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February 21, 2019

NeahkahnieGold 10 Albums to Get You Ready for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans is indulgent sensory overload. Smells of boudin balls and gumbo wafting in the wind, strings of beads flying through the air and endless booze-fueled dancing sets the holiday far apart from any other in the country. With the start of Carnival season comes fanciful parades, colorful king cakes, and pretty Big Chiefs strutting with their krewes. It’s no surprise that musicians in the birthplace of Jazz have paid tribute to their home city with iconic Mardi Gras music.

 

Carnival season is best spent immersing yourself in the music of New Orleans. With its quick rhythm, swampy cadence and brassy melodies, the style perfectly encapsulates the feeling of Mardi Gras. Like those first warm breezes rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico, the warm sound of vinyl is the perfect fit for these classic New Orleans’ albums. Get your feet dancing and funk up your Fat Tuesday with these picks.

 

Essential Mardi Gras Music

Professor Longhair - New Orleans Piano Music album cover

Professor LonghairNew Orleans Piano Music

Professor Longhair was a New Orleans’ icon, with an eclectic calypsorumba style and vibrant personality to match. This album contains some of his best known works at a time when he was in his prime. Two songs stand out from the rest for their deep connections to Mardi Gras – Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Tipitina. The whistle in Mardi Gras in New Orleans is positively Pavlovian to those that love the holiday. It’s tradition to play these songs on a Mardi Gras morning and they are the perfect rhythm to get your feet dancing on Fat Tuesday! For a more Mardi Gras-centric compilation of his work, give Mardi Gras in New Orleans 1949-1957 a listen. With his full band, The Shuffling Hungarians, the album is an absolute blast!

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The Meters - Fire On The Bayou album cover

The MetersFire On The Bayou

Heavily inspired by Professor Longhair and considered by many to be the founding fathers of Funk, The Meters is one of the most famous New Orleans’ bands. This album is one of their best, released while they were opening for the Rolling Stones on tour, and has a healthy dose of Mardi Gras songs scattered throughout. They say every child in New Orleans learns They All Ask’d For You while growing up and the original cut found on this album is steeped in the soul of many in the Crescent City. The album closes out with the famed Mardi Gras Mambo – the unofficial anthem of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Rebirth Brass Band - Feel Like Funkin' It Up album cover

Rebirth Brass BandFeel Like Funkin’ It Up

Originally started in Joseph S. Clark High School in the Treme neighborhood by famed trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and his fellow classmates, the Rebirth Brass Band is a standard bearer of sassy, brassy New Orleans sound. With the shameless Do Watcha Wanna, a speedy rendition of Big Chief, and the classic I Feel Like Funkin’ It Up all etched on the first side of this brilliant LP, it’s a must listen during Mardi Gras season.

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Dr. John - Dr. John's Gumbo

Dr. JohnDr John’s Gumbo

Dr. John is the heart and soul of a city that eats, sleeps, and breathes unique music. Churning out swampy songs under his own moniker since the bayou funk masterpiece Gris Gris in 1968 and as a session-musician long before that, Dr. John has left an enduring impact on the culture and style of New Orleans music. Though all of his albums have that creole cadence and New Orleans rhythm, perhaps no other album speaks to the true soul of Mardi Gras better than Dr. John’s Gumbo. A collection of covers of songs from his native Louisiana, Dr. John amplifies many of these greats with his signature style. From the loving rendition of Iko Iko, to the rolling keys of Big Chief, to the strong chants of Little Liza Jane, this album is Mardi Gras gold.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band - My Feet Can't Fail Me Now

Dirty Dozen Brass BandMy Feet Can’t Fail Me Now

Big, brassy sounds are quintessential to New Orleans and Dirty Dozen Brass Band is perhaps the most well-known purveyors of this slice of Mardi Gras music. Representing a departure from the traditional brass style of earlier Jazz predecessors, their brazen style and electric live performances have left a lasting impact on the city’s music. My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now is the perfect anthem for your long Mardi Gras days.

