12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Louisiana flavor had always been part of Rebennack’s music, but his sojourn into the environment of late-‘60s L.A. pushed his songs into sprawling darkness. Dr. John’s Gumbo brought the music back to basics. Solid and sober, the performances here don’t waste any space. With a program of well-loved New Orleans R&B standards, the album performed two functions upon its release. For Rebennack’s audience, it was an introduction to a deeply rooted regional tradition that they might never have otherwise explored. For the Doctor himself, it was a process of self-renewal; he recharged his own music by returning to the fundamental influences of his life. These interpretations reflect his musical ingenuity as well as his love for his city. He is able to reinvent songs by Professor Longhair, Earl King and Huey Smith while simultaneously capturing their essence, a feat that speaks to Rebennack’s own musical ingenuity as well as the fluid nature of the New Orleans musical tradition. A fully articulated musical statement, there isn’t a dispensable track here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Louisiana flavor had always been part of Rebennack’s music, but his sojourn into the environment of late-‘60s L.A. pushed his songs into sprawling darkness. Dr. John’s Gumbo brought the music back to basics. Solid and sober, the performances here don’t waste any space. With a program of well-loved New Orleans R&B standards, the album performed two functions upon its release. For Rebennack’s audience, it was an introduction to a deeply rooted regional tradition that they might never have otherwise explored. For the Doctor himself, it was a process of self-renewal; he recharged his own music by returning to the fundamental influences of his life. These interpretations reflect his musical ingenuity as well as his love for his city. He is able to reinvent songs by Professor Longhair, Earl King and Huey Smith while simultaneously capturing their essence, a feat that speaks to Rebennack’s own musical ingenuity as well as the fluid nature of the New Orleans musical tradition. A fully articulated musical statement, there isn’t a dispensable track here.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Voodoo Child ,

Mighty Fine Gumbo!

I bought Dr. John's Gumb and Gris-gris at the same time. These albums were my introduction to the good Doctor and I have to say I like this one the best it is a little more acessible than the Voodoo ladened Gris-gris which is a good album but a little more bizarre than Gumbo. I had heard him on tons of blues recordings and was interested. After eating at one of my favorite resturants Heaven on Seven and hearing some great New Orleans tunes I decided I needed to get some DR.John. This is an excellent album, it just over flows with New Orleans soul and flavor. Dr. John covers all sorts of classic songs ranging from blues to soul to jazzier tunes. These songs make you feel great. Any fan of Blues, Jazz, R&B and good old fashion Rock N' Roll will dig Dr. John's Gumbo. So fry up some Crawfish tails and let the good times roll.

RayRay998115 ,

Never gets old

Every track is a winner. Will stand the test of time 🤘😎🤘

magoo 22 ,

The Doctor is In!

Dr. John's Gumbo is a musical stroll through New Orleans, and it is delightful. I've liked the Dr. for years, but have overlooked this album until now. Loaded with classic songs like Iko Iko, Mess Around, Junko Partner, etc. My Personal fave is the bassy & bluesy "Those Lonely LonelyNights".Mac keeps his patented voodoo to a bare minimum on this release. This is now my favorite album by Dr. John.

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