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Wednesday 26th December 2007

The Blind Boys Of Alabama record new album in New Orleans

FOUR TIMES Grammy winners The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recorded in New Orleans for the first time in their almost 70 years' history. The veteran group's new album 'Down In New Orleans' on Proper Records features a bevy of famed New Orleans musicians including pianist and production maestro Allen Toussaint, trad jazz icons The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and top flight jazz and soul musicians such as David Torkanowsky (The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas) on piano, keyboards and Hammond B3 organ, Roland Guerin (The Marsalis Family, Marcus Roberts) on upright and electric bass, and Shannon Powell (Harry Connick Jr) on drums.

Said Blind Boys' founding member Jimmy Carter, "New Orleans musicians have a different feel to their rhythms. They play with syncopation, a push and pull. We had to make some adjustments to get used to that beat. But it wasn't hard." CR

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