Wednesday, 11 November 2015
The extraordinary New Orleans producer-songwriter is no longer with us. But his music will live for as long as people sing.
His words – combining sophisticated social comment and a knowing, earthy wit in the New Orleans tradition – seemed always apt, whether coming from the pugnacious mechanic/boxer Lee Dorsey, whose best work he helmed, or Elvis Costello. He was a modern classic, Cole Porter combined with Leiber & Stoller, with lashings of tumbling funk and soul dripping from his piano keys or oozing out of his fantastic arrangements.
I have played lots of music from New Orleans over the years. This week we remember Allen Toussaint. Every time i see our college band perform i am reminded of the joy that music can bring to people. Allen epitomized the word joy in his music. RIP.