The majority of releases by the world music label Putumayo have been various-artist compilations dedicated to highlighting a particular culture through their indigenous music. On this compilation, Putumayo adjusts that format, spotlighting a singular artist: New Orleans' vocalist and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Pulling from his seven previous albums on the Justice and Basin Street labels, Putumayo is hoping to bring Ruffins' classic Crescent City jazz style to a wider audience, with his mix of the joyous nature associated with Louis Armstrong and second line celebrating . The 11 tracks combine traditional fare such as "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Bye and Bye" and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" with contemporary Ruffins' originals: "Kermit's Second Line," "Goodnight," "Do the Fat Tuesday," and "Leshianne." When listening to Kermit Ruffins, it becomes apparent that it doesn't have to be Mardi Gras to enjoy the spirited music of the Big Easy.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell