Allen Toussaint: Connected
After kicking off the disc on piano on "Pure Uncut Love" and "Do the Do," Toussaint switches to an aptly-deployed Fender Rhodes for "Computer Lady." Highlights of the disc: the deep blues of "Get Out of My Life, Woman," featuring trademark chunky unison horns and his insinuating blues piano, and "Sweet Dreams," a sparkling ballad featuring Tricia Boutté on additional vocals. "Funky Bars" consists of a lot of them. Any funk fan will not go away unhappy from this track, or from the disc in general: "All of It" is both the name of a particularly funky track and the answer to the question, "How much of this disc has soul?" Toussaint plays well with contrasts: from the high register superfunky beginning to "Ahya", to the rumbling yearning of "If I Leave." He even dips into the Caribbean on "Aign Nyee."
All in all, a solid return from Toussaint, and, one hopes, the forerunner of many more yet to come.
Record Label: NYNO