Remembering Allen Toussaint

Artists and New Orleans notables bid farewell to a singular artist

  1. On Instagram, producer and drummer Questlove wrote: "This dude wrote some of your favorite music & you just didn't know it ... Humble cat whose work spoke louder than he did."
  2. Man this hit home. Of all the cats that I never had a 1 on 1 convo w/ to pick their brain about their music experiences: this is numero uno. I don't want y'all thinkin' "this is just some old legend that passed away" naw. This dude wrote some of your favorite music & you just didn't know it. He effected SO many genres. That's how you know how potent and effective your art is: when you quietly change the scene w/o proper acknowledgement. If someone had the right to have KWest brag swag it was this man. But his humble quiet disposition wouldn't allow such a thing. His work will now speak for itself. Just take time to peep his work w #LeeDorsey (#GetOutMyLifeWoman #RideYourPony) some of the greatest clever pop tunes crafted. Hip hop heads still salivate over all #TheMeters tunes he produced & shot new energy into the culture once sampling #JamesBrown was becoming stale (#CissyStrut #LookKaPyPy #JustKissedMyBaby #OhCalcutta) then came a slew of artists in the 70s & 80s that took his work & breathed new life into his songs: #YesWeCanCan #LadyMarmalade #WorkingInACoalmine) ---name em! His work was so powerful everyone from #PaulMccartney to #DrJohn to #EricClapton to #TheRollingStones to even #JayZ ("....dear god I wonder can you save me?"....that piano loop? #Toussaint all day) #Amerie's most banging joint? (A Toussaint production sample) at least 12 "Get Out My Life Woman" snares were like starch in hip hop's daily nutritional chart--meaning so there you barely notice it.---I can go on and on. Because his work goes on and on. You'll read better op-eds by professional journalists. Kinda hard to cram all of this hiding from trainer in the gym on iPhone. But i felt the need to write something. When I tag #LegacyGoals I mean it. Humble cat whose work spoke louder than he did. That's what we all need to learn from. Rest In Beats to the powerful #AllenToussaint
    Man this hit home. Of all the cats that I never had a 1 on 1 convo w/ to pick their brain about their music experiences: this is numero uno. I don't want y'all thinkin' "this is just some old legend that passed away" naw. This dude wrote some of your favorite music & you just didn't know it. He effected SO many genres. That's how you know how potent and effective your art is: when you quietly change the scene w/o proper acknowledgement. If someone had the right to have KWest brag swag it was this man. But his humble quiet disposition wouldn't allow such a thing. His work will now speak for itself. Just take time to peep his work w #LeeDorsey (#GetOutMyLifeWoman #RideYourPony) some of the greatest clever pop tunes crafted. Hip hop heads still salivate over all #TheMeters tunes he produced & shot new energy into the culture once sampling #JamesBrown was becoming stale (#CissyStrut #LookKaPyPy #JustKissedMyBaby #OhCalcutta) then came a slew of artists in the 70s & 80s that took his work & breathed new life into his songs: #YesWeCanCan #LadyMarmalade #WorkingInACoalmine) ---name em! His work was so powerful everyone from #PaulMccartney to #DrJohn to #EricClapton to #TheRollingStones to even #JayZ ("....dear god I wonder can you save me?"....that piano loop? #Toussaint all day) #Amerie's most banging joint? (A Toussaint production sample) at least 12 "Get Out My Life Woman" snares were like starch in hip hop's daily nutritional chart--meaning so there you barely notice it.---I can go on and on. Because his work goes on and on. You'll read better op-eds by professional journalists. Kinda hard to cram all of this hiding from trainer in the gym on iPhone. But i felt the need to write something. When I tag #LegacyGoals I mean it. Humble cat whose work spoke louder than he did. That's what we all need to learn from. Rest In Beats to the powerful #AllenToussaint
  3. Artists from across many genres are paying tribute. Toussaint was a giant among his fellow musicians, from those who covered his songs, like The Rolling Stones ...
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  5. ... to The Band, who invited him to do the horn arrangements on their album "Rock of Ages."
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  7. Artists from across the musical spectrum have been touched by Toussaint's musicianship -- those whom he mentored and worked with directly and those who simply admired and were inspired by his talent. They crisscross all kinds of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, soul, folk and beyond.
  8. Some of them include jazz artists like trumpeters Christian Scott and Nicholas Payton, who both played with Toussaint, as well as composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue.
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  11. Hip-hop producer and keyboard player Salaam Remi reflectedly fondly on his time with Toussaint.
  12. Had The Honor Of Working with The Great Allen Toussaint a few years ago in New Orleans. Humbled by his presence and forever influenced by his work. Remember spending so many years looking for anything that had his name attached to it. Using 90 versions of "Get Out My Life Woman" @officialbizmarkie sitting in my crib chopping up his whole catalog from Louie onward. Forever Respect and Rest in Power!!! #allentoussaint
    Had The Honor Of Working with The Great Allen Toussaint a few years ago in New Orleans. Humbled by his presence and forever influenced by his work. Remember spending so many years looking for anything that had his name attached to it. Using 90 versions of "Get Out My Life Woman" @officialbizmarkie sitting in my crib chopping up his whole catalog from Louie onward. Forever Respect and Rest in Power!!! #allentoussaint
  13. Other New Orleans artists, including accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco, were stunned.
  14. Salutes have also rolled in from musicians like J.D. McPherson, Billy Bragg, King Britt and Eli Paperboy Reed.
  15. Rest in peace, Monsieur. Thank you @jenstanchfield for the signature #AllenToussaint #AmericanTreasure
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  19. Of course, Toussaint had ties to many great New Orleans institutions, like the city's legendary Jazz & Heritage Festival.
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  21. Toussaint was also a touchstone for New Orleans' self-identity, as a tribute from the city's football team makes clear.
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  23. Actor, director and musician Hugh Laurie -- a dedicated aficionado of New Orleans music -- succinctly described the loss.
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