Revolution – Dr. John/The Black Keys
The mythical voodoo pianist-conjurer, Dr John Rebennack (previous heard here August 8th) teamed up with The Black Keys and released “Locked Down” this summer. I’d put it on the top of my listening list for 2012.
Dr. John’s New Orleans drawl, funky rhythm, piano, gumbo lyrics, brass bands and horns have been paired with The Black Keys to produce a group of tunes bordering on genius and perhaps one of the best of his career.
West African instrumental music of the 1950s and ’60s recommended by Auerbach was an influence on this record. It’s especially noticeable on “Revolution,” which features a baritone sax pushing a deep, driving melody, an organ solo by Rebennack, and a drum performance by Weissenfeldt.
Definitely one to add to your collection, or a way to start appreciating the stellar talents of these musicians. Enjoy.
“God’s been better to me than I’ve been to myself,” Dr. John sings on the album’s closer, “Gods Sure Good”, and he sounds both repentant and amazed to have made it this far. If you take a look into the history of this incredible guy, you’ll know what he’s talking about!