Big Easy CD

Big Easy CD

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  1. Tiger Rag
  2. Skokiaan
  3. When I Die (You Better Second Line)
  4. Wake Up Neesie
  5. Palm Court Strut
  6. Stardust
  7. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  8. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Big Easy
  10. The World Is A Ghetto
  11. Basin Street Blues
  12. One Life
  13. Skokiaan (Remix)

Here, trumpeter and vocalist Kermit Ruffins has prepared a gumbo of a music that absorbs any influence, yet screams “Big Easy!” He may not have the technical prowess of other Louisiana trumpeters, but they’ll never sing about their own funeral and make the listener dance and laugh while doing it, as on “When I Die (You Better Second Line).” Ruffins visits traditional New Orleans with the old standards “Basin Street Blues,” “Tiger Rag,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and hangs on the modern jazz side with the cooker “Wake Up, Nessie” and a great cover of War’s “The World Is a Ghetto.” But his hometown is more than just jazz. There’s the Latin tinge of “Skokiaan” and that simmering Allen Toussaint/Neville Brothers brand of Big Easy soul that’s represented on “Palm Court Strut.” For food there’s the very cute “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner” and the title track, an audio tour with culinary delights. Like another great Crescent City trumpeter, Ruffins’s taken his horn-blowing gift, grafted it with an undeniably charming gruff singing style, and concentrated on making great records, of which this is one. –Mark Ruffin


“Lots of good, greasy fun” – Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
“Kermit plays a sweet, sweet horn” –
“A musical good-time tour of the Crescent City” – Larry Applebaum, Jazztimes


2002 Basin Street Records