Not only that, he had two bongos between his legs, and on a stand next to him two dombekis — a battery of nine percussion instruments. He played Haitian finger-style rhythm, and African-style, and mixed that up with his own Cuban jazz.
I was lucky as hell to have him join my first Dr. John band. There are so many wonderful musical passages on the album, played by musicians who do not get sufficient credit for their work on this album. Steve Mann, an excellent guitar player who played with many San Francisco s artists such as Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, plays guitar and banjo on the record.
You can hear that banjo on Jump Sturdy. In , the same year that Gris-Gris was recorded, Steve Mann taped a live performance at the Ash Grove club in LA and shortly after retired following a nervous breakdown.
The recording was released years later, lamentably a forgotten album that showcases his finger picking talent, as in Pallet On The Floor. Plas Johnson played saxophone on the album. He was part of the Wrecking Crew and one of the most active studio musicians in LA in the early s, recording with artists of all sides of the music spectrum.
On Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya Plas Johnson is playing a saxophone fed through a condor box effect pedal, resulting in a sound between a guitar and an oboe. Seven minutes of laid back groove that became one of Dr. Coco Robicheaux, a New Orleans musician who played with Mac Rebennack in the early 60s, is mentioned in the song. He later said that based on voodoo lore, guilded splinters are the points of a planet that appear mystically like fire that holds still.
A much superior cover from is by the excellent Humble Pie with Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton, featured in their live performances as a blues-rock jam. Ahmet Ertegun found out about the album only after the recording was complete.
The strange sounds he heard did not sit well with him. How can we market this boogaloo crap? The man had an ear and passion for music, and he agreed to release the album. We were lucky with it, because all those love-ins and be-ins and freak-ins were happening at the same time. I got Chicken Man and some other guys that did a real voodoo show. That was too much for some people, so I toned it down when I began promoting the record.
It was enough to secure Mac Rebennack four more album recordings with Atlantic. His music changed and took a different direction over the years, but the gris-gris psychedelic vibe of his debut album still remains the most enduring for me in his rich catalog.
Categories: Album. Tagged as: 60s , psychedelia. Great write up! I first found this record in the mids and have loved it ever since. Thank you, and you are correct. Lyrics are now fixed in the article. Thanks again. Excellent article. This is the album that exposed me to New Orleans in and set in process my move to the city 43 years later. Thank you and nice to hear that all the voodoo creepiness in the album did not deter you from moving to the city. Me too. After years producing and managing The Persuasions I moved here 2 years ago.
Dr John has always been a mileage marker for me. It was Duane Allman who brought me to Dr. Those Dr. John: Gris-Gris". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN X. The Book of Seth.
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Birds fly right by your ears and it does seem at point as though the entire swamp seems to erupt in response. Is it sweating in a waking dream trance, half asleep following the trail of shadows Its mystery will always disappear with the dawn, returning only after nightfall but the spirit of the spell will remain unbroken forever. If so, strange addition there. John's distinct style.
No dark vibes in sightt on this one, but the vocal melody being so good makes up for that. Overall, I only take away one point because despite how cool this music sounds, it doesn't always translate into being listenable. Still, it's awesome. John has entered the building! See all reviews. Deals related to this item See all deals. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. Let Us Help You.
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