A report on The Band and Allen Toussaint

The Band in 1969: (left to right) Manuel, Hudson, Helm, Robertson, Danko
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
"Big Pink" in 2006
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
L to R: Danko, Helm and Manuel on tour in Hamburg, Germany, in 1971
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013
Hudson in 1971
Bob Dylan and the Band in Chicago, 1974: (left to right) Danko, Robertson, Dylan and Helm
The Band with guests at the Last Waltz concert. Photo: David Gans
The Band in Hamburg, 1971: (left to right) Manuel, Danko, Robertson, and Helm

He arranged horn music for The Band's albums Cahoots (1971) and Rock of Ages (1972), as well as for the documentary film The Last Waltz (1978).

- Allen Toussaint

Cahoots featured Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece", "4% Pantomime" (with Van Morrison), and "Life Is a Carnival", the last featuring a horn arrangement by Allen Toussaint.

- The Band
The Band in 1969: (left to right) Manuel, Hudson, Helm, Robertson, Danko

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Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Dr. John

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American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Dr. John at the 2006 Jazz à Vienne festival, in Vienne, France
Dr. John at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, July 2010
Dr. John performing at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City, 2011

In 1973, with Allen Toussaint producing and The Meters backing, Dr. John released the seminal New Orleans funk album In the Right Place.

The tribute included covers of Pomus-penned songs by Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Brian Wilson, The Band, Los Lobos, Dion, Rosanne Cash, Solomon Burke, and Lou Reed.

Original theatrical release poster

The Last Waltz

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Original theatrical release poster
The Band, with Bob Dylan and guests, during "I Shall Be Released"
The Band's drummer and vocalist Levon Helm
Bluesman Muddy Waters guested with The Band for the concert.
Dylan and the Band, 1974
Guest Neil Young at a 1976 concert in America.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

They were backed by a large horn section with charts arranged by Allen Toussaint and other musicians.

Rock of Ages (The Band album)

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Levon Helm
Richard Manuel
Robbie Robertson
Garth Hudson
Rick Danko

Rock of Ages: The Band in Concert is a live album by The Band, released in 1972.

Robbie Robertson had commissioned New Orleans songwriter and arranger Allen Toussaint to compose horn charts for their recent single "Life Is a Carnival" from the album Cahoots, and decided to have Toussaint write special charts for a five-man horn section to augment the group on the upcoming concerts.

Holy Cow (Lee Dorsey song)

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"Holy Cow" is a song written by Allen Toussaint and performed by Lee Dorsey.

The Band released a version of the song on their 1973 album Moondog Matinee.

Cahoots (album)

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Cahoots is the fourth studio album by Canadian/American rock group the Band.

Allen Toussaint - brass arrangements on "Life Is a Carnival"