Allen Toussaint :: On Your Way Down

In continuuing with the sporadic New Orleans posts until Fat Tuesday here is the fourth installment in the series; the music of one Mr. Allen Toussaint. Like many fans I originally became acquainted with Toussaint’s music in the late ’90s through his production work with The Meters, Dr. John and the Nevilles. Upon further investigation it was no surprise Toussaint is super fly funky in his own right. Just listen.

Two of the songs below can be found on Toussaint’s 1972 album, Life, Love And Faith, while “From A Whisper To A Scream” is off of his album of the same name. “Whisper” also happens to be one of my favorite soul songs ever recorded — the lyrics, mood and production make you believe the man’s every word. I saw Toussaint live last July in the French Quarter with Elvis Costello — you can read about that here.

Elsewhere: The class act that is the Home of The Groove blog has been profiling rare Toussaint tracks and covers the past month. Go dig ’em up.

+ James Booker: Live Montreux July 9 1978
+ Professor Longhair :: NOLA Piano Master
+ The Meters: Live-Showboat Lounge 1977

Allen Toussaint :: On Your Way Down
MP3: Allen Toussaint :: Soul Sister
MP3: Allen Toussaint :: From A Whisper To A Scream
Amazon: Allen Toussaint – Life, Love And Faith
Amazon: Allen Toussaint – From A Whisper To A Scream
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Allen Toussaint MP3s.