The Bright Mississippi

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2009
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6

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  1. BradleyP
    May 14, 2009
    10
    I don't give out 10s very easily, but this is simply one of the most joyous and listenable jazz recordings I have heard in many years. Fantastic nuance, gorgeous tone, delicious interplay and above all impeccable taste. Repeat listens just give more and more, and it doesn't get better than that. Toussaint has assembled an all-star cast, but it is his vision, his history and his I don't give out 10s very easily, but this is simply one of the most joyous and listenable jazz recordings I have heard in many years. Fantastic nuance, gorgeous tone, delicious interplay and above all impeccable taste. Repeat listens just give more and more, and it doesn't get better than that. Toussaint has assembled an all-star cast, but it is his vision, his history and his gigantic piano sound that steers this album. If I'd seen this performed live, I could die a happy man right on the spot. Expand
  2. MarkS
    Jun 21, 2009
    9
    My honey and I honeymooned in New Orleans, and we recently purchased this CD, and it sounded so good as we drove around in the rain.
  3. May 2, 2012
    9
    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.

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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. The inspiring combination lifts the album far beyond tribute material into sonic territory all its own.
  3. The applause will only grow louder with the release of The Bright Mississippi. It’s quite simply one of the best albums we’ll hear in 2009.