The Barbecue Swingers Live

The Barbecue Swingers Live

by Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers


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It is debatable whether this performance really needed to be released. Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is a crowd pleaser who loves to shout out cliches to the audience (which in this case is quite excitable), takes mundane vocals, and plays decent but not particularly memorable trumpet. With his regular band (trombonist Corey Henry who takes an unfortunate rap on "Peep This Groove Out," pianist Emile Vinette, bassist Kevin Morris, and drummer Jerry Anderson) during a night at New Orleans' Tipitina's, Ruffins succeeds in getting the crowd riled up. The main problem is that a lot of the excitement does not translate well to disc. Ruffins performs basic originals, "St. James Infirmary," "Killing Me Softly with His Song, " and a slow and soulful "The Star Spangled Banner," but his crowd pleasing antics get tiring after awhile and the mixture of trad jazz with hip hop is eccentric and sometimes uncomfortable.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/1998
Label: Basin Street Records
UPC: 0652905010129
catalogNumber: 101
Rank: 217665

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers   Primary Artist
Kermit Ruffins   Trumpet,Vocals
Corey Henry   Trombone,Rap
Kevin Morris   Bass
Emile Vinette   Piano
Jerry Anderson   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
Kermit Ruffins   Producer
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
John Sinclair   Liner Notes
John Stafford Smith   Composer
Francis Scott Key   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Chemy   Composer
Tom Thompson   Executive Producer

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