Terence Blanchard on How Dr. John Captured the Sound of New Orleans

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Like so many musicians from New Orleans, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.--known as Dr. John--played music for the pure love of it. That love allowed him to be himself. I first encountered him when I was on tour in Japan in the 1980s; he was doing a double bill with the Neville Brothers, and when we saw those guys, it was almost like we were back home. Mac was a sweetheart, and when I would see him, we'd talk about New Orleans and the things New Orleanians talk about, which is mostly food and parties.

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