The Bright Mississippi - Allen Toussaint
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  • Summary: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer/musician from New Orleans releases his first major jazz album produced by Joe Henry.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. It defines vicinity so broadly that you'll also find Beiderbecke and Reinhardt, two Ellington tunes, songs by a jazz critic and Ed Sullivan's bandleader.
  2. The inspiring combination lifts the album far beyond tribute material into sonic territory all its own.
  3. Upon the first listen, The Bright Mississippi merely seems like a joyous good time, but subsequent spins focus attention on just how rich and multi-layered this wonderful music is.
  4. His piano versions of standards such as Winin' Boy Blues show that the funk was always in the Big Easy's blood.
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    There is sleaze here and funeral swing, and sass to spare. [Jun 2009, p.105]
  6. Toussaint gives each of the instruments room to explore, breaking free of the structure of the song and marking it with his own distinctive stamp. It's this loose, spirited mood that makes the album's interpretations so smooth and effective.
  7. He's a terrific piano player, a gift put to exquisite use on this collection of old jazz standards. [Jun 2009, p.132]

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. May 2, 2012
    This is a great album because of its mix of traditional and modern approaches to the new orleans jazz idiom. Really swings and smokes throughout and is just plain fun to listen to. Expand

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