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 あまりに唐突という感じで発表されたアラン・トゥーサンの10数年ぶりの来日公演は、エルヴィス・コステロと録音したアルバム、"リヴァー・イン・リヴァース"のプロモーションを目的に急遽決定されたんだとか。この情報を知ったときにはすでにチケットがソールドアウトと、涙をのんだ熱狂的なアラン・トゥーサンのファンも数多くいたようだ。

 逆に、なんとかこのライヴに潜り込めた人たちは、至福の時間を体験することになる。ステージにはピアノが1台。アラン・トゥーサンの弾き語りというシンプルなステージなんだが、歌が染みるのだ。たぐいまれなソングライターであり、彼の作とは知らずに聴いている曲も多いだろう。「ある日、スコットランドからね、フランキー・ミラーという人が来てね...」と、裏話も交えながら、ほのぼのと、淡々とステージは進行していくんだが、[マザー・イン・ロー」という曲ではオーディエンスがコーラスを歌い出したことに大喜びしたり... 本当に彼のことを好きな人たちが短いながらも濃密な時間を過ごしたのがこの夜のライヴだった。

 超名曲「サザン・ナイツ」に聞き惚れて、シャッターを押すことができなくなったり、予想外だったアンコールで「ん?これがいいかな、これにしよう」と歌い出した「What Do You Want The Girl To Do」で涙腺がゆるんでしまったり... これなんぞ、本物のアンコール。客電が上がり、BGMが流れ出てきたというのに、誰ひとりとして会場を後にすることなく、歓声を上げ、拍手を続けていた彼らに心を動かされたのが客席で見ていたアランの奥さん。(だったと思う)彼女がステージを突っ切って楽屋裏に入り、それをアランに伝えることで実現したのがこのアンコール。そして、出てきたのがこの曲だった。筆者にとって最もなじみが深く、惚れ込んでいるのはリトルフィートのローエル・ジョージが録音したソロ・アルバム、"Thanks I'll Eat it Here (サンクス・アイル・イート・イット・ヒア)"の巻頭に入っているヴァージョンなんだが、ボズ・スキャッグスの名盤、"Silk Degrees (シルク・ディグリーズ)"も有名だ。もし、気が向いたらぜひ聴いてもらいたいと思う。

 もちろん、まだアラン・トゥーサンを知らなければ、最初に聴くべきなのは名盤、"サザン・ナイツ"。正直言ってしまえば、"リヴァー・イン・リヴァース"がアランのアルバムだとは思ってはいないんだが、この限定盤DVD付は素晴らしい。DVDの方は、遙かにアラン・トゥーサンが主役であり、これを見て、また彼に惚れ込んでしまうことになるのだ。


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previous works

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"The Allen Toussaint Collection"
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" Deacon John's Jump Blues featuring Allen Toussaint"(Deacon John's Jump Blues featuring Allen Toussaint - Deacon John's Jump Blues: Music from the Film (CD))
"Allen Toussaint's Jazzity Project"(Allen Toussaint's Jazzity Project - Going Places)
"Connected"(US import)
"Life, Love & Faith"(US import / UK import)
"Motion"(US import)
"The Sound of Movies"(US import)
"The Wild Sound Of New Orleans ~The Complete Tousan Sessions~" (US import / UK import)
"A Bit Of New Orleans"(US import)
"A New Orleans Christmas"(US import)
"Mr. New Orleans"(US import)
"20 Golden Love Themes: Movie Themes"(US import)
"The Wild Sound of New Orleans"(US import)
"The Complete Warner Recordings"(US import)
"Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet : 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions for Minit Records 1960 - 1962"(US import)
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button2006

buttonMishka (27th May. @ Yokohama Osanbashi Hall)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (6th May. @ Nagoya Up Set)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (5th May. @ Esaka Muse Hall)
buttonDown Beat Ruler feat. Bagdad Cafe The Trench Town & The Ska Flames with Rico Rodriguez (3rd May. @ Ebis Garden Hall)
buttonSka Cubano (2nd May. @ Roppongi Hills Arena)
buttonJanet Klein (24th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonBanda Bassotti (17th Apr. @ Parco Degli Acquedotti, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (8th Apr. @ Zapata, Genova)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Talco (7th Apr. @ C.S.A. Paciana, Bergamo)
buttonBanda Bassotti (4th Apr. @ Piazza Mercato, Marghera)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Brigada Flores Magon (1st Apr. @ Villagio Globale, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (29th Mar. @ Auditorium Flog, Firenze)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (23rd Mar. @ McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (22nd Mar. @ Yoshi's Bar, Oakland)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (20th Mar. @ Schubas Tavern, Chicago)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (18th Mar. @ Joe's Pub, N.Y.C.)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno with The JK Soul, Takeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier & Umekichi : (17th Mar. @ Capitol Place, Austin, Texas)
buttonJapan Bash Party feat. Keisho Ohno with The JK Soul, Takeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier & Umekichi : (16th Mar. @ SXSW, Austin)
buttonKeisho Ohno with The JK Soul, Umekichi : (16th Mar. @ Cheapo Discs, Austin)
buttonBiuret : (21st Feb. @ Olympic Hall, Seoul)
buttonThee Fifties High Teens & Salome no Kutibiru : (13th Feb. @ Shimokitazawa Club 251)
buttonNaruyoshi Kikuchi & Pearl Brothers : (10th Feb. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonTheatre Brook & Art-School : (8th Feb. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonSorrow & Star Club : (2nd Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonKemuri : (21st Jan. @ Zepp Sapporo)
buttonShinjuku Loft 30th Aniversary - Rock of Ages 2006 - : feat. Kurumi Enomoto, Yakozen, Carmen Maki, Panta(17th Jan. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonShibusa Shirazu : (14th Jan. @ Shibuya O East)

button2005

buttonKemuri : (27th Dec. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonSka Flames : (24th Dec. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonSoul Flower Union : (17th Dec. @ Lquidroom Ebisu)
buttonModern Folk Quartet : (15th Dec. @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonSoul Flower Acoustic Partisan : (6th Dec. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)
buttonKid Carpet : (28th Nov. @ Barfly London)
buttonBanda Bassotti : (25th Nov. @ SO36 Berlin)
buttonKemuri : (22nd Nov. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonWillie McNeil & Sono Lux : (8th Nov. @ King King, Hollywood)
buttonDoberman : (2nd Nov. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonDoves : (30th Oct. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonUmekichi : (29th Oct. @ Asagaya Space Valio)
buttonShibusa Shirazu & Zoobombs : (23rd Oct. @ Ueno Suijo Ongakudo)
buttonShibusa Shirazu : (16th Oct. @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonUmekichi : (14th Oct. @ Aoyama Mandala)
buttonGwang Myeong Music Valley Festival (8th Oct. in Gwang Myeong, Korea) feat. Hata & Ran, Monotype, Starry-Eyed & Murmur's Loom / Cabinet Singalongs / Oh! Brothers / Amature Amplifier / Peppertones / Mongoose / Sogyumo Acacia Band / Kafka / Slow June / Cosmos / Bluedawn / Sweater / 49morphines / Vassline / Lee Jang-Hyuk / My Aunt Mary / Huckleberry Finn / Deli Spice
buttonGwang Myeong Music Valley Festival (7th Oct. in Gwang Myeong, Korea) feat. Snowdrop Sixteen, & Tearliner, Underwear Band, Edao, O So-Young & Bird, Han Dong Jun & Jang Pil Soon, feat. Jo Dong-Jin, Lee Seung-Yeol, Lee Tzsche, Lee Byung-Woo, Hahn Dae-Soo
buttonUmekichi : (4th Oct. @ Saitama Heaven's Rock VJ3)
buttonElectrelane : (2nd Oct. @ Asagiri Jam)
buttonThe String Cheese Incident / Sun Paulo : (1st Oct. @ Asagiri Jam)
buttonTheatre Brook : (30th Sept. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonSoul Flower Union : (28th Sept. @ Nagoya Electric Lady Land)
buttonK' DO, Taeko Onuki : (27th Sept. @ Nagoya Blue Note)
buttonTheatre Brook : (26th Sept. @ Nagoya Quattro)
buttonDouble Famous : (24th Sept. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonKatteni Shiyagare : (23rd Sept. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonTheatre Brook with Tabaccojuice : (19th Sept. @ Sendai Macana)
buttonTheatre Brook : (18th Sept. @ Sendai Macana)
buttonKemuri, : (17th Sept. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonKemuri with Potshot, Rude Bones, and Tijuana Brook, : (16th Sept. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonFantomas with Zu : (5th Sept. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonKemuri with No Hitter : (23rd Aug.. @ Sapporo Bessie Hall)
buttonKemuri with Largenal Nature : (22nd Aug. @ Asahikawa Casino Drive)
buttonLittle Joe Washington with Jungle Hop : (16th June. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonPealout : (11th June. @ Fukuoka Drum Son)
buttonKemuri : (17th May. @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
button寿 [kotobuki] and 桃梨 [momonashi] : (12th May. @ Hatsudai Doors)
buttonDown Beat Rulers : feat people and DJs, Los Rancheros, Little Fats & Swingin' hot shot party, akiko & The Travellers and The Ska Flames: (3rd May. @ Ebisu Garden Hall)
buttonTheatre Brook : (24th Apr. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonSAVE The TOWN & The EARTH! feat. Dachambo, ピンボールドライヴ &Bobin & The Mantra : (22nd Apr. @ Shimokitazawa 251)
buttonSAVE The TOWN & The EARTH! feat. sayokotonara, So So So, Gerhen Oshima, kizu Sisters : (21st Apr. @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonShibusa Shirazu : (17th Apr. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonShibusa Shirazu : (13th Apr. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)
buttonBloodest Saxophone : (10th Apr. @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
buttonKatteni Shiyagare : (10th Apr. @ Kawasaki Club Citta)
buttonMozaik : (9th Apr. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)
buttonMozaik with with Hiroshi Yamaguchi & Akiko Hamada, Soul Flower Mononoke Summit : (8th Apr. @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonMozaik : (3rd Apr. @ Kyoto Takutaku)
buttonShibusa Shirazu : (1st Apr. @ Shinjuku Pit Inn)
buttonStreet Beat Festival '05 feat. Banda Bassotti, Bombshell Rocks, and The Slackers : (19th Mar. @ Villagio Globale in Rome)
buttonStreet Beat Festival '05 feat. Banda Bassotti, Bombshell Rocks, and The Slackers : (18th Mar. @ Babylonia in Ponderano)
buttonStreet Beat Festival '05 feat. Banda Bassotti, Bombshell Rocks, and The Slackers : (17th Mar. @ Teatro Polivalente Occupato in Bolgna)

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