June 16, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Even though the two-CD set Chess New Orleans includes mostly second-rung singers, it overflows with exuberant good vibes. You can hear intriguing early work by some who’d later become bigger names (Art Neville, Clifton Chenier, Eddie Bo). But even sides by relative unknowns strut to an irresistibly insinuating beat. B-

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