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10 March 2004
Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie Everybody's Dancin' (Times Square)
The additional label "100% Louisiana Creole Zydeco" is enough to explain why Everybody's Dancin'. Zydeco in Geno Delafose's hands is the raucous, rocking fun it should be, honoring the spirit of genre progenitors Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis, and his own father, John Delafose. As the frontman on vocals and accordion, Delafose pulls out all the stops here. The rhythms on most selections are exhausting just to listen to, blistering from start to finish. Like "He-Haw Breakdown" -- who could be able to dance to that one all the way through? Although there is that easy soft swing for lilting two-steps on "Allez Voir Ma Tit Fille". Every song has a well-conceived and complex lead-in although the band is not afraid to experiment with new affects like pounding sub-sonic bass as a call to push the tables aside and get out on the floor. While firmly footed in strong tradition, Delafose is keeping zydeco current by throwing the traditional ("Port Arthur Blues") together with contemporary country ("What Do You Want With His Love") and new approaches to old soul influences. Delafose even gives Sam Cooke's "What a Wonderful World" his full zydeco treatment. If you've really been missing the real deal zydeco, you're not alone, and it's wonderful that Geno Delafose was around to pick up the torch.
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