Stanton Moore's tribute to Allen Toussaint is chock full of New Orleans sounds and is one of his most exciting albums to date. Moore, a New Orleans native himself, is fully immersed in the groove, and that groove is funky. Allen Toussaint pretty much invented New Orleans funk and Moore is a faithful disciple. This collection has some familiar tunes and a handful of obscurities, all of which are performed precisely and lovingly by Moore, with pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton, both New Orleans institutions themselves.
Opening with "Here Come the Girls," with Cyril Neville on vocals and tambourine, the performance is rounded out by a rousing trombone via the first called Trombone Shorty and a killer horn section. Torkanowsky's piano is prominent as Neville sings lead on "Life "and the backing singers sing the refrain, "Mother, mother, just look what they have done to your boy." Nicholas Payton serves up a delectable trumpet solo, Sherik blows tenor and baritone, Aaron Fletcher is on alto, and Moore is the foundation off of which they all jump. On "Java," a familiar New Orleans staple, the stripped down horns are Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Donald Harrison, Jr. (alto) and Trombone Shorty. Moore supplies the second line drumming that propels the piece.
"All These Things," was a hit for Art Neville and was recorded by Toussaint and Elvis Costello on their outstanding collaboration, "The River In Reverse." It is here performed superbly by Jolynda Kiki Chapman. Even on this delicate piece Moore's soft touch is impressive on cymbals and brushes. The piano solo is equally tender. One of Toussaint's most familiar pieces on the collection is "Everything I Do Gone Be Funky." It is all that and more. Cyril Neville is joined by the great alto player Maceo Parker, of James Brown band fame, and a rockin' horn section. Moore is the epitome of the New Orleans drummer, with funky lines throughout. One of the most successful songs for Toussaint was "Southern Nights," popularized by Glenn Campbell. The version here is presented as a spoken word piece by Wendall Pierce, with support from Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Hammond B3. Moore's support is subtle and nuanced. Check out "The Beat," as well, with Cyril Neville reciting, Mike Dillon on percussion and Stanton Moore driving it. Perhaps Stanton Moore's best piece on what is clearly one of the best albums he has recorded.
Track Listing: Here Comes The Girls; Life; Java; All These Things; Night People; The Beat; Riverboat; Everything I Do Gone Be Funky; With You In Mind; Southern Nights.
Stanton Moore drums; David Torkanowsky: piano; James Singleton bass; Jolynda Kiki Chapman: lead and background vocals; Cyril Neville: lead vocals, tambourine; Nicholas Payton: trumpet, Hammond B3; Eric Bloom: trumpet; Trombone Shorty: trombone: Mark Mullins: trombone; Donald Harrison: alto sax; Maceo Parker: alto sax; Aarin Fletcher: alto sax; Skerik: baritone sax; Mike Dillon: percussion: Erica Falls: background vocals; Wendell Pierce: spoken word.
Title: With You In Mind
| Year Released: 2017
| Record Label: Cool Green Recordings