Blue Monday

There are plenty of reasons to be sorry you missed this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but high on the list would be the chance to hear guitarist Leo Nocentelli tear it up with the Meter Men, a power-funk trio that adds up to the Meters minus keyboardist Art Neville. That’s Zigaboo Modeliste on the drums, of course, and Nocentelli looks to be playing the Epiphone edition of the Gibson “Lucille” designed for B.B. King.

Here’s some more Nocentelli fretwork on “Cissy Strut,” one of the best-known Meters tunes:

There are loads of Meters anthologies out there, but for my money this two-disc set is the best.

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