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1533 St. Philip Street ()

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Kermit Ruffins' flamboyant showmanship doesn't let up on his third Basin Street release, named for the street address of Jazz and Blues Hall, the trumpeter's own New Orleans club. On his horn, Ruffins likes to channel Louis Armstrong, but his singing voice is actually far closer to Dizzy Gillespie's. (Check out his unhinged scat chorus on the blues "Keep Walkin'.") His funny, deliberately old-fashioned brand of jazz harks back to the prewar era, when musicians viewed themselves as entertainers rather than unapproachable ...

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  1. Ole Miss Blues
  2. Drop Me off in New Orleans
  3. Tillie
  4. Bye and Bye
  5. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  6. Black and Blue
  7. I Still Get Jealous
  8. Jack, I'm Mellow
  9. Meet Me at the Second Line
  10. Keep Walkin'
  11. In the Bag
  12. Some of These Days
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1533 St. Philip Street
2001, Basin Street Records

UPC: 652905010327

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