Shee-it…don’t think for a minute the visit to New Orleans was all on a downer tip — come on now, it is New Orleans, Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler. One the of the highlights was seeing the final show of this Summer’s Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint tour in support of their recent collaboration on the album The River In Reverse. The night went down at the House of Blues on Decatur street in the Quarter. A full hot-house digging Costello’s take on Toussaint standards and Toussaint’s arrangement of the Costello canon. Costello’s prolific, and has covered many a genre, but this particularly pairing was right up there with his late Seventies workouts. (Note: I’m not an Elvis die-hard, so this might go against “popular” Costello opinion, I don’t know.)

Backed by Costello’s band The Imposters, highlights from the show included: Toussaints brass & horn charts on Costello’s “(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea,” and Costello’s bluesy rendering of Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down.” The thematic “Ascension Day” is Toussaint’s minor key arrangement of Professor Longhair’s “Tipitina” with lyrics penned by Costello. The tune found itself a home both on the album and toward the end of the live set. Oh, and I, along with the rest of the sweating, swaying masses of course loved “Pump It Up.” I mean, who doesn’t?

MP3: Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint – On Your Way Down
Amazon: Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint – The River in Reverse

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