professor longhair Archive

Album Review: Professor Longhair – Fess at Home

This intimate recording absolutely sparkles. You are right there at Tipitina’s in 1973 as Henry Roeland Byrd (Professor Longhair, or “Fess” to those in the know) stretches out for a rollicking performance on the piano, aided and abetted wonderfully by percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts. The good professor’s vocals are somewhat indistinct for the opener “Tipitina,”

Hundred-word Reviews for September 2016, Part 5

My week-long barrage of brief reviews wraps up with these last five. Look for more soon. Professor Longhair – Live in Chicago In 1976, New Orleans legend Professor Longhair played at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. This high-quality recording documents that show, and the acoustic piano is captured wonderfully. The nuances of Longhair’s work

Capsule Reviews: Three More from Real Gone Music

Continuing from yesterday’s collection, here are more quick looks at recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Toomorrow: Original Soundtrack Album Seeing the names Harry Saltzman (of James Bond film fame) and Don Kirshner (of, well, Don Kirshner fame/infamy) emblazoned across the cover of this 1970 curio suggests we’re in for something that might