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Happy Talk


Download links and information about Happy Talk by Kermit Ruffins. This album was released in 2010 and it belongs to Jazz, Rock genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 01:02:17 minutes.

Artist: Kermit Ruffins
Release date: 2010
Genre: Jazz, Rock
Tracks: 12
Duration: 01:02:17
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No. Title Length
1. Panama 5:16
2. Hey Look Me Over 3:41
3. Ain't That Good News 3:34
4. La vie en rose 3:54
5. Happy Talk 5:19
6. If I Only Had a Brain 9:07
7. High Hopes 4:25
8. I Got a Treme' Woman 5:44
9. Shine 2:55
10. Sugar 7:46
11. More Today Than Yesterday 3:59
12. New Orleans (My Home Town) 6:37



Trumpeter/vocalist Kermit Ruffins is steeped in the various musical strains of New Orleans. In the early ‘80s he co-founded the Rebirth Brass Band, a group that fused hip-hop, funk, and jazz with the second-line tradition of his hometown. He started recording as a solo artist in the early ‘90s, and was exposed to a wider audience when he played himself on the popular television series, Tremé. On 2010’s Happy Talk, Ruffins leads a big band that brings a rousing energy to the proceedings. Things kick off with the old-timey “Panama,” a track that features several sweet solos, including turns by Ruffins, trombonist Mark Mullins, and clarinetist Dr. Michael White. Cy Coleman’s “Hey Look Me Over,” with a smoothly swinging arrangement by pianist Matt Lemmler, finds Ruffins displaying considerable vocal charm. The Harold Arlen classic, “If I Only Had a Brain,” gets an extended, nine-minute workout. As the band grooves in Latin mode, Ruffin brings a sense of playfulness to the song’s lyrics. The album wraps up with a swaggering, bluesy original, “New Orleans (My Home Town).”