Title: Down In New Orleans - USA
Blind Boys of Alabama
Carl LeBlanc (banjo), Ralph Boyd Johnson (clarinet), Darryl Adams (alto saxophone), John Gilbert (tenor saxophone), Alvarez Huntley, Raymond "Taff" Williams, John Brunious (trumpet), Keith Anderson , Jerome Jones, Tyrus Chapman (trombone), Bennie Pete, Benjamin Jaffe (tuba); David Torkanowsky (piano, keyboards); Allen Toussaint (piano), Ronald Guerin (upright bass, electric bass), Shannon Powell (drums), Harry Cook (bass drum), Sammy Cyrus (snare drum)
While they may not hail from the Crescent City, the Blind Boys of Alabama obviously have a strong connection to its musical traditions, a fact made unmistakably clear on DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS. With the able assistance of such estimable local heroes as Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the long-lived (they've been recording since the 1940s) gospel icons deliver a straight-from-the-heart tribute to the spirit of New Orleans, giving their arrangements of traditional spiritual tunes a Big Easy tweak. The country blues song "You Got to Move," for instance, is transformed into a banjo-and-tuba Dixieland offering, and the gospel classic "Uncloudy Day" becomes a brass-band rave-up. Even the less overt stylistic adaptations bear the distinctive bump of New Orleans grooves, settling in seamlessly under the Blind Boys' rich, soulful voices.