Friday, July 9, 2010

The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band: Sam's Big Rooster (2000)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band
Sam’s Big Rooster

This trio, arguably the best traditional Cajun group in the world, performed many of these songs during their Festival International set two weeks ago, backed by a drummer and bassist who are for the most part absent from these versions. Picking up the percussion slack are Marc Savoy’s accordion and Ann Savoy’s guitar, leaving Michael Doucet free--especially on “Mardi Gras Jig,” “Jolie Bassette,” “Amédé Two Step,” and “Hop, Skip, and Jump”--to command the spotlight with what’s unarguably the best Cajun fiddling in the world, traditional or otherwise. Lagniappe: Ann’s singing when the spotlight’s on her. Rating: Four cock-a-doodle-doos out of five.

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