A Beautiful World

A Beautiful World

Kermit Ruffins | Irvin Mayfield

Label: Basin Street
Format: CD
Barcode: 0652905071724
Catalog number: BSR 07172
Releasedate: 03-11-17
- Collaboration between Basin Street Records' two most recorded artists, Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield
- Features 57 musicians including New Orleans legends: Rebirth Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, Jason Marsalis, Bill Summers, Haley Reinhart, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., John Boutté, Glen David Andrews, Shannon Powell, and Wendell Pierce. Also featured Haley Reinhart of American Idol fame, and a nine-piece string ensemble
- Released in conjunction with a a graphic novel. The One & Twos: Kermit, Irvin, and the Golden Record V.1., in which Kermit & Irvin are characters battling a strange Dark Force in New Orleans with the help of many other New Orleans musicians.
- Available as vinyl and cd

A Beautiful World is a collaboration between two friends, Kermit Ruffins, the big easy ambassador of good times and Rebirth Brass Band co-founder, who has appeared on HBO’s Treme, Bravo’s Top Chef, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and the soundtrack for Disney’s Jungle Book in a duet with Bill Murray and backing Christopher Walken, and Irvin Mayfield, two-time Grammy-award winner, Billboard Music Award-winner, author, and producer. Combined, the two musicians share a staggering output of nearly fifty records, the majority released on Basin Street Records, an international independent music powerhouse that asked its two most recorded artists to collaborate on this centerpiece of the label’s 20th anniversary celebration. A Beautiful World is the ultimate party in record form. Producer Mayfield worked tirelessly to translate the eclectic soul of Kermit Ruffins to twenty-six tracks. On the process of making the album, Ruffins explains, “Good food and good music are my passions. I wanted to make a record people could eat.”
Mayfield realized that vision by bringing in 57 musicians arranged in four configurations built around a jazz structure: big band, traditional jazz marching band, chamber orchestra and an amended funk ensemble. Some Basin Street Records artists joined to accomplish this goal: The king of New Orleans brass, Rebirth Brass Band; the professorial clarinetist Dr. Michael White; the musical genius, Jason Marsalis; and world-renowned percussionist, Bill Summers. Other notable featured artists include: Haley Reinhart of American Idol, Cyril Neville (of the Meters and Neville Brothers), New Orleans bass legend George Porter Jr. (of The Meters and countless other bands), Tremé-crooner John Boutté, the inimitable and monstrous voice of Glen David Andrews, The King of Tremé Shannon Powell, a nine-piece string ensemble, and the silky-smooth spoken word bass of New Orleans-born actor Wendell Pierce (USA’s Suits, HBO’s The Wire, HBO’s Tremé).