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Thursday, December 29, 2011


Cut nearly two years before the boogaloo craze swept New York City and beyond, this incredible New Orleans instrumental takes a cue from both the NOLA groove with a heaping helping of Latin hot sauce.

J. Gardner is actually drummer Albert Gardner (aka "Gentleman June" Gardner) who spent several years in the early 60's touring with Sam Cooke. Shortly after Cooke's tragic death, Gardner cut this single which was originally released on the local NOLA Hot Line label, and when its fire started spreading it was reissued on the Chicago based Blue Rock label (an offshoot of Smash Records) for national distribution.

Hot stuff indeed, and one that those who love drum breaks will especially dig.

from 1965...


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