Album of the Day
N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or d'Udda
Mac Rebennack, aka Dr. John, was legendary as the Crescent City's greatest musical ambassador, and N'AWLINZ: DIS DAT OR D'UDDA pays further tribute to his hometown. Released 15 years ago this month, the album is a savory mixture of traditional favorites (“When The Saints Go Marching In,” “St. James Infirmary”) and originals (“Shango Tango,” “I'm Goin' Home”) served up with consummate craftsmanship and lots of love. While the Doctor is joined by some high-profile friends here (Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, B.B. King), the lesser-known names do even more to set the tone - players like Earl Palmer, Dave Bartholomew and Eddie Bo and arranger Wardell Quezergue, all of whom who practically bleed New Orleans. For his part, Mac's vocals and keyboard work are his most inspired in years, making N'AWLINZ: DIS DAT OR D'UDDA a late-career peak and the ideal way to remember the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.