RIP Dr. John/Mac Rebennack

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Don Kasper, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Gold Supporting Member

    He switched to Piano (from guitar) after losing the tip of a finger on his left hand in a gun fight.
    I once had a conversation with a LA studio pianist who was checking out Dr. John's solo piano recordings - not just for the "notes", but for the "feel" - that mix of "in between straight-8th and swung-8th note" feel.
    Check out his Left Hand "time".... I don't think he did any "Duo" recordings with a bassist.
    (His group & vocal work is wonderful, as well - Right Place, Wrong Time, for example.)
    Thanks, Dr. J.
  2. I feel like I got hit in the face with a brick.

    Ages ago when I was a reporter, I got sent to see him at a gig in Kingston, NY at a beautiful old theater. Got paid for it too. Not a bad living, right?

    Me being me, I snuck a few bottles of beer in and set them on the floor before I sat down.

    Me being me, I kicked one of them over halfway through the set. Everybody heard it. Whoops.

    When he was done, I grabbed his road manager and asked for an interview. The manager ran backstage to ask, and came back with a no. Mac was tired.

    I didn’t push.

    Came as close to meeting him as I did Seeger.
  3. RIP - I heard 'Gris-Gris' when I was 16 and was like, *** is this music? But I bought the album and wore it out.
  4. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    New Orleans is crying right now. What a loss.
  5. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Dr. John and Leon Redbone. The world is losing its goodtime big time.
  6. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    The Voodou spirits in Vilokan are partying tonight because they're getting a personal concert courtesy of the Night Tripper.
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