Better than: The time when nobody talked about Louis Armstrong being hip. (Which he was.)
As Louis Armstrong tributes go, this one—the first installment of "Insides Out," Dr. John's three-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music— sidestepped (thankfully) the sanctimony of most such affairs. There were some obvious markers. Five trumpeters—three of them born, bred, and now living in New Orleans—