It’s Shrove Tuesday and surprise, surprise, we’re having pancakes.
Of course I’m not Catholic nor do I really give two shits, if it means I get pancakes for dinner then I am all in! So while HRH makes with the hot cakes I’m figuring a little “Fat Tuesday” theme music is in order, like the ‘Best of the Dukes of Dixieland‘ album.
Being the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
So, yeah, we listening to some New Orleans inspired Jazz Boner. And with only six tunes for a total running time just under 38 minutes for an entire album, this is one serious “Best of” Dixieland album.
The Dukes blow traditional jazz and Dixieland into the 21st Century, weaving strands of pop, gospel, and country with authentic New Orleans sounds. More than 38 years of tradition stand behind today’s Dukes as they step forward with a sound that is durable and flexible, as jazz is meant to be.
They have worn their New Orleans jazz heritage proudly as globe-trotting jazz ambassadors from the heart of the Big Easy. They are the oldest continuing Dixieland jazz band and have sold out such venues as The Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, to name but a few. Bright and brassy or smooth and dark as cane syrup, the Dukes bring a time-honored authenticity to all of the hits, such as ‘The Saints March‘, ‘Canal Street Blues‘, and a something called the ‘Wolverine Blues‘.
It’s the perfect soundtrack for an otherwise perfect Fat Tuesday evening of makin’ with the ‘cakes.