathead' Newman on saxophone, Sonny Landreth on slide guitar, and a host of others. "You Swore' is the opening cut, that is so `skank' it hurts your head just to groove along. `Creole Moon,' the title cut, transports the listener to the Bayou, during the times of Marie Laveau and Baron Samedi. `Bruha Bembe' is a sweet and lowdown love song that moves along nicely. On `Imitation of Love,' Dr. John turns the tables on a relationship, and slowly lets his lover down. This is an amazing mix of talent, desire, and `personabalized' music. A must have for any Dr. John fan, casual blues, fonk, or jaunty listener. Dr. John truly earns his doctorate in the blues.
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I was attracted to this title by the Amazon review that called it the best blues CD of the year. I've been listening to Dr. John for what? 30 years? Maybe more... I'd never really thought of him as a blues artist, per se, but obviously, he's comfortable within that idiom. I have always considered him as a combination of many influences, including jazz, blues, rock, R&B and all things Cajun. It's the way he amalgamates these influences yet keeps his own distinct personality that has kept me a fan. This disc does not disappoint. Many songs on it are readily recognizable as being Dr. John, but I think we are witnessing a maturing of his sound. The band is excellent, as is the recording quality. Makes me feel like breaking into the chorus of "Iko, Iko".
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This well-crafted, wide-ranging set of 14 tracks clocks in just under one hour and eight minutes. Mac (Dr. John) Rebennack wrote or co-wrote all the songs, including four co-authored with Doc Pomus. Funk and second line rhythms are essential to the CD but, rather than being in front of the mix as in Dr. John's 'Gumbo' and 'In The Right Place' releases, they contribute to the groove that pulls together the music's other influences. The varied additions to 'Creole Moon' include sax (David 'Fathead' Newman), Cajun fiddle (Michael Doucet), slide guitar, flute as well as Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion. You can listen to this release casually or listen more deeply for the intertwined grooves and cross rhythms. 'Georgianna' is a Cajun ballad; "Litenin'" is Latin dance. If you get a chance, see Dr. John and the Lower 9-11 at one of their couple of hundred shows a year; they are extremely worth catching in person.
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The Good Doctor has the cure for Overproducitis, an ailment affecting so much music today. Backed by his outstandingly tight band (the oddly named "Lower 9-11") he strikes gold with this sweetly funky, witty, black-magical collection of N'Awlins moods and characters, and diverse musical influences. While the production is nothing less than perfect, "Creole Moon" also sounds as spontaneous and enthusiatic as a live performance. Every song is a winner, and these are some highlights:
"You Swore" - An intro reminiscent of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" guaranteed to get your toes tapping, and (as another reviewer put it perfectly) "backtalkin' babes" who "do what I wanna do".
"Food for Thought" - Fantastic wordplay, with bandmates David Barrard and Herman Ernest shouting "I like it!" and other approving noises. Second best song on the album.
"Holdin' Pattern" - Great violin solo by Michael Doucet of Beausoleil Cajun fame. He plays with such tenderness that he tugs at your emotions even when backed by a funky groove. This is the Doctor's advice to "you young sprouts".
"Bruha Bembe" - This features a Marie Leveau-like "conjure woman" who uses gris-gris to cast spells of love down on the bayoo, "all bayoo self". The backup girls sing a magical "yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah". This is spooky and loads of fun - best song on the album, maybe the very best the Doctor has ever recorded.
"Imitation of Love" - A straight-ahead blues ballad, co-written by Doc Pomus, in which a man confronts his woman with his unwillingness to continue the facade they have made of their relationship. Nicely and sincerely delivered.
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By raven on December 14, 2002
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A complete scorcher of an recording. If you like the Doctor you will LOVE this one but it has also brought him some new fans too.
My friends love this recording.
The grooves are varied and I even caught a whiff of Hugh Masakela/South African jazz groove on the title track.
Raunchy, romantic, wicked and FUN!!!
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In the past few years, Dr. John has returned to recording and performing the type of great music he made in the 70's. To me, his forays into "good time jazz" are boring and repetitive. (His 'Anutha Zone' from 2000 was a fine return to form). Although the Meters aren't the backup band, (too bad) these songs fit right in with the mood and style of "In The Right Place" and that period. Really no filler, and if you like the swamp feel of great New Orleans r&b, you can't do much better than this disc.
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