Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lee Dorsey's Getting Down!

Lee Dorsey - Occapella

New Orleans legend Lee Dorsey's dry tenor and Allen Toussaint's great songs made for a fantastic body of work that stretched through the '60s and '70s. Today's selection, released on Spring in a gap between Dorsey's tenures at Amy and Polydor, is a fluffy piece of New Orleans funk that features some excellent a capella singing at the breakdown (too bad it wasn't reprised later in the tune during a subsequent breakdown).

In a time when New Orleans is struggling for its identity and purpose after its devastation, a time when race, class and the politics of both are being hurled about recklessly by people who should really know better, it's good to know that the body of recorded work from the city stands strong and unifies us all.

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