Bruce Mattson | Crescent City Swagger

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Crescent City Swagger

by Bruce Mattson

A fresh, upbeat and thoroughly original take on New Orleans R&B. Quirky funk grooves, churchy rave ups, and deeply expressive ballads featuring a variety of instrumental and vocal special guests, including NOLA sax legend Charles Neville.
Genre: Blues: New Orleans Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Westwego Wedding March
3:25 $0.99
2. After the Flood
7:14 $0.99
3. The Peacock Principle
4:18 $0.99
4. Greazy Street
3:52 $0.99
5. Your Uncle's Monkey
5:01 $0.99
6. Wheels Up and Gone
5:02 $0.99
7. Swamp Slunker
4:21 $0.99
8. Rooster Shoes
4:32 $0.99
9. Professor Creole's Original Groove Elixir
5:01 $0.99
10. Wake Up Moses
5:53 $0.99
11. Hymn for Veronica
6:38 $0.99
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Bruce Mattson's Crescent City Swagger is a colorful collection of vocal and instrumental tunes that evoke the playful rhythms and depth of expression that New Orleans R&B is so famous for. Familiar fibers of the Meters, the Neville Brothers (Charles Neville plays on two songs), James Booker, Dr. John, and Randy Newman are woven throughout Mattson's original songwriting.

Instrumental tracks like Westwego Wedding March and The Peacock Principle make strong use of parade-influenced grooves, with bari sax, bone, and sassy tenors out front to tell the story. Rooster Shoes features a Hammond B3 lead with the very cockerelian guitar of Willie J Laws adding an uncanny image of a rooster showing off his brand new two-tone loafers. Greazy Street is another organ lead, with Mattson also tracking guitar and electric piano over a super-funky Purdie shuffle.

Vocal tunes include After the Flood, a moving window into one man's post-Katrina frustrations sung by Willie J Laws and featuring NOLA sax master Dr. Charles Neville. Wake up Moses is a full-tilt pentecostal rave-up. Willie J appeals to Moses to "part those waters and make that levee hold", even as NOLA sax masters Amadee Castenell and Charles Neville play off each other to sweeten the proposition. Wheels Up and Gone is reminiscent of Randy Newman, with a strong ten-fingered piano bed and yet another fun, well crafted story, here told by singer Tony Medeiros whose rootsy guitar work is also peppered throughout the album.

Bruce is a Boston-based jazz/blues pianist and Hammond B3 organist, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, former member of the Gregg Allman Band, composer, producer, band leader and session player.



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