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New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell Vol 1 & 2

by Pazfest

A stunning live recording of 22 Joni Mitchell songs performed by many of New Orleans' finest musicians and vocalists; not to be missed by any Joni fan.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Think I Understand-John Parker
4:09 album only
2. Both Sides Now-John Parker
4:41 album only
3. Sex Kills-Leslie Smith & Michael Pellera
4:20 album only
4. Song To A Seagull-Besty McGovern
4:01 album only
5. Blue Boy-Jack Neilson
2:56 album only
6. The Last Time I Saw Richard-Susan Cowsill & Robert Mache
3:58 album only
7. Chelsea Morning-Susan Cowsill & Robert Mache
3:01 album only
8. For Free-Candace Cox & Robert Mache
3:53 album only
9. Ladies of the Canyon-Beth Patterson
3:27 album only
10. The Priest-Danzig and Wooley
4:56 album only
11. Trouble Child-Danzig and Wooley
4:15 album only
12. Night Ride Home-Vic Saul
3:47 album only
13. Big Yellow Taxi-John Rankin
2:25 album only
14. You Turn Me On (I'm A Radio)-Kim Carson w/Bud Tower
3:16 album only
15. Woodstock-Kim Prevost & Bill Solley
4:43 album only
16. Both Sides Now-Kim Prevost & Bill Solley
4:47 album only
17. Blue Motel Room-Denise Marie Band
4:14 album only
18. Furry Sings The Blues-Denise Marie Band
4:39 album only
19. Amelia-Michael Paz & Friends
6:07 album only
20. Beth's Solo-Beth Patterson
1:45 album only
21. Hejira-Michael Paz & Friends
11:12 album only
22. Help Me-Brian Stoltz
6:29 album only
23. Black Crow-The Bryan Thomas Band
5:46 album only
24. Little Green-The Bryan Thomas Band
5:34 album only
25. All I Want-The Bryan Thomas Band
4:26 album only


Album Notes


New Orleans, LA

The Ruth Paz Foundation today announced the release of the live recording of PazFest, A New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell, Volumes One and Two.

The new two-CD compilation, recorded at the Howlin' Wolf on Sunday, May 28, 2000, features unforgettable performances by New Orleans artists John Parker; Leslie Smith; Betsy McGovern; Jack Neilson; Susan Cowsill; Robert Mache; Candace Cox; Beth Patterson; Danzig and Wooley; Vic Saul; John Rankin; Kim Carson; Bud Tower; Kim Prevost and Bill Solley; The Denise Marie Band; Michael Paz and Friends, featuring Brian Stoltz, Sam Price and Kevin Aucoin; plus special New York guests, the Bryan Thomas Band.

PazFest was an extraordinary night of music that drew more than 400 people to New Orleans -- some from as far away as the Netherlands and France -- through the Web site. The entire concert was tracked by WWOZ, then mixed and mastered by Festival Recording Studios. The result is 22 Joni Mitchell songs performed by many of New Orleans' finest musicians and vocalists. Since a total of 250 minutes of music was recorded that evening, another volume of jazz arrangements is slated to follow the release of this initial two-CD set.

The event and album were produced by Michael Paz to raise money for a much-needed Ruth Paz Foundation project -- the building of a Burn Center in Central America that will treat victims of severe burns. The foundation has been caring for burn patients, as well as people with a variety of other
ailments, for more than 30 years. The Burn Treatment Centers in the US have always advocated the need for pretreatment facilities in Central America, and when this Burn Center is completed, it will mark the first time such treatment will be available in the area. The Burn Center has already broken ground, but there is still a great need for further funding to complete the project and begin its operations.

The Ruth Paz Foundation has been operating a free clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, since 1996. Patients, most of whom are children, can see the Foundation's medical doctor, dentist, or orthodontist all in one location, and they can also receive free medications, such as antibiotics, cold and flu medicines, etc. People come from all over Honduras to get medical attention there. The clinic also provides medical attention to three different orphanages, including a pediatric AIDS facility that treats more than 300
children, plus walk-ups. The foundation pays no salaries to its officers, or any other expenses other than the direct costs of the operation of the clinic, and for expenses incurred while transporting children to the US for treatment.

The clinic was built by the International Hospital for Children of New Orleans, through a very generous contribution by actor Dennis Quaid. While filming in the New Orleans area a few years ago, Mr. Quaid became friends with Dr. Mayer Heiman. Subsequently, Mr. Quaid befriended the Paz family, and has very generously donated his time and efforts to the poor children of Honduras ever since.

To learn more about the Ruth Paz Foundation, visit

CD Review
From: Where Y'at Magazine, New Orleans, La. December 2002
By: Michael Dominici

Various Artists
New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf

Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is unquestionably one of the most adored figures of the last four decades. A true eclectic with exquisite taste. Mitchell's approach incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and folk into a unique style that gives her intricate imagery a poignant touch. As a testament to Mitchell's enduring impact on musicians of all stripes, musician Michael Paz staged a tribute at The Howlin' Wolf on May 28, 2000 gathering over two dozen performers to benefit The Ruth Paz Foundation. Clinica Medica Ruth Paz-located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras-is a free clinic providing medical and dental treatment to poor families in that region. Proceeds from this recording will go towards the clinic, which is currently building a burn unit as well.

The live recording captures the magical atmosphere that night. The twenty-five selections here present a cross section of local musicians interpreting compositions from Mitchell's vast songbook.

There's much to like here. All the musicians involved invest everything they have into the material, so the quality of the performances is very high. Of the many highlights, my favorites include Kim Prevost and Bill Solley's soulful takes on "Both Sides Now" and "Woodstock". Denise Marie's interpretation of "Blue Motel Room" and "Furry Sings The Blues" really get it. Marie's voice has the sultry sweetness of Rickie Lee Jones combined with a touch of Janis Joplin's raspiness (but with far more polish and taste). Then there's Susan Cowsill whose amazing voice emphatically reaffirms that music is undoubtedly one of the strongest and purest forms of artistic expression. Words like sincerity, feeling, beauty and clarity only hint at the marvelous quality of her voice-utterly human and ethereal, wow. Cowsill interprets "The Last Time I Saw Richard" and "Chelsea Morning" (prepare to be blown away and deeply moved). Candace Cox's approach on "For Free" rekindles the cool, controlled emotion that gives Mitchell's music such mesmerizing character. I've only begun to scratch the surface here. There's much more by Kim Carson, Brain Stoltz, Beth Patterson, John Parker, Michael Paz, Leslie Smith, Brian Thomas, John Rankin, Vic Saul, Danzig and Wooley, Jack Neilson, and Betsy McGovern. New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at The Howlin' Wolf offers the best of all possible worlds.
-Michael Dominici

More Reviews:

"Pazfest proves the timelessness and depth of the artistry of Joni Mitchell as these Crescent city standouts reinterpret her work and present it in a new & powerful way....a MUST HAVE for Joni fans!"

Bob Muller, world's leading expert on Joni covers ;~)

It is beautiful and awe inspiring to hear a great composers songs transformed by musicians who simply love music and Ms. Mitchell. The perfect antidote for those who feel that popular music has lost its joy and innocence.
David Sapp-JMDL

The first CD starts out with John Parker's take on "I think I understand" (you can't go wrong with that, in my book anyway, but add to it a voice like John Parker's, and maybe you will understand!) followed by his version of "Both Sides Now." You may have heard BSN sung by a multitude of different voices from the sublime to the ridiculous, but I can guarantee you'll be singing along with John and having a good time while you're at it.
Catherine McKay-JMDL



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Betty D

Great variety of wonderful singers and talented musicians performing Joni's songs; some familiar but many new to me.

Jennifer Rooney

I bought this cd just for Susan Cowsill's rendition of Chelsea Morning, which is the best version I have ever heard. I then fell in love with the rest of the cd.