Allen Toussaint is an American institution. The amazingly talented musician has played a part in the careers of so many musicians. Whether arranging horns for the Band’s legendary concert The Last Waltz or producing Labelle’s classic “Lady Marmalade,” Toussaint has a magical touch. As if that weren’t enough, his songs has been performed by just about everyone — Otis Redding to Warren Zevon, Irma Thomas to the Rolling Stones.
Rounder Records recently released Songbook, a cd and dvd of Toussaint performing solo at Joe’s Pub in NYC. The set is incredible, a musical tour through the songwriter’s catalog, complete with the stories behind some of the songs.
Here’s a taste to whet your appetite.
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