Blind Boys Of Alabama :: Down In New Orleans


Voor Down In New Orleans togen de in 1939 opgerichte Blind Boys Of Alabama naar New Orleans om daar met plaatselijke muzikanten een baanbrekende mengeling van gospel en funk te produceren. Veel traditionals en wat covers van recentere datum waaronder Curtis Mayfield’s A Prayer. En met illustere gasten als The Preservation Hall Jazz Band en de legendarische Allen Toussaint. Gospelmuziek heeft zelden zo meeslepend geklonken als hier.

For their new album ‘Down In New Orleans’, four-time Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama recorded in New Orleans for the first time in their almost seventy year history. “This particular flavor is new for us,” comments Blind Boys founding member Jimmy Carter. “New Orleans musicians have a different feel to their rhythm. They play with syncopation, a push and pull. We had to make some adjustments to get used to that beat. But it wasn’t hard.”
Those New Orleans musicians supporting The Blind Boys included legendary pianist/producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint, Crescent City icons The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and The Hot 8 Brass Band, one of the city’s most vital young acts. Top-flight New Orleans jazz and soul players made up the backing trio: David Torkanowsky (The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke) on piano, keyboards and Hammond B3 organ, Roland Guerin (The Marsalis Family, Marcus Roberts) on upright and electric bass, and Shannon Powell (Harry Connick, Jr.) on drums.

Free At Last
Make A Better World 
How I Got Over
You Got To Move 
Across The Bridge 
You Better Mind 
Down By The Riverside 
If I Could Help Somebody 
Uncloudy Day 
A Prayer 
I’ve Got A Home / I’ll Fly Away

Blind Boys of Alabama Down in New Orleans BIO
BLIND BOYS recording notes


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