Mac Rebennack allowed producer Joel Dorn to peer into his bag of tricks, and out popped the first of what promises to be several releases of the good Doctor in concert. For consideration here is a live show at the Lonestar Restaurant in New York City, recorded in 1986. Dr. John Swings through a collection of songs well known to him all played in that New Orleans piano style fashioned by Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and Rebennack himself. Rebennack is playing with a synthesized grand piano sound that gives his left hand tremendous power and the momentum to propel his set to a Mardi Gras frenzy. "Swanee River Boogie" and "Stagger Lee" open the show, and you know things are underway when you hears the words,
I was standing on the corner, when I heard my bulldog bark?
Also included are splendid renditions of Rebennack?s "Average Kind of Guy," "Such a Night," "and "Right Place At the Wrong Time." Rebennack closes the show with the tropical standard, "Iko, Iko" and a blazing Huey Smith medley of "Rockin? Pneumonia." High Blood Pressure," "don?t You Just Know It," and "Don?t You Know Yockomo." This is fun and happy music of which this writer hopes there is much more to come.
Track Listing: Disc 1 (CD) Swanee River Boogie; Stagger Lee; Average Kind Of Guy; Sick And Tired; Such A
Night; Qualified; Something You Got; Junco Partner; Travelin? Mood; Let?s Make The World A Better
Place; Iko, Iko; Rocking Pneumonia/High Blood Pressure/Happy Times/Don?t You Just Know It/Don?t
You Know Yockomo.
Disc 2 (DVD) Mac Rebennack Plays And Sings The Music Of New Orleans.
Personnel: Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack?Piano, Vocals.
Year Released: 2003
| Record Label: Skinji Brim/Hyena
| Style: Blues
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.