Album Details

August 04, 2009
The Great American Music Company
Blues, Regional Blues, New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues, New Orleans R&B

Album Review

An enigmatic pianist and vocalist whose hip-shaking, Caribbean-influenced sound in many ways served as the archetype for the entire New Orleans R&B genre, Professor Longhair was the foundation upon which the careers of Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and countless others were built. Red Beans N Rice contains many of Fess' best-known songs, including the Mardi Gras standards "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Tipitina," as well as "Big Chief," a virtual Rosetta Stone of Big Easy 88's-tickling. That said, the versions included here are a bit of a mixed bag; about half the tracks appear to be from the same high-energy 1979 Chicago club date documented on Fuel 2000s Big Easy Strut release, while others are much earlier classic studio tracks also available on several older collections. Among the less-common highlights are the jaunty, humorous "She Ain't Got No Hair," and a particularly loose, greasy live take on the drug-themed NOLA standard "Junko Partner." While certainly not the most representative, best-sounding, or most complete introduction to Professor Longhair, Red Beans N Rice is still a fine collection of music from an iconic artist.
Pemberton Roach, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  2. Professor Longhair's Boogie
  3. Bye Bye Baby
  4. She Ain't Got No Hair
  5. Stompin' with Fess
  6. Jambalaya
  7. Doin' It
  8. How Long Has the Train Been Gone
  9. Junko Partner
  10. Hey Now Baby
  11. Hey Little Girl
  12. Everyday I Have the Blues
  13. Big Chief
  14. Tipitina
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