By Greg Haymes Special to the Times Union
Published 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2011
ALBANY -- A sad, mournful blues in the night.
A spirited, high-stepping brass band funeral march.
A joyous Mardi Gras parade strut. A heaven-sent gospel call-and-response.
Music -- in all of its infinite variations -- is the soundtrack to a city, and few cities in the world boast as distinctive a sound as New Orleans. It's not just one particular sound, mind you, but rather all of those sounds blended together, slow-cooked with some bold spices and seasonings, simmering until it all becomes one glorious aural gumbo.
Keyboardist Joe Krown was the musical chef at Red Square in Albany on Tuesday night, and it was one mighty tasty evening. Leaning into his Hammond B3 until it squealed, Krown was the foundation of the band's sound, rugged and sturdy. On stage right, Walter "Wolfman" Washington was seated, his cherry red electric guitar cradled in his lap and his pint glass of Jack and Coke on the stage floor at the ready. In between them, Russell Batiste Jr. sat at his compact drum kit, drumsticks in hand like magic wands.
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