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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Music from Treme September 10, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

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One of my Television viewing pleasures over the last while has been the HBO series Treme. Behind the show are David Simon and Eric Overmyer, familiar to many here from their work on The Wire. (some of the cast in The Wire are also in this, Wendell Pierce (Bunk) plays a central character Aintoine Baptiste, Clarke Peters (Lester) plays Mardi Gras Indian Chief Albert Lambreaux and Steve Earle has a bigger role than he did in The Wire).

Set in post Katrina New Orleans its a tale of a City trying to recover, of police and political corruption, survival and all over it is the culture of parts of New Orleans.
What makes the series stand out though is the music and the support it has enjoyed from local musicians. Dr John, Steve Earle, Kermit Ruffins and a host of others.
Some of the tracks chosen illustrate some of the unique facets of New Orleans. We have the the Mardi Gras Indians singing Indian Red. The absolutely wonderful Jazz Funeral.

There are soundtrack albums for the first two series and they are well worth a listen.

Rebirth Bass Band

Kermit Ruffins

Jazz Funeral

With all the big names in modern jazz. Irma Thomason vocals, Allen Toussaint on keys, Breeze Cayolle on bari, and Dave Bartholomew on trumpet.

Soul Rebels Brass Band feat. John Mooney – drinka little poison (4 u die)

Blackbird Special

Indian Red


1. Dr.Nightdub - September 10, 2011

Excellent choice, IEL!

As well as the jazz, there’s some cracking R&B in the series – can’t wait for Season 2 to see what this nutjob gets up to next:

And just for comparison, here’s the original:

There’s another 3 CDs worth of similar in a compilation called “Heavy Sauce” which is available for (considering the content) half nothing on Amazon


irishelectionliterature - September 10, 2011

Its funny in that I didn’t like the Steve Zahn character at the start but as the series wore on I actually began to like him. In the middle of watching series 2 at the minute and hes involved musically (I won’t spoil it for you).
I’ve actually gone out and bought some New Orleans Jazz CDs on the back of the show and they’re fantastic.


WorldbyStorm - September 10, 2011

Still working through the Wire but this looks great.


2. alastair - September 12, 2011

Treme is the best telly document of musicians I’ve ever seen – just as a bonus to the music, the place, the cameos, and the exotic local culture/scene. Never been to the place, but it certainly makes New Orleans seem both compelling and utterly flawed at the same time.

Given my experience of Baltimore and how accurate The Wire was about the feel of the corners. I’d say Treme isn’t miles off the reality of the place.


WorldbyStorm - September 12, 2011

Sounds good.


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