Dr. John
Dr. John's Gumbo


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Review

by manosg USER (37 Reviews)
July 28th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A trip to Bourbon Street and a dazzling collection of New Orleans blues staples covered successfully by Dr. John.

I’ve never been to New Orleans and I probably never will. Not that I don’t want to but travelling is simply not my thing. Nevertheless, there is something about The Big Easy that always appealed to me. A sense of mysticism combined with great food, bourbon, nice people and voodoo! Not many cities around the world can beat that package, at least in my eyes.

Dr. John is probably the most well known blues artist hailing from New Orleans and for a good reason. His brand of blues combined with pop and jazz elements is very distinctive and to those who want to get into the blues of New Orleans, Dr. John’s Gumbo is an ideal starting point. The main reason is that it consists solely of classic NOLA tunes played by Dr. John and a large variety of musicians. Most of you will probably have listened at least one track from this album at some point of your lives such as “Mess Around” (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, anybody?).

Those of you who are familiar with Dr. John’s music or the New Orleans scene, already know that this type of blues is quite different than the Chicago (BB King), Delta (Robert Johnson) or Texas (Stevie Ray Vaughan) blues. The music of this album is dominated by Dr. John’s playful piano, his characteristic raspy voice, numerous brass instruments (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, etc.) and a strong Caribbean flavor. The music here is mostly up tempo and funky while the quality of the original compositions is unquestioned as they have lasted the test of time. Songs like “Iko Iko”, “Mess Around”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, "Stack-A-Lee" or “Those Lonely Nights” are New Orleans blues staples and are included in various compilations. Therefore, the real question here is how well they are performed by Dr. John and his band. Well, let’s say that if you didn’t know that the album consisted of classic material beforehand you would think that the music was composed by Dr. John himself.

To sum up, if you are not a fan of New Orleans blues you probably won’t like this album much. However, if you’re a fan of the blues in general and wish to know how this sub-genre sounds, there are few albums out there more appropriate than this one. In a nutshell, Dr. John’s Gumbo is an impressive collection of New Orleans blues staples covered brilliantly by an excellent musician and his band.



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manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Full album: http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Dr+John+s+Gumbo/159409

Your comments are appreciated.

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danielcardoso
July 28th 2014


2252 Comments


Great review as usual, pos'd from me.

manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers man.

zakalwe
July 28th 2014


8248 Comments


Cool.
Considering this fella makes an appearance on me favourite album of all time I should check some of his stuff. This certainly seems the place to start.

manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really? Which is your favorite album? This is definitely a good place to start even though the album doesn't include original material.

zakalwe
July 28th 2014


8248 Comments


Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space.
Dr John chips in on the last track Cop Shoot Cop.

manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice, looks interesting. I just added it to my list and I'll check it in the future.

zakalwe
July 28th 2014


8248 Comments


Nice one dude.
It is by no means a balls out rocking riff ride that we both dig, it's something else entirely.

danielcardoso
July 28th 2014


2252 Comments


Cheers bro.

manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@zak
No worries dude. If it brings the feels, it's all that matters. Just read the review of the album and it looks pretty interesting.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
July 28th 2014


16026 Comments


nice review mano

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manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man.

tempest--
July 28th 2014


13607 Comments


only heard Gris Gris by Dr John, but it was really good stuff

manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, Gris Gris is a pretty great album. This one is a bit easier to get into I think. It's a bit more "poppy" but in a good sense.

DrJohn
July 28th 2014


489 Comments


Though I may be accused of nepotism, HARD POS!

Check out a live performance of Iko Iko. If you want to skip the narrative coolness of Dr. John, the tune starts at 1.08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDUAk1dWWiE


manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A Dr. John review wouldn't be complete without DrJohn commenting ;)

Thanks for the pos dude and a great vid indeed. "very traditional songs they're singing, they sing 'em every year when they feel like it", gotta love Dr. John.

DrJohn
July 28th 2014


489 Comments


Yeah! plus I think the interviewer (sounds corny blowing that sax btw) kind of annoys him, so the Doctor provides warning, about stepping over him and stuff...


manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, yeah

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 28th 2014


19787 Comments


nice review man! just realized i haven't read your last couple write-ups so i'll get to them when i have the chance ;)

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manosg
July 28th 2014


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man, appreciate it! Great dig btw.



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