The good doctor's powers of rhythmic persuasion are in full force on his latest release, an authoritative romp through a gumbo of Louisiana-bred styles.

The good doctor's powers of rhythmic persuasion are in full force on his latest release, an authoritative romp through a gumbo of Louisiana-bred styles. Creole Moon, which includes five songs co-written with the late Doc Pomus, opens with the muscular James Brown-style drum beat and Stevie Wonder-esque clavinet of "You Swore." The JB funk gets an even harder workout on "Food for Thot," in which Dr. John slings sassy hipster adages and homespun wit. It's a turn south toward the bayou on "Holdin' Patten," with Beausoleil fiddler Michael Doucet adding a cameo solo to the swampy, wah-wah vamp. "Bruha Bembe" revisits the eerie voodoo of 1968's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters," while "Now That You Got Me" revels in the sounds of a Mardi Gras parade. The record simmers on "Imitation of Love," which could've been a slow-dance favorite from New Orleans high schools circa 1950. A strong, confident collection from a beloved veteran—and a natural for triple-A and roots-oriented radio.—SA

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