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by Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-RollersBeau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

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Overview

This retrospective collection draws on material from Beau Jocque's four previous studio recordings for the Rounder label: Beau Jocque Boogie (1993), Pick Up on This! (1994), Gonna Take You Downtown (1996), and Check It Out, Lock It In, Crank It Up! (1998). When Beau Jocque died of a heart attack in 1999, the world of zydeco music lost one of its most exciting talents, a man who took the traditional sounds he had learned at his father's knee and combined them with elements of rock & roll, funk, R&B, and even reggae. Not everything on this collection is spectacular -- his adaptation of the John Lee Hooker classic "Boogie Chillun" is more interesting in theory than in practice (a six-minute-long one-chord blues is just as boring when you play it zydeco style as it is when you play it boogie style), and "Brownskin Woman" is an only partially successful attempt at an original blues-zydeco fusion. But the ska-inflected "Don't Tell Your Mama, Don't Tell Your Papa" is a pure delight, as is the rollicking "She Wants to Sell My Monkey." And "Give Him Cornbread" is a modern classic that will live on for decades. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661217829
catalogNumber: 612178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers   Primary Artist
Beau Jocque   Accordion,Vocals,Accordion (Diatonic)
Chuck Bush   Bass,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Steve "Skeeta" Charlot   Drums,Background Vocals,Rubboard
Russell Dorion   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gabriel Pandy Perrodin   Rhythm Guitar
Wilfred Pierre   Background Vocals,Rubboard
Michael Lockett   Percussion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Ray Johnson   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Jim Bessman   Composer
Scott Billington   Producer
David Farrell   Engineer
Andres Espree   Composer

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