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OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Award winner for Best Traditional Jazz Album!
“Ruffins and his funk-meets-trad jazz band play with such a relaxed, live jamming style, and the musicianship is so fine, that the listener almost expects to hear applause after the bandleader or his stellar piano/keys play Yoshitaka “Z2″ Tsuji takes a solo.” -Barbara Schultz, Electronic Musician
Beloved New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist, Kermit Ruffins, returns proclaiming his love and pride for his hometown with #imsoneworleans out April 21, 2015 via Basin Street Records. Good times and a carefree attitude permeate this collection of originals and covers that features The Barbecue Swingers, Kermit’s regular gigging band, for the first time in over a decade.
The album pulls from various styles including New Orleans classics like “Jock-a-Mo (Iko Iko)” and “Tipitina,” vintage Kermit Ruffins originals from his time with Rebirth Brass Band like the Caribbean-tinged “Mexican Special,” and a two-part title-track, an homage to the city he loves so dearly replete with dedications to music legends and anecdotes about his life growing up in the Big Easy.
In addition to expressing his love of New Orleans, Kermit also wanted to showcase two special guest vocalists–Nayo Jones, a regular featured guest at Kermit’s live shows, belts her way through Etta James’ “At Last,” and introducing Kaylin Orleans Ruffins, Kermit’s youngest daughter, in a heartfelt duet with her dad on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Whether you’re tweeting it, posting it, recording a Vine, instagramming it, or just telling your Grandma on the phone—get the word out! Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers keep it swingin’ and 100% authentic with #imsoneworleans.
Produced and Mixed by Tracey Freeman
Executive Producer: Mark Samuels
Recorded by Mike Dorsey
Recorded at Music Shed Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Vlado Meller
Assistant Engineer: Jeremy Lubsey
Design and Production Coordination: Diana Thornton, Crescent Music Services
Cover Photo: Jennifer Sandquist
Trumpet: Harrelson Satchmo Trumpet