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Louis Armstrong - Mardi Gras March

Louis ArmstrongMardi Gras March

Lous Armstrong is a lion of Jazz. Though frequently associated with New York, he cut his chops in the Big Easy and was even King of Zulu Krewe in 1949. Mardi Gras March is his tribute to the city and festival that he forever held dear.

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Courir du Mardi Gras

Various – Musique Cajun: Le “Courir” Du Mardi Gras A Mamou – Louisiane U.S.A.

On the outskirts of town in the rural plains of Southern Louisiana, Mardi Gras is celebrated in an entirely different way. With beer and liquor free flowing, an obligatory run through mud, communal gumbo, and whimsical costumes, Courir de Mardi Gras is nearly unrecognizable from it’s city dwelling sibling. Trade a brass section for a fiddle and English lyrics for French and you’ve got yourself a Cajun Mardi Gras. This album touches on some of the staples heard in yonder parish fields on Fat Tuesday.

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Fats Domino - Let's Play Fats Domino

Fats DominoLet’s Play Fats Domino

We all know that New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz, but could it have also been the starting point of Rock and Roll? Ask any Fats Domino fan and you might be surprised by the answer you get. His cover of the soulful When the Saints Go Marching In is still used when the New Orleans Saints put points on the board and can be heard echoing through the balcony-lined streets of the Crescent City throughout Carnival season.

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Allen Toussaint - Southern Nights

Allen ToussaintSouthern Nights

A personal favorite of this author is the late, great Allen Toussaint. No list of iconic New Orleans music is complete without giving credit to this legend. You can’t go wrong with any Allen Toussaint album, but perhaps no other carries the sound and style of the city more than Southern Nights. A prolific songwriter and producer, Toussaint shines in this album and in doing so provides the perfect soundtrack to keep you grooving on those shimmering Mardi Gras nights.

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The Wild Tchoupitoulas album cover

The Wild TchoupitoulasThe Wild Tchoupitoulas

Credit where credit is due. When I wrote originally wrote this post, I left out one of the most important Mardi Gras albums, The Wild Tchoupitoulas self-titled album. Discogs user willyrobinson called me out, and rightfully so. It’s not only one of the most beautiful album covers you could have in your collection, it also has deep ties to the cultural heritage of the revered Mardi Gras Indians that march the streets on Fat Tuesday. Arranged by the famed Neville brothers and with vocals from actual New Orleans Chiefs, this album is both a historic relic and a fantastic listen. If you’re looking for a quintessential Mardi Gras song, look no futher then “Meet De Boys On The Battlefront”.

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Am I missing many others? Absolutely. From the Storyville Stompers that follow the Society of St. Ann to the river in rememberance of those that have passed to the many marching bands that parade the streets, the history of Mardi Gras music is rich. Help build on our list by sharing your favorite New Orleans’ albums to listen to during Carnival season in the comments. Don’t forget to check out one of your local record shops, or the Discogs Marketplace, to add these to your collection!

 

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The inaugural Turquazz: Anatolian Jazz & Roots Festival – a new multidisciplinary music and arts festival – starts in London next month and is set to shine a light on Anatolian jazz and roots culture emanating from Turkey and its surrounding regions.

Running from 13 to 30 March at various venues around the capital, the festival features a busy programme of jazz gigs, film screenings, jazz documentaries, talks on Anatolian jazz as well as a Turkish tango dance event, a jazz-funk DJ event and a pop up dining experience.

Key jazz gigs include the Dave Brubeck-inspired Funkbook a La Turc (named after the pianist’s 1959 classic ‘Blue Rondo à la Turk’) who are led by guitarist Önder Focan and saxophonist Şallıel Brothers. Appearing at the 606 Club, Chelsea on 27 March, the band perform music from their 2018 album Standard and ‘Swing’ A la Turc, which features their funky take on Turkish folk songs, jazz and urban music styles.

Also performing are pianist Can Çankaya and bassist Kağan Yıldız, in their acclaimed duo project, Timeless. Appearing on 20 March at Phoenix Arts Club, Soho, they play classic jazz standards and original compositions.

The Turkish jazz underground is also featured when six-piece band The Origins, rock up to Cafe OTO, Dalston on 26 March for a night of esoteric music making. Featuring bandleader/bassist Cem Tuncer, guest trumpeter Baris Demirel (pictured above) and organist Tolga Zafer Ozdemirc the group explore a wide range of wild instruments, including the Anatolian Kamancheh, the Kopuz (lute), kanun, clarinet, kaval, duduk, bendir and oud.

– Mike Flynn

For more information on the whole programme visit www.turquazz.org

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Acclaimed saxophonist Seamus Blake releases his new album, Guardians of the Heart Machine, on 15 March via UK-imprint Whirlwind Recordings. His ninth album to date, and his first to be released on vinyl, the London-born, Vancouver-raised tenorist will launch the album at Kings Place, London on 8 March as part of a whistle-stop European tour.

Hailed as one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation, the 48-year-old Blake has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Douglas, Antonio Sanchez, Michael Brecker and John Scofield. The high-energy album features three rising stars of the French jazz scene – pianist Tony Tixier, double bassist Florent Nisse and drummer Gautier Garrigue – all of whom will join Blake on the road.

Mike Flynn

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LowEnd91 Discogs Mix 80 – Varoslav

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Varoslav is a Parisian DJ and producer of Czech origin, and owner of the Rue de Plaisance label. He has been now been a part of the electronic music scene for more than 20 years. As a DJ, this tireless record digger guides the dance regularly for thousands of electronic music lovers worldwide. Many of them have moved their bodies under his direction in Berlin (Cocoon, Panorama Bar, Watergate, Weekend), Ibiza (Space), Lisboa (Lux), London (Fabric, Half-Baked), New York (ReSolute), Roma (Goa), Montreux (Montreux Jazz Festival) and for sure, in Paris (Rex Club, Concrete, and many more).

His 2008 EP Inside Ways pushed Varoslav as a producer to the forefront of the electronic music scene. Then, in 2011, he launched his own label: Rue de Plaisance (R2P for friends), which is the name of street where he grew up and where he still has his music studio. The label was the perfect opportunity for him to develop a more personal style. After two solo maxis (2011’s 100 and 2013’s Help!) and four collaboration releases between 2012 and 2017, Varoslav brands Rue de Plaisance with his own unique identity and sensibility.

This mix was made at home on February 1st, 2019 with my two old MK2 Technics + 1 CDJ 850 on an Allen & Heath Xzone 92 mixer. The idea was to make a house music session with vinyl from my collection that I started back in 1999. I’ve been using the CDJ for a couple of upcoming tracks on my label Rue de Plaisance. For the rest, I tried to keep it real and fun for Discogs listeners. Im always trying to find a selection that could be listened to a few years later. I have selected here some old and recent stuff as I like to do in my sets. Thanks for the invite Discogs!

Varoslav Mix Tracklist:

  1. Matthias Puech – Untitled
  2. Subway – Testing
  3. Natural Affair – Talki Walki
  4. SCSI-9 – Try To Forget
  5. XDB – Jupit
  6. Havantepe – Revolt
  7. Holger Flinsch – Kopara
  8. Alex Picone – A Flock Of Hummingbirds
  9. Christian Morgenstern – Untitled
  10. Brian Aneurysm – Inertia
  11. Alec Falconer – Flicker Zone [Upcoming, Rue de Plaisance 28]
  12. Noon(at – First Drops
  13. HDV – Upper Indigo [Upcoming, Rue de Plaisance 29]
  14. Rithma – Coeur D’Alene
  15. HDV – Dusk Duty [Upcoming, Rue de Plaisance 29]

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Acclaimed saxophonist Seamus Blake releases his new album, Guardians of the Heart Machine, on 15 March via UK-imprint Whirlwind Recordings. His ninth album to date, and his first to be released on vinyl, the London-born, Vancouver-raised tenorist will launch the album at Kings Place, London on 8 March as part of a whistle-stop European tour.

Hailed as one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation, the 48-year-old Blake has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Douglas, Antonio Sanchez, Michael Brecker and John Scofield. The high-energy album features three rising stars of the French jazz scene – pianist Tony Tixier, double bassist Florent Nisse and drummer Gautier Garrigue – all of whom will join Blake on the road.

Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.seamusblake.bandcamp.com

 

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