115

Allen Toussaint: Connected

Douglas Payne By

Sign in to view read count
Connected offers a generous program (62 minutes) of some of the best, most soulful pop that's been heard in the last twenty years. Such style must seem old-fashioned now. No samples, no contrived rhythms, no phony raps and hardly any concessions to contemporary popular music. Stuff this good hasn't been heard since the late 70s when you were sure to hear great Toussaint tunes like Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" (1975) or Glen Cambell's "Southern Nights" (1977) on the radio.

What you have here is melodic, soulful songs with catchy hooks and danceable grooves. Sometimes the lyrics are goofy ("Computer Lady," "Ahya"). But the tunes – one and all – grab attention and hold on. Among the favorites are the spunky, funky instrumentals: "Get Out of My Life, Woman," "Funky Bars," "All of It" and "Rolling With The Punches." They're not really jazz. But they feature Toussaint strolling in his wondrously appealing way on piano. They got groove too. As for the tunes you can sing along to, go for the joy-to-the-world soul anthems of "We're All Connected" and "Aign Nyee" or the joy-of-love celebrations of "Pure Uncut Love" (interesting title) and "Oh My" (featuring Dave Bartholomew on trumpet). Connected, recorded between 1994 and 1996, isn't really jazz, but it offers joyful listening for those who appreciate the appeal of pop music and – at least for this listener – the happiness music sometimes offers.

Tracks:Pure Uncut Love; Do The Do; Computer Lady; Get Out Of My Life, Woman; We're All Connected' Sweet Dreams; Funky Bars; Ahya; If I Leave; Aign Nyee; In Your Love; Oh My; All Of It; Wrong Number; Rolling With The Punches.Collective

Personnel:

Collective Dave Bartholomew, Stacy Cole, Jamil Sharif: trumpet; Edward Reed, Brian Cayolle: baritone sax; Fred Kemp, Amadee Castenell: tenor sax; Gary Brown: alto sax and tenor sax; Allen Toussaint: piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, vocals; Sammy Berfect: organ; J.R. Branch: synthesizer; Scott Goudea, Leo Nocentelli: guitar; Chris Severin, Roland Guerin: bass; Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Russell Batiste, Herman Lebeaux: drums; Bill Summers, Clarence "Reginald" Toussaint: percussion; Tricia Boutte, Suzanne Bonseigneur, Ed Roussell, Tomika Goffner, Tanya Elllsworth, Terri De Gruy: background vocals.

| Record Label: NYNO | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read One Minute Later CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800° CD/LP/Track Review JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Ephimeral CD/LP/Track Review Ephimeral
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Fly or Die CD/LP/Track Review Fly or Die
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Parachute" CD/LP/Track Review Parachute
by Mike Jacobs
Published: September 13, 2016
Read "Six Easy Pieces" CD/LP/Track Review Six Easy Pieces
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" CD/LP/Track Review Columbia Years 1968-1969
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 4, 2016
Read "Near Life Experience" CD/LP/Track Review Near Life Experience
by John Kelman
Published: June 27, 2016
Read "Recent Developments" CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 26, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!