This excellent single-CD anthology celebrates the short-lived but important Ric and Ron Records, whose early 1960s releases captured the bubbling stew of street blues, jazz, and soul that would coalesce into the commercial pop sounds that identify New Orleans' diverse yet distinct music today.
Gay carnival culture in New Orleans offers an interesting parallel to African American culture. This and other observations are offered in Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.
On the trombonist's latest effort, he teams with Raphael Saadiq to bring the funk, soul and rhythm back to his signature blend of New Orleans-bred music. The result is one of his most well-rounded albums ever.