September 28, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: September 28, 2013

ALLAllen Toussaint experienced a late-career revival sparked, ironically enough, by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He had to leave his hometown New Orleans after the hurricane, relocating to New York City where he started to play regular gigs at Joe’s Pub and, soon enough, he cut The River in Reverse with Elvis Costello. That 2006 album propelled Toussaint toward a greater audience, leading to more headlining concerts, two of which are chronicled on Rounder’s 2013 release Songbook. Recorded in 2009 at Joe’s Pub, Songbook features nothing more than Toussaint alone at a piano running through songs he’s written over the decades. He sprinkles in a New Orleans standard here and there — there’s an excellent rendition of “St. James Infirmary” — but the spotlight is on his peerless originals, songs that are standards in their own right: “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette),” “Holy Cow,” “Get Out of My Life, Woman,” “Yes We Can,” a medley of “A Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller,” “Southern Nights.” Toussaint’s voice sounds smooth and silky — he in no way seems as if he’s in his seventies — and his piano is similarly nimble as it glides from signature New Orleans stride and boogie to sophisticated, elegiac chords. Perhaps this album packs no revelations — there are no rearrangements, nothing unexpected in the songs — but as an elegant summation of strengths, this Songbook is mighty attractive.

mp3 256 kbps | 101 MB | UL | TB | CL

dwDisc 1 :
1. The Sad Side of Town
2. Late Great Golden State
3. The Back of Your Hand
4. If Teardrops Were Diamonds
5. Long Goodbye
6. Intentional Heartache
7. Blame the Vain
8. I Wanna Love Again
9. Just Passin’ Time
10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
11. Close Up the Honky Tonks
12. My Heart Skips a Beat
13. Act Naturally
14. A Heart Like Mine

Disc 2:
1. Intentional Heartache
2. Blame the Vain
3. The Back of Your Hand
4. The Late Great Golden State
5. Close Up the Honky Tonks

mp3 VBR~245 kbps | 91 MB  | UL | CL

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