Tag Archives: Basin Street Records

Rebirth Brass Band, Move Your Body (Basin Street Records)

Can a band be sophisticated and funky? The Rebirth Brass Band says, “Yes it can!” on its new release, Move Your Body. Actually, the ensemble has been preaching that point for some time and perhaps never more so than on its Grammy-winning 2011 effort, Rebirth of New Orleans, and this follow-up album. Both albums were [...]

Kermit Parties CD-Release Style at Tips

Local jazz veteran Kermit Ruffins knows a thing or two about partying New Orleans-style and this Saturday, June 8, Basin Street Records, Ruffin’s label, will hold an album release party for the new CD, We Partyin’ Traditional Style! at Tipitina’s. OffBeat gave readers a preview with a first listen just a few weeks ago of [...]

First Listen: Exclusive Preview of Kermit Ruffins, “Over the Waves”

All aboard… The release of New Orleans trumpet king Kermit Ruffins‘ latest album We Partying Traditional Style is right around the corner, and while the album isn’t slated to hit the shelves officially until next Tuesday (May 28), OffBeat’s setting it off with an exclusive streaming listen of the full track, “Over the Waves.” Since [...]

Davell Crawford: My Gift To You (Basin Street)

Buy on Amazon Davell Crawford often gets called the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” but that usually isn’t meant in the Purple Rain sense. But it’s hard to think of a better parallel on Crawford’s first studio album in more than a decade: Few other artists this side of Prince are more eclectic, more erratically [...]

Kermit Ruffins: We Partying Traditional Style (Basin Street)

It may have been the Beatles whose experimentation from album to album raised the expectation that recording musicians always had to do something different or unexpected with each new project. This idea has led to many more bad records than good. Kermit Ruffins doesn’t buy this. When a Ruffins record get cued up, listeners know [...]

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, In a World of Mallets (Basin Street Records)

On a drum kit, the youngest Marsalis often goes several directions (meters) (not Meters) at once. On vibraphone, as he demonstrates here, it’s more a matter of smoothing up many segments into a continuous whole. Over the course of the disc he’ll invoke bells, chimes, the signature tunes of cozy wall clocks grown familiar from [...]

Streamlines: Basin Street Records, Never Records, Soundclash Podcasts

Now Streaming on OffBeat’s Look-Ka Py Py Podcast… BASIN STREET RECORDS, SWINGING STRONG Label founder Mark Samuels’ part-time hobby-turned-full-time endeavor swings steadfast, keeping time in an industry asunder, a true testament to the enduring—and evolving—nature of New Orleans music. Samuels tells of Basin Street’s plans to let loose for its 15th anniversary. NEVER RECORDS: HERE [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 9): Basin Street Records, Swinging Strong

November 14, 1997 is one of the most important dates in the recent history of New Orleans music. That night, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers played to a packed Tipitina’s — a performance that yielded the following year’s The Barbecue Swingers Live album. That release marked local label Basin Street Records‘ first foray into [...]

Basin Street Records celebrates 15 years in the land of dreams

Today, Oct. 22, marks the 15th anniversary of New Orleans-based Basin Street records. Mark Samuels has kept the label going through a series of challenges ranging from the destruction of the company’s office in the 2005 flood to the death of brick-and-mortar record stores. Through creative marketing and his own hard work, Samuels has developed [...]

Dr. Michael White, Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2 (Basin Street Records)

Part Two of Dr. White’s exhilarating and euphoric musical adventures, which have been not so much “in” New Orleans jazz as “with” it, display a distinctly domestic character, particularly in contrast to Part One, which proposed a decidedly international itinerary. Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 opened with the rounded tones of the balafon [...]