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Fact is, when Central Park SummerStage donated a benefit night to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic September 28, the music wasn't so hot either. "Baton Rouge" met "Dirty Boulevard" in Lou Reed's strong, short set, and Detroiter Bettye LaVettewho did "Saints" as a slow soul anthem, sharpdistinguished herself. But Soulive, who as a fusion band are a fair-to-middling backup band, previewed their album, which does not include the Corey GloverVernon Reid "It's Your Thing" that stuck out so. I didn't care that much, though, partly because, singing or playing fills, Allen Toussaintthe Big Easy's greatest popmeister, whose solo work has too often rendered live-and-let-live sententioushad proved so much live-er than his records. As I lolled in the too empty bleachers with one ear on the ballgame, it was all good.
Making your own history is important work. It's a trip to hear your brother-in-law pour his heart into a solo. And when the clinic doctor talked about providing services to any musician great or small, I said right on sister.
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