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Classic Album Review: Dr. John | Creole Moon

The Night Tripper gets back to the right place & the right time on his umpteenth disc.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


On his previous CD, piano man Mac (Dr. John) Rebennack tackled the music of Duke Ellington. Before that he teamed up with a who’s who of Brit-rockers from Paul Weller to Primal Scream and Portishead. On Creole Moon, his thirtysomethingth album, the Night Tripper finally gets back to the familiar turf of his funky N’Awlins roots.

These 14 tracks (many co-written with the late, great Doc Pomus) are the musical equivalent of a giant bowl of crawfish gumbo, brimming with snappy second-line drumbeats, booty-shaking basslines, a party-hearty vibe and — of course — the doc’s fleet-fingered piano stylings, groovalicious Hammond B-3 prestidigitation and growling Cajun ragin.’ To put it another way: Right place, right time.