Dr. John "In A Sentimental Mood" is very good (if you can locate it on LP, CD is available).
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The one essential Dr. John LP is Gumbo.An overview of New Orleans R&B.You can't go wrong with"In the Right Place". His London Lp "Sun,Moon &Herbs" from the late 60s has virtually every rocker in London playing on it,yet still sounds totally Dr.For Live there's an album from the 80s in London that rocks(Live in London).The two solo LPs on the Clear Cuts label are both excellent.If you are looking for these on Vinyl,I have dupes on nearly everything,except Live in London.After you get warmed up with The Doctor there's always Professor Longhair,Allen Toussaint,Tuts Washington to keep your feets moving.
I like Gris Gris, his first album.
The most exploratory and psychedelic outing of Dr. John's career, a one-of-a-kind fusion of New Orleans Mardi Gras R&B and voodoo mysticism. Great rasping, bluesy vocals, soulful backup singers, and eerie melodies on flute, sax, and clarinet, as well as odd Middle Eastern-like chanting and mandolin runs. It's got the setting of a strange religious ritual, but the mood is far more joyous than solemn