Gris Gris (Remastered) Dr. John

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Album-Release:
1968

HRA-Release:
31.01.2017

Label: Rhino Atlantic, Rhino Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Funk

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  • 1Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya05:37
  • 2Danse Kalinda Ba Doom03:46
  • 3Mama Roux03:00
  • 4Danse Fambeaux04:57
  • 5Croker Courtbullion06:01
  • 6Jump Sturdy02:23
  • 7I Walk On Guilded Splinters07:39
  • Total Runtime33:23

Info for Gris Gris (Remastered)



In the Sixties, New Orleans piano player Mac Rebennack moved to L.A., encountered California psychedelia, rechristened himself Dr. John, the Night Tripper, and made this swamp-funk classic. GRIS-Gris blends New Orleans R&B, voodoo chants and chemical inspiration.

John's career, a one-of-a-kind fusion of new orleans mardi gras r&b & voodoo mysticism. great rasping, bluesy vocals, soulful backup singers & eerie melodies on flute, sax & clarinet, as well as odd middle eastern-like chanting & mandolin runs. it's got the setting of a strange religious ritual, but the mood is far more joyous than solemn. an absolute classic!

Dr. John, vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion
Harold Battiste, bass, clarinet, percussion
Richard 'Didimus' Washington, guitar, mandolin, percussion
Plas Johnson, saxophone
Lonnie Boulden, flute
Steve Mann, guitar, banjo
Ernest McLean, guitar, mandolin
Bob West, bass
Mo Pedido, congas
John Boudreaux, drums
Dave Dixon, backing vocals, percussion
Jessie Hill, backing vocals, percussion
Ronnie Barron, backing vocals, percussion
Joni Jonz, backing vocals
Prince Ella Johnson, backing vocals
Shirley Goodman, backing vocals
Sonny Ray Durden, backing vocals
Tami Lynn, backing vocals

Produced by Harold Battiste

Digitally remastered



Dr. John
The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones' “Exile On Main St.” During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album “Gris-Gris,” which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album “Sun, Moon and Herbs” in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s “In The Right Place,” which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”

In addition to his six Grammy wins (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013), he has received six other Grammy nominations over the years. In 2007 he was nominated for “Sippiana Hericane,” his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. After Hurricane Katrina Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings. In 2007 he was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008 he released “City That Care Forgot,” winning him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His latest album "Locked Down", released in 2012 with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

In 2013 Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. John is currently hard at work completing an album in tribute to Louis Armstrong which is scheduled to be released in July of this year. After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane.

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