Various Artists

Let the Good Times Roll: A Film About the Roots of American Music

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This feature-length documentary is a tour de force -- a whirlwind celluloid celebration of New Orleans, its music and musicians, and its incomparable Jazz and Heritage Festival. The film is comprised of compelling live performances, rare archival footage, colorful interviews, and revealing behind-the-scenes vignettes. All of these elements are brilliantly linked together within the historical and cultural framework of Crescent City society. Black & white and color segments are interwoven to create an exciting visual experience while the ears delight to the myriad sounds of blues, R&B, jazz, gospel, roots-rock, folk-rock, Cajun, zydeco, and worldbeat. Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, B.B. King, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, and a pre-teen Harry Connick Jr. are just a few of the more than three-dozen featured performers. Some song segments are brief, some are quite long, but all do justice to the artists. One only has to wonder what was left on the cutting room floor.