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Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras In Baton Rouge (Rhino)

Don Snowden, Rhino, 1991

AHH, YES, THE virtues of the repertoire.

Admittedly, it's a foreign concept these days, when artists are almost universally expected to write and perform fresh material rather than re-interpret a body of work. The latter approach seems hopelessly outdated and usually for good reason – there's nothing worse than people resting on their laurels and coasting through a career on the coattails of a particular song or sound that hit the mark ages ago.

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