Smithsonian Folkways salutes the Crescent City with "Classic Sounds of New Orleans"

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Jul 11, 2010, 6:12:50 PM7/11/10
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From street parades to nightclubs, from church houses to dance halls,
music has been essential to the unique culture of New Orleans, and
Smithsonian Folkways honors the Crescent City's heritage with its
'Classic Sounds of New Orleans' CD, out July 27.

Some of the most influential musicians of the 20th century emerged
from New Orleans, including such legendary figures as Buddy Bolden,
Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Sidney Bechet,
Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. The tradition continues in the
21st century, with New Orleans artists such as the Marsalis family,
The Neville Brothers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, Dr.
John, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irma Thomas, The Wild
Magnolias, Terrence Blanchard, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and
Kermit Ruffins leading the second line.

'Classic Sounds of New Orleans' is testimony to the rich and varied
history of what could be America’s most musical city (and the
birthplace of jazz) and to the legacy of the Folkways mission to
preserve it. The CD opens and closes with the distinctive brass band
sound that turns the streets of the Big Easy into a big party, and
also presents the sounds of the city’s streets as chronicled by music
historians Frederick Ramsey Jr. and Samuel Barclay Charters, who
worked closely with Folkways Records founder Moses Asch. The sounds of
a shoeshine boy, a blackberry vendor, a down-and-out jazzman blowing a
harmonica, the ritual chants of Mardi Gras Indians, and a street
corner evangelist illustrate how integral music is to everyday life in
New Orleans. Three tracks bear witness to the city’s deep roots in the
tradition of African American sacred music.

The remainder of the CD's 26 tracks are dedicated to the city's jazz
and blues sounds. They include recordings from the Folkways archives
of New Orleans notables such as Doc Paulin, Emile Barnes, Snooks
Eaglin, Lonnie Johnson, Champion Jack Dupree, and staples of the New
Orleans repertoire such as "Corrine, Corrina," “Saint James Infirmary”
and "Please Don't Talk about Me When I'm Gone."

The CD package includes a 32-page booklet with detailed track-by-track
liner notes by Robert H. Cataliotti.

Track Listing:
Classic Sounds of New Orleans from Smithsonian Folkways
01. Just a Little While to Stay Here - Eureka Brass Band
02. Shoe Shine Hambone - Shoe Shine Boy
03. Tiger Rag - Freddie L. Small
04. Blackberries! - Dora Bliggen
05. Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band - Mardi Gras Indians
06. Times Done Changed - Sister Dora Alexander
07. Dark Was the Night - Rev. Lewis Jackson & Charlotte Rucell
08. Back to the Time - Choir of Pilgrim Baptist Church
09. We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City (Dirge) - Doc Paulin
10. We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City (March) - Doc Paulin
11. Bucket's Got a Hole in It - Punch Miller with Samuel B. Charters
12. Spooky Drums #1 - Baby Dodds
13. Millenberg Joys - Emile Barnes
14. Clarinet Marmalade - Six & Seven Eights String Band
15. High Society - Snooks Eaglin
16. Careless Love - Lonnie Johnson
17. Lonesome Road - Billie & Dee Dee Pierce w. Emile Barnes
18. Corrine, Corrina - Kid Clayton
19. Saint James Infirmary - Snooks Eaglin
20. Take Your Big Leg Off Me/Easy Rider/ Mama Don't 'Low No Music
Playing Here - H. J. Boiusseau
21. Rattlesnake Boogie - Champion Jack Dupree
22. Please Don’t Talk about Me When I'm Gone - Roosevelt Sykes
23. Jimmy's Blues - Kid Clayton
24. C. C. Rider - Lonnie Johnson
25. Shake It and Break It - Emile Barnes & Lawrence Tocca with Billie
26. Lord, Lord, Lord - Eureka Brass Band


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