Saturday, September 10, 2011
A Record a Week: Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack
MEMORIES OF PROFESSOR LONGHAIR
THE NEARNESS OF YOU
NEW ISLAND MIDNIGHT
Dr. John may be most famous for his funky New Orleans sound, or perhaps for his voodoo-inspired Night Tripper/Gris Gris days. However, the thing that doesn't necessarily shine through those records is his piano playing ability. Boy, can he tickle those ivories.
On this record, he strips down his sound and his moniker (born Malcolm 'Mac' Rebennack) to give you ten great tracks of just him and his piano. Even the vocals are sparse, leaving you to enjoy the true talent at the core of his music.
For those of you who are fans of Dr. John's Night Tripper days, I suggest you check this out as a musical history of the man behind those records.