After over four years as The Night Tripper, Dr John returned to the music of his native city for his fifth album. Gumbo was a collection of covers of classic New Orleans tunes (including several Huey Smith songs), with Dr John leading a fantastic band consisting of keyboadist Ronnie Barron, bassist Jimmy Calhoun and drummer Fred Staehle, with horn arrangements from Harold Battiste. He himself called it "both a tribute to and my interpretation of the music I had grown up with in New Orleans in the 1940s and 1950s". It is often referred to as a corner-stone in New Orleans music. His version of "Iko Iko" managed to break into the Top 40, and it took him from being an underground cult musician to a widely-recognised authority on the music of the Big Easy. It also showcased his dazzling piano skills, which he had never really utilized that much as The Night Tripper (with a few exceptions). Still today it is seen as one of the crowning achievements of his career.
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