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
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  1. BradleyP
    May 14, 2009
    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
    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
    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