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Remembering Dr. John

Read "Remembering Dr. John" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Dr. John, Ph'd in jny: New Orleans piano with a minor in voodoo, died at the age 77 on June 6. Dr. John honored his roots, learned from masters like Professor Longhair, and added his own special herbs to create a gumbo that can never be recreated, even if someone manages to find a recipe. Dr. John was born Mac Rebennack, a name that makes one wonder why he thought he would need an alias in the first place. Rebennack's ...

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Dr. John: The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974

Read "The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If you have a musician friend who plays in a rhythm section, or just a friend who simply loves rhythm, drop Dr. John: The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968--1974 on them. Throughout these 22 tracks, every A-side and B-side of every Dr. John Atco/Atlantic Records single issued in the US and the UK, produced by such industry giants as Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun and New Orleans legends Harold Battiste and Allen Toussaint, this good doctor's rhythms are swirling, offbeat, and deceptively ...

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Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch

Read "Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

New Orleans piano man Dr. John needs little introduction--his work as a groundbreaking genre-bending musician crosses multiple musical borders. Multiple collaborations with various artists throughout a long career have given him a well-deserved reputation that earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--even though he is a New Orleans boogie man at heart. His amazing tribute to the music of fellow Louisiana son Louis Armstrong features musicians from various backgrounds. The disc begins with ...

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Dr. John and the Lower 911: Tribal

Read "Tribal" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dr. John made his bones (at least with the national audience) with a spooky, swampy blues / psychedelia / R&B / funk / pop / rock / jazz-influenced musical gumbo that included the originals “Right Place, Wrong Time," “Mardi Gras Day," “I Walk on Guilded Splinters," “Such A Night" as well as covers of “Iko Iko," “Big Chief" and “Tipitina." Though Dr. John has never changed his approach or his sound, Tribal (to ...

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Dr. John and The Lower 911: Tribal

Read "Tribal" reviewed by Chris May

With hindsight, keyboards player and vocalist Mac Rebennack's return to his “Dr. John, The Night Tripper" oeuvre might have been foreseen before the recording of Tribal, when in 2006 he once more donned the full-blown voodoo regalia for his appearance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. But then Katrina came along and Rebennack's attentions became focused on a more pressing concern, the rescue of his hometown, New Orleans. The Grammy award-winning ("Best Contemporary Blues Album") City That Care Forgot (Cooking Vinyl, ...

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Dr. John and The Neville Brothers at the Keswick Theatre

Read "Dr. John and The Neville Brothers at the Keswick Theatre" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Dr. John and The Neville BrothersKeswick TheatreGlenside, PAAugust 25, 2009

Mardi Gras came to the Philadelphia suburbs when Dr. John and The Neville Brothers took over the stage at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The Keswick is an acoustically perfect, fully restored, 1350 seat music venue built in 1928. It is a beautiful building with literally “no bad seats" and filled with original art deco touches. Yet it has a fully modern sound and ...

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Dr. John: City That Care Forgot

Read "City That Care Forgot" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Dr. John is angry--and with good cause. Though saddened by the natural destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, he is pissed at the man-made tragedy that its aftermath has spawned. On City That Care Forgot he directs his anger at the White House, the mayor and police force of New Orleans, insurance companies, crooked, thieving contractors/roofers and everyone else making money off the Katrina disaster. His mood can best be summed up by this telling lyric from “We Gettin' There"--"And if ...


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