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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spend a Night with Dr. John, the Nite Tripper

Posted by on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

(Jazz Alley) Judging from his 2010 Seattle performance, Dr. John will not be exhuming his swampadelic classics from Gris-Gris, Remedies, or The Sun, Moon & Herbs. Maybe this New Orleans musical legend just can't get back into that dank headspace anymore, can't summon that ominous libidinal pressure at this late date. It happens. That being said, Doc's latest album, Locked Down, finds him receiving a filthy, robust boost from a group of younger cats, including the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach—who produced, sang backing vocals, and played guitar on it. The record sounds vital and politically engaged for a 72-year-old magus—the funkiest he's been in decades. Those players won't be joining Mac Rebennack for this four-night stand at Jazz Alley, but trust him to hire a band that'll nail Locked Down's punchy grooves and triumph-over-adversity melodies.


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he played a set from about 9 years ago on Sunday night. Maybe to break in the new band and let the audiance know he is still gonna play the classics? I have mixed feelings about the new band. At first, I thought I had walked onto a SNL skit. "Musical Director" and trombone player looked like Cheri Oteri and the organ player looked like (and acted like) Kenan Thompson. Organ player was great. Silly expressions right where they were needed. Trombone playing was good, but her voice did not match up with Mac's in hormony or keeping up. Her outfit of choice was just silly looking. This wasn't an overaged Goth or heavy metal concert. Lace-up spandex pants are for the very fortunate few. Missed the Lower 911 last night, as did much of the crowd.
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