Mix 01. “Bye-Bye-Bayou” by Rob Adams
Bye Bye Bayou is a gumbo of funk, soul and boogaloo from the Crescent City and wider Deep South and is the first in a series of mixes commissioned by Soul Food Project.
“The history of New Orleans soul and funk is a mysterious gumbo. It’s indescribably delicious, but getting a handle on all the ingredients is likely to be a chore”.
– Larry Grogan, 2005
1. Alligators – Joseph Boudreaux
2. Hung Up – Salt
3. Big Chief – Professor Longhair
4. Feel Like Funkin’ It Up – Rebirth Brass Band
5. When The Saints… (Saints Half-time Boogaloo) – All Stars
6. Mama Roux – Dr. John
7. From This Day On – Eddie Bo
8. You Got To Have Rythmn – John Ellison
9. Break In The Road -Betty Harris
10. Superjock – Reuben Bell
11. Soupy – Maggie Thrett
12. I’ve Got Reasons – Mary Jane Hooper
13. Gatur Bait – The Gaturs
14. Who’s Gonna Help A Brother Get Further? – Lee Dorsey
15. Three People In Love – Mack Rice
16. Get Out Of My Life Woman – Allen Toussaint
17. Devil In A Man – Stu Gardner
18. Do You Know What It Is [To Miss New Orleans] – Satchmo & Lady Day
19. A Final Walk With Thee – Treme Brass Band
Bayou ‘Bites, digging a little deeper…
“Alligators” – Excerpt taken from Louisiana Story.
The film stars Joseph Boudreaux and Lionel Le Blanc. It was filmed in and around Abbeville, Louisiana, and showcases the distinct Cajun dialect.
“Hung Up” – Salt
Very few people know much about “Hung-Up,” a New Orleans curiosity recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studios. It’s hard to know how many copies were pressed, but unsubstantiated estimates lean towards “a few hundred.” Which explains the reserve price of $3000 at auction.
“Big Chief” – Professor Longhair
Henry Roeland Byrd’s distinctive piano harks back to New Orleans heyday of Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Domino, this tune alongside “Tipitina” are still considered Mardi Gras Classics.
“Feel Like Funkin’ It Up” – Rebirth Brass Band
Rebirth follow in a proud heritage of Brass Bands in Louisiana, where the love of a ‘second line’, shows no sign of abating. They were recently showcased on David Simon’s Treme on HBO.
“When The Saints…[Saints Halftime Boogaloo]” – All Stars
It is obligatory that any consideration of New Orleans music include this Jazz Standard. This is afunked up boogaloo to gee up the New Orleans Saints at half time. A spiritual in essence, it dates back to the 19th Century, originally being used for New Orleans Jazz Funerals.
“Mama Roux” – Dr. John
A living legend in the Crescent City – Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr’s elaborate stage shows border on voodoo religious ceremonies and reflect the strong American Indian tradtion thatpermeates New Orleans still. Go to man in the burgeoning Los Angeles music scene of the 1960s.
“From This Day On” – Eddie Bo
Edwin Joseph Bocage has never received the same amount of praise as some of his peers – unfairlyso. For over 50 years he continually spun out classic Bo- Sound funk and soul – Cajun Funk par excellence
“You’ve Got To Have Rythm” – John Ellison
Hailing from Montgomery, Willie John Ellison produced some of the most urgent soulful funk on the Phi – LA Soul Label. Sampled by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist many a time.
“Break In The Road” – Betty Harris
A snarling, feedback driven humdinger producer by THE New Orleans producer Allen Toussaint. Harris was born in Miami, but signed to the Sansu label, beloved of Northern Soul crowds.
“Superjock” – Reuben Bell
On the Murco label of Shreveport, LA, Reuben Bell made his name with the Southern Soul classic, “It’s Not That Easy”. Check out his work on Silver Fox and House of Orange labels.
“Soupy” – Maggie Thrett
Primarily a TV actress in the lates 60s, appearing on “Star Trek” and “I Dream of Jeannie”, a limited recording career threw up this gem – perhaps best known thanks to De La Soul’s “Jenifa Taught Me”
“I’ve Got Reasons” – Mary Jane Hooper
Stone Cold Classic. Little Known about this track, apart from it was recorded in New Orleans on Power Pac. Despite that fact that Al Scramuzza is listed as producer on the label, this is clearly an Eddie Bo production.
“Gatur Bait” – The Gaturs
A reflective, low slung groove, featuring Willie Tee on an eponymous 1970 ATCO Records release.
“Who’s Gonna Help A Brother Get Further” – Lee Dorsey
A New Orleans native, whilst in Portland on Navy Service he was a prizefighter. He met AllenToussaint in the early 60s, which prefigured a run of hits on the Amy label.
“Three People In Love” – Mack Rice
Sometimes referred to as “Sir” Mack Rice, this is a less well known track he cut. He worked with a host of big names – Albert King, Etta James, Ike & Tina and The Rascals and ended up on Stax Records.
“Get Out Of My Life Woman” – Allen Toussaint
The man himself. A one man New Orleans musical dynamo. Supreme songwriter and producer. He grew up in a Shotgun house, where his mother would feed passing musicians. His discography reads like a who’s who of American Soul Music.
“Devil In A Man” – Stu Gardner
Down and dirty, super-gritty funk from the1974 Stax LP “Sanctified Sound”. He was Bill Cosby’s musical director during the Cosby Show years, having been “discovered” by Cosby whilst on Navy leave.
“Do You Know What It Means [To Miss New Orleans] – Satchmo & Lady Day
Neither Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday need any introduction, taken from the film New Orleans (1947) in which they both star.
“A Final Walk” – Treme Brass Band
A Jazz Funeral standard to finish from the outstanding Treme Brass Band. Treme was the first neighbourhood in America where African Americans were allowed to own land, and is commonly accepted where Jazz was born.