Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch / Warner Music Canada)

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On this newest record, renowned R&B pianist Allain Toussiant shifts into jazz mode, covering off songs from greats such as Duke Ellington (Daydream and Solitude), Theolonius Monk (Bright Mississippi) and Django Reinhardt (Blue Drag). This 12 track record is virtually instrumental, save for the bluesy Long Long Journey where Toussaint takes lead vocals. As far as jazz records go, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than this. Toussaint compiles a nice mix of the upbeat and the more relaxed standards that might betray what you’d expect to hear on a jazz record made by a 71-year-old musician.

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