Milton Batiste

Embraceable Melodies

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New Orleans trumpeter Milton Batiste joins up with his old friend Alton Carson on this CD of jazz favorites. Batiste, who passed away in 2001, was a veteran of many styles and genres, from traditional jazz to the street music of the Mardi Gras Indians. This album is one of several that the New Orleans entertainer produced on his own record label, Dubat Productions. At the end of his life, Batiste was enjoying complete artistic control over his music, playing and producing as he saw fit. Batiste and Carson go way back together. They were both members of the Magnificent Seventh's Brass Band, a popular mainstay on Bourbon Street for many years. The large group of musicians produced exuberant recordings such as Best of Bourbon Street Blues. This album finds just Carson and Batiste getting together, with Batiste's trumpet and fl├╝gelhorn accompanying the warm and bluesy voice of the biggest man on Bourbon Street, Carson. His size is outweighed only by his personality, which shines through on song after song, masterfully accompanied by the unerring musicianship of Batiste. Together, they go through a litany of standards, from the title cut to "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" to "When It's Sleepy Time Down South." The record is warm and sunny, like the culture from which the record sprang and the men who perform it.