The Music Of New Orleans

Ask any inhabitant of New Orleans, Louisiana and they will tell you that they are part of the ‘New Orleans Nation’ – an anecdote that captures the independent and uniquely creative vibe of the great city so well. Consider Afro-American, Latino, European Creole and Cajun influences, and then add in the sounds of Mardis Gras Indian music, and you start to get the picture that this city is quite simply like no other.

The album kicks off with some rhythm ’n’ blues and funk, and it just doesn’t get any better than Jessie Hill, The Meters and Earl King backed by The Meters. Then we move straight on to the music of the Mardi Gras Indians. Mardi Gras is one of the most important and internationally recognised festivals in New Orleans, a city that has a festival for just about everything – even the tomato!

Also heard on this Rough Guide is Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, a New Orleans legend who is still keeping the tradition alive with his inspiring performances, as are the brother duo, James & Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews. Brass bands and second line (a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans) are represented by Kermit Ruffins, Papa Grows Funk, New Orleans Nightcrawlers and the Hot 8 Brass Band, who all deliver music sure put you in the party mood. John. The album finishes off with a track by clarinettist Dr Michael White, a man whose whole life is dedicated to keeping the jazz tradition alive and well.

The bonus album features Dumpstaphunk, a band who have been described by the New York Times as ‘the best funk band from New Orleans right now’, and they don’t say these things lightly! So put your troubles in the ‘dumpsta’ it is time to get up, shake your sacroiliac and feel the (Dumpsta)-phunk!