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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cousin Joe - Relaxin' In New Orleans


''Relaxin' in New Orleans'' (Great Southern Records) is Cousin Joe's first new album in more than a decade, and it is a lovely session - just piano and voice, thick with the heady Creole atmosphere of New Orleans. The songs, blues with a ballad or two thrown in, are mostly originals, and while Cousin Joe is more jazz-oriented than better-known New Orleans pianists like Professor Longhair, his playing has that unmistakable Crescent City lilt throughout. (New York Times)

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1 comment:

Alan Balfour said...

Sadly this 1985 LP was his last recording.

For some years previous Harriet Ottenheimer had been collaborating with Joe on a book about his life and times. This was published two years before his death - Cousin Joe: Blues From New Orleans (Chicago UP, 1987).

It also contains a superb Sessionography commencing in July 1945.