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NEW ORLEANS & LOUISIANA, FIVE YEARS AFTER

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NEW ORLEANS & LOUISIANA, FIVE YEARS AFTER

In the aftermath of the Katrina disaster, benefit albums appeared (the most notable was Our New Orleans, which has raised over a million dollars for New Orleans Habitat for Humanity), as well as thematic albums (Terence Blanchard’s powerful A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) was a standout). P&P still has a Katrina display, with those two titles, as well as newer albums with New Orleans and Louisiana connections. Here are two new titles:

The Marsalis Family, MUSIC REDEEMS (Marsalis Music, $) – The entire Marsalis family (father Ellis, sons Branford, Wynton, Jason, Delfeayo, Jason), plus Harry Connick, Jr., get together to benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, an education center and heart of the New Orleans Musicians’ Village community, conceived in 2005 by Branford and Harry in partnership with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. A highlight is a version of “Donna Lee,” featuring a sizzling duel between virtuoso whistler Jason and Wynton on muted trumpet.

Note: Wynton Marsalis will lead classical pianist Cecile Licad, and a 10-piece all-star jazz ensemble in original music for Louis, a new (silent) film about the early days of Louis Armstrong, Saturday, August 28, at Strathmore Music Center.

Beausoleil, LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER (Great American Music Company, $12.98) – The Cajun way of life centered on the waters of Louisiana took a hard hit as a result of the Gulf oil spill. Fiddler Michael Doucet has been keeping the Cajun traditions alive, and inventively expanding on them for over thirty years leading his band, Beausoleil. He studied with the great fiddlers Dewey Balfa, Dennis McGee, among others, and is continuing to pay tribute to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco masters. Beausoleil’s latest is a career retrospective, recorded live in Baton Rouge, and is one of their best – fiddles, accordion, triangles, percussion lay down the two-steps and waltzes with authority.

IAN NAGOSKI IN THE POST

There was a great article in last Sunday’s Post Magazine on Ian Nagoski -- vintage record collector; compiler; ethnomusicologist – and his rescue of vintage sounds from around the world ( with sound clips, here, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/13/AR2010081305087.html ). Listen to his wonderful collection from 2007, BLACK MIRROR: REFLECTIONS IN GLOBAL MUSICS, 1918-1955 (Dust to Digital, $15.98).

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András Goldinger

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