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  • Jazz/Blues Fusion [Polydor, 1972] C-
  • New Year, New Band, New Company [Blue Thumb, 1975] C-
  • Notice to Appear [ABC, 1976] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Jazz/Blues Fusion [Polydor, 1972]
Old blues guys plus old jazz guys? I always thought a fusion was something new. C-

New Year, New Band, New Company [Blue Thumb, 1975]
And a brand new batch of clichés. C-

Notice to Appear [ABC, 1976]
What a title--is that how he knew his trial by studio was due? Granted, the first side did almost convince me that Allen Toussaint could produce a seductive rock and roll album for anybody (except maybe James Cotton) (and Allen Toussaint). But then I listened to side two. C+