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Stanton Moore: With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint

by Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta on August 30, 2017
R&B legend Allen Toussaint once said,“I never thought of myself as a performer. My comfort zone is behind the scenes.” On With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint, Stanton Moore takes a similar stance, enlisting an arsenal of skilled musicians and singers to honor the late musician/producer/songwriter, whose death rattled the tight-knit New Orleans music scene in 2015. When he’s drumming for Galactic, Moore supplies a musical heartbeat, a swinging rhythm that propels the band forward. He does the same here, laying the groundwork as funk and jazz stars like Trombone Shorty, Cyril Neville and Maceo Parker launch Toussaint’s historic arrangements into the stratosphere. And while Moore mourns the NOLA legend’s passing on soulful tracks like “All These Things,” it’s the lively numbers like “Here Come the Girls” and “Everything I Do Gone Be Funky” that act as his New Orleans jazz funeral, celebrating his legacy and cementing his place in the collective music consciousness. “The Beat” is the album’s true thematic core. With lyrics pulled from Toussaint’s own poetry, it chronicles how soul rhythms punctuate human history and continue to resonate in the present. It’s a poignant idea to consider as Moore, his bandmates (David Torkanowsky on keyboards and James Singleton on bass) and all his guests breathe new life into these arrangements and craft a fitting, lasting tribute to a New Orleans icon.
Authors: Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta
Artist: Stanton Moore
Album: With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint
Label: Cool Green

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