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A Love Letter to New Orleans

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Mo' Better Blues (feat. Ellis Marsalis)
Artist: Ellis Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield
5:26
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Latin Tinge II
Artist: Los Hombres Calientes
5:56
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Romeo and Juliet (feat. Ellis Marsalis)
Artist: Ellis Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield
2:53
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Old Time Indians Meeting of the Chiefs (feat. Cyril Neville, Donald Harrison, Jr., Big Chief Bo Dollis, Sr.)
Artist: Big Chief Bo Dollis, Sr., Cyril Neville, Donald Harrison, Jr., Los Hombres Calientes
1:48
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James Booker (feat. Carlos Henriquez)
Artist: Carlos Enriquez, Los Hombres Calientes
8:54
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El Negro Parts 1, 2, 3 (feat. Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez)
Artist: Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Los Hombres Calientes
7:15
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Fatimah
5:00
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Lynch Mob - Interlude (feat. Dillard University Choir)
Artist: Dillard University Choir, Irvin Mayfield
1:39
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Blue Dawn (feat. Wynton Marsalis)
Artist: Wynton Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield
8:08
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George Porter (feat. George Porter, Jr.)
Artist: George Porter, Jr., Los Hombres Calientes
3:52
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Super Star (feat. Ellis Marsalis & Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artist: Ellis Marsalis, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Irvin Mayfield
5:06
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Wind Song (feat. Gordon Parks)
Artist: Gordon Parks, Irvin Mayfield
4:58
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I'll Fly Away (feat. Davell Crawford & Cyril Neville)
Artist: Cyril Neville, Davell Crawford, Los Hombres Calientes
2:26
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Mardi Gras Second Line (feat. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, John Boutté)
Artist: John Boutté, Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Los Hombres Calientes
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 71:27

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The body of Crescent City trumpeter Irvin Mayfield’s work might be considered “a love letter to New Orleans,” and this compilation of his Basin Street Records recordings, assembled to accompany a book with each song constituting a chapter (it is available as a stand-alone CD and in a CD/book package), certainly makes that case. Drawing from such albums as Love Songs, Ballads and Standards (a duo collection with Ellis Marsalis), Half Past Autumn Suite, and Strange Fruit, plus Mayfield’s work with the group Los Hombres Calientes, the music ranges from traditional N.O. “Indian” chants and second-line playing to straight-ahead jazz. Mayfield’s different projects make for a range of music that is almost too varied. Strange Fruit, for instance, is a concept album about a 1920s lynching, and music from it sits oddly beside, say, the version of Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett’s “Superstar” from the Ellis Marsalis album. But it all relates to New Orleans somehow, and the album gives a good sense of Mayfield’s recorded accomplishments so far. – William Ruhlmann

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