I can never get enough of Stanton Moore’s drumming. His New Orleans style is so funky and fresh. I always love checking out his albums or when I get the chance to I try to see him live. He is best known for his work with the New Orleans funk group Galactic, but also some great solo work as well. His newest album, With You in Mind, is a great tribute to the New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. All the songs on this album were written by Toussaint and there are many great guest musicians from New Orleans on this album paying tribute to the late Toussaint. The core of the band is the Stanton Moore trio consisting of Moore on drums, James Singleton on bass, and David Torkanowsky on piano. In addition to those three they are joined by Trombone Shorty (trombone, what else?), Nichols Payton (trumpet), Skerik (saxophone), Maceo Parker (saxophone), Cyril Neville (vocals) and many other great New Orleans musicians. The music on With You in Mind ranges from funky classics such as “Life”, “Everything I do Gone be Funky”, and “Here Come the Girls” to more jazzy compositions such as “All These Things”, “Java”, and “With You in Mind”.
Allen Toussaint was a songwriter, musician, and producer from New Orleans who recently passed away in 2015. He wrote many great songs during his time and produced some phenomenal albums including albums by Dr. John and The Meters. The cover of “Life” on With You in Mind is especially great and demonstrates the spirit of this album. This song was originally recorded by Dr. John on his album In the Right Place which was also produced by Allen Toussaint.
This is a great album to listen to if you want to get into Allen Toussaint’s work, New Orleans style jazz, Stanton Moore’s drumming, or just want some good music to listen to.