||Dance the Night Away With You||Dr. John||4:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Street Side||Dr. John||6:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wild Honey||Dr. John||4:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rain||Dr. John||4:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Snake Eyes||Dr. John||6:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fire of Love||Dr. John||3:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sonata/He's a Hero||Dr. John||5:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||City Lights||Dr. John||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Although it slipped through the cracks in his catalog and has been out of print for years, 1978’s City Lights is one of Mac Rebennack’s most sophistted efforts. The project blends Dr. John’s feel for funk with an ensemble of top-tier jazz players, overseen by producer Tommy LiPuma (Miles Davis, George Benson, Al Jarreau). A classy rhythm section comprised of drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Will Lee (future member of David Letterman’s band) gives the music an understated percolation, while master instrumentalists Hugh McCracken and David Sanborn deepen the folds. City Lights succeeds in conjuring a hidden, late-night urban landscape. Even though there are strong traces of the Doctor’s native New Orleans, this feels more like the kind of music that comes from years of global traveling, of walking through unfamiliar streets in search of hot coffee on lonely nights. The music is almost introverted in its restraint, but once you lean in it’s easy to appreciate the fine detailing and depth of feeling. The feeling of the period is best captured by “Rain,” one of Dr. John’s most poignant ballads.
I call it his NEW YAWK album… Sophisto-Funk & Great!!!
Here is a groove laden, strutting album of originals by DR. JOHN… He took of the Gris Gris chain and put on spats and hailed a cab downtown for this one. AND he got the best of NYC session dudes to strut with him. This is GADD and LEE’s show too… and they bop it and pop it to death. So glad to have this back in rotation to groove with my baby to.
Born: November 21, 1940 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s