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Ruffins, Kermit / Happy Talk
Album:Happy Talk Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ruffins, Kermit Added:11/2010
Label:Basin Street 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2010-11-13 
KERMIT RUFFINS: Happy Talk
Basin Street, 2010

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ – Gotta love Kermit Ruffins. You always know what you’re gonna get with him: a good-time atmosphere, some peppy trumpet work and a lot of very silly vocals. This disc veers from excellent to awful, with a typically quirky selection of music including some real gems and two of the most annoying show tunes ever written.

Fo’s Picks: 3, 10, 12… maybe 2, 8, 9

1. 5:18 – happy New Orleans strut: some great clarinet, short solos all around
2. 3:41 – big band swings ‘n’ glides, nice little vocal & trumpet solo
3. 3:34 – perky, bluesy Sam Cooke big-band shuffle/stomp
4. 3:53 – Parisian romance, done Louis Armstrong style… slow, kinda campy
5. 5:20 – “South Pacific” tune as second line march… goofy voc but nice solos
6. 9:11 – Latin-jazz flavor for “Wizard of Oz” classic: kind of weird, but it works
7. 4:27 – argh… kids!!! And nobody but Sinatra has ever made this song work
8. 5:43 – fun bounce: an entertaining bit of Tremé fluff with joyous solos
9. 2:58 – speedy big band: rushed vocal and some quick-hit solos
10. 7:47 – really nice stroll through a 1920s standard; warm and just perfect
11. 3:57 – 1960s pop hit with big band… breezy music, really strained vocals
12. 6:38 – bluesy drag, an ode to New Orleans: nice guitar & trumpet solos

[ Fo ] 11/13/10

Track Listing
1.Panama 7.High Hopes
2.Hey Look Me Over 8.I Got A Treme Woman
3.Ain't That Good News 9.Shine
4.La Vie En Rose 10.Sugar
5.Happy Talk 11.More Today Than Yesterday
6.If I Only Had A Brain 12.New Orleans (My Home Town)