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Dr. John: Voodoo Child Returns

Dr. John
Dr. John (photo: Alan Nahigian)

Dr. John hit the stage raring to go, showing off some fancy footwork before he joined the band playing the New Orleans classic “Iko, Iko” and his monster hit “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Before his hometown crowd, Mac Rebennack was in obvious high spirits despite some recent hard traveling with the B.B. King Blues Festival. The tour, which he describes as having been “routed by the Marquis deSade,” is in support of his new album Anutha Zone.

Anutha Zone marks Rebennack’s return to the voodoo swamps from which his Dr. John persona emerged some three decades ago on his album Gris Gris. Voodoo images rise when Dr. John huskily chants “Sign of the dragon, son of the snake” on “Ki Ya Gris,” a song reminiscent of his now-classic “Gilded Splinters.” And the Nighttripper makes a point to reintroduce himself on the disc, singing, “They call me John Gris, Gris John…” over a jungle of percussion and moaning horns.

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