The Bright Mississippi
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||Egyptian Fantasy||Allen Toussaint||4:39||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||A Dear Old Southland||Allen Toussaint||6:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||St. James Infirmary||Allen Toussaint||3:51||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Singin' the Blues||Allen Toussaint||5:40||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Winin' Boy Blues||Allen Toussaint||6:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||West End Blues||Allen Toussaint||3:51||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Blue Drag||Allen Toussaint||4:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Just a Closer Walk With Thee||Allen Toussaint||5:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Bright Mississippi||Allen Toussaint||5:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Day Dream||Allen Toussaint||5:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Long, Long Journey||Allen Toussaint||4:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Solitude||Allen Toussaint||5:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
It’s difficult to overstate the contributions of legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer Allen Toussaint to American music. And he’s not finished, as recent albums such as the 2007 collaboration with Elvis Costello, The River in Reverse, attest. Clearly the man, who is 71 years old, is not living in the past. Toussaint and his cohorts’ vivacious interpretations of songs by such giants as Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk demonstrate exactly why these tunes are timeless. Partnering with an adventurous, A-list band (of course) that includes Don Byron (clarinet), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Marc Ribot (acoustic guitar), David Piltch (upright bass), and Jay Bellerose (drums), with guest appearances by Joshua Redman (tenor sax) and Brad Mehldau (piano), the musicianship is simply superb throughout, with Toussaint confidently displaying his unique style of piano virtuosity — swinging, supple, and irrepressibly soulful. The Bright Mississippi offers further evidence of why Toussaint is rightfully considered a cultural treasure.
Im not a big jazz guy, but track 10 (day dream) is so beautiful. It just seeps into your soul. Listen to it if you dont believe me.
Dang. Hands down, this is just absolutely superb. Even if you're not a huge jazz fan, you have to appreciate the craft and sheer soulful talent here. An excellent addition to any musicphile's collection. This guy is 70 and still smokin' on the keys! WOW. Knocks me off my feet.
This is a wonderful soulful recording - evoking the earlier music of NOLA. Maestro Toussaint has surrounded himself with superb creative musicians and is looking to the future, by acknowledging the past. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Born: January 14, 1938 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s