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Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield A Beautiful World


A Beautiful World
Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield
Basin Street Records

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In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Basin Street Records has
announced forthcoming the collaborative album between its two most
recorded artists, Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield, A Beautiful
World, out nationally October 13, pre-orders (including signed copies)
available now on BasinStreetRecords.com, physical product (CD, Vinyl)
available in New Orleans area September 22.

A Beautiful World is a collaboration between two friends, Kermit
Ruffins, the big easy ambassador of good times and Rebirth Brass Band
co-founder, who has appeared on HBO’s Treme, Bravo’s Top Chef, Late
Night with Stephen Colbert, and the soundtrack for Disney’s Jungle
Book in a duet with Bill Murray and backing Christopher Walken, and
Irvin Mayfield, two-time Grammy-award winner, Billboard Music
Award-winner, author, and producer. Combined, the two musicians share
a staggering output of nearly fifty records, the majority released on
Basin Street Records, an international independent music powerhouse
that asked its two most recorded artists to collaborate on this
centerpiece of the label’s 20th anniversary celebration. A Beautiful
World is the ultimate party in record form. Producer Mayfield worked
tirelessly to translate the eclectic soul of Kermit Ruffins to
twenty-six tracks. On the process of making the album, Ruffins
explains, “Good food and good music are my passions. I wanted to make
a record people could eat.”

Mayfield realized that vision by bringing in 57 musicians arranged in
four configurations built around a jazz structure: big band,
traditional jazz marching band, chamber orchestra and an amended funk
ensemble. Some Basin Street Records artists joined to accomplish this
goal: The king of New Orleans brass, Rebirth Brass Band; the
professorial clarinetist Dr. Michael White; the musical genius, Jason
Marsalis; and world-renowned percussionist, Bill Summers. Other
notable featured artists include: Haley Reinhart of American Idol,
Cyril Neville (of the Meters and Neville Brothers), New Orleans bass
legend George Porter Jr. (of The Meters and countless other bands),
Tremé-crooner John Boutté, the inimitable and monstrous voice of Glen
David Andrews, The King of Tremé Shannon Powell, a nine-piece string
ensemble, and the silky-smooth spoken word bass of New Orleans-born
actor Wendell Pierce (USA’s Suits, HBO’s The Wire, HBO’s Tremé).

A Beautiful World will be available nationally on October 13, 2017 on
all digital platforms and on CD and Vinyl (includes free digital
download) at your local record store. Available for pre-order
(including signed copies) from BasinStreetRecords.com now, physical
product (CD, Vinyl) available in New Orleans area September 22.
Additionally, in conjunction with the album, Basin Street Records
plans to release a graphic novel by writer Amen Neville— more details
to come soon. Finally, a documentary about Kermit Ruffins is also in
the works, and is slated for a 2018 release.


Upcoming Performances:
9/22 (6 pm) – Album Release Party – Louisiana Music Factory – New Orleans, LA
9/22 (7pm & 11pm) – Album Release Party – Blue Nile, New Orleans, LA
9/23 – Graphic Novel Release Party – Crescent City Comics, New Orleans, LA
Kermit Ruffins performs most Fridays at Blue Nile, New Orleans, LA
Saturdays at Little Gem Saloon, New Orleans, LA - 7pm and 9:15pm
Some Thursdays at Bullet’s Sports Bar, New Orleans, LA
Irvin Mayfield and Cirque Du Freque perform every Monday at Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-
Law Lounge, New Orleans, LA

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