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|Dr Doctor Doc Souchon|
Dr Souchon Recalls Songs of Minstrel Days and Blues - Dr Doctor Souchon
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Noted jazz guitarist/historian Dr. Souchon recorded these unprecedented and important sessions in an attempt to capture some of the never-before-heard sounds from early jazz. Souchon grew up in New Orleans and, as a child... more »
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Noted jazz guitarist/historian Dr. Souchon recorded these unprecedented and important sessions in an attempt to capture some of the never-before-heard sounds from early jazz. Souchon grew up in New Orleans and, as a child, heard legendary musicians who influenced the greats of jazz but never recorded themselves. Here, he recreates the songs of that era! Of all the Night Train New Orleans releases, this is the oldest and most traditional, for Souchon is a legend in New Orleans circles as a repository of ragtime and Dixieland tradition.
This is very cool.. Dr. E. Souchon was an important player.
J. Mercik | Hartford, CT United States | 11/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had read several things (all complimentary) about Dr. Edmund Souchon, but I had only heard him as an accompanist, not as a singer. So this recording represented my only opportunity so far to get to hear him as a solo performer. It's a pretty low-budget production in terms of both recording quality and packaging, so I was ready to be disappointed. Let it be said here that I was pleasantly surprised.
These are clearly tunes from a different era; totally anachronistic. Each cut starts out Dr. Souchon providing some sort of verbal descriptive history of the tune to be played. Sometimes the tunes are solo, sometimes with a clarinet/bass/guitar/drum configuration. The whole thing sounds like it was done in someone's living room... quite informal, and relatively lo-fi.
I could understand why some folks might not be impressed... however, for me this record is charming and informative. Dr. Souchon is a very good finger style guitarist. His voice is strong and laden with classic Crescent City color. I dig the performances... he knew these songs well. In my estimation it is an important picture of a bygone era, and it is a welcome addition to my New Orleans collection.
My only knock on the package is that it provides zero liner notes. All in all, though, I am real glad that this recording has been made available."
Rare Old Songs
John Garst | Athens, GA USA | 05/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Another reviewer thought the title to be misleading, thinking of the early minstrel period as beginning ca 1840 and continuing for about 30 years or so. Of course, the minstrel show lived on well beyond that and was succeeded by vaudeville, medicine shows, etc. The songs performed here by Doc Souchon belong properly to the latter traditions and jazz, perhaps 1890-1910. Doc is a great performer, and his version of the famous murder ballad "Ella Speed" alone is worth the price of the CD, even though some of his facts about this killing are slightly in error (she was not killed in Storyville, which came into existence in 1898 - she was killed in 1894 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which never became part of Storyville)."