Video Premiere: Allen Toussaint

The NOLA legend live at Joe's Pub in NYC

For fans of New Orleans, or jazz and R&B piano, or singer-songwriter genius, or just great American music, Rounder Records has something special coming out Sept. 24: Allen Toussaint’s Songbook, a CD and CD/DVD set featuring the Crescent City ambassador in a solo setting. The performances were captured at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan in 2009, and the DVD includes a live set plus a 25-minute in-studio interview. As Ashley Kahn’s liner notes point out, Joe’s was essential to the rebirth of Toussaint’s career following his post-Katrina relocation to New York from New Orleans. Songbook isn’t the only big news for Toussaint of late; in July President Obama awarded him a National Medal of Arts.

JazzTimes is proud to premiere this clip of “Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?” from the DVD:



Track listing for the CD/DVD set:

CD:

1. It’s Raining

2. Lipstick Traces

3. Brickyard Blues

4. With You in Mind

5. Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?

6. Sweet Touch of Love

7. Holy Cow

8. Get Out of My Life, Woman

9. Freedom for the Stallion

10. St. James Infirmary

11. Shrimp Po Boy (Dressed)

12. Soul Sister

13. All These Things

14. We Are America/Yes We Can

15. Optimism Blues

16. Old Records Certain Girl Medley: Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working in a Coal Mine

17. New Orleans Thing

18. Crawfish, Everyday

19. No Place Like New York

20. Southern Nights

DVD:

1. It’s Raining

2. Lipstick Traces

3. Brickyard Blues

4. With You in Mind

5. Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?

6. Sweet Touch of Love

7. Holy Cow

8. Get Out of My Life, Woman

9. St. James Infirmary

10. Shrimp Po Boy (Dressed)

11. Soul Sister

12. All These Things

13. We Are America/Yes We Can

14. Old Records

15. Lover of Love

16. Certain Girl Medley: Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working in a Coal Mine

17. New Orleans Thing

18. Crawfish, Everyday

19. No Place Like New York

20. Southern Nights

21. Freedom for the Stallion