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macedonia on 11/28/2009 at 10:42PM

Give Thanks For New Orleans (by way of Raphael Saadiq)...

Raphael Saadiq at Sugarhill, 2008. Photo by Dom Brady.

When I fired up my computer yesterday and made my way over to the Free Music Archive, I almost fell off my chair upon seeing a tune by the one and only Raphael Saadiq amongst the new arrivals.  Singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl, he has been a torchbearer for quality soul and R&B since the mid-1990s.  His 2008 album The Way I See It has garnered loads of critical acclaim for its immersion in classic soul production and composition.

"Big Easy" is a selection from that album, written for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Like New Orleans itself, it's a bittersweet mixture of instrumental joy and lyrical sadness, heightened several times over in this version captured live in Seattle.  Serious thanks and gratitude to the good people at KEXP for sharing this gem with us.  Allow Brother Saadiq and company a few minutes to take you to Bourbon Street...

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