Clifton Chenier – Bogalusa Boogie CD


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Recorded in 1975, this is a prime session by Clifton Chenier with one of the finest line-ups of his Red Hot Louisiana Band. He recorded prolifically, and often revisited some of his favorite songs, sometimes making it unclear just where to begin with the justly hailed King of Zydeco. He worked regularly in every decade from the fifties through the eighties (he died in 1987 in his early sixties). By the seventies he’d successfully expanded his popularity from his Louisiana/Texas home base to the world at large. His five piece band includes his longtime compatriot and brother, Cleveland Chenier, on rub-board, as well as tenor saxophonist John Hart. The former adds spice and exuberance, while the latter adds a sassy counterpoint to Chenier’s accordion. The band’s constant road work served them well, as evidenced by the supple interplay this outfit could wield. The session was well recorded, capturing their joy and power with clarity and warmth. Released in 1993, 13 tracks.

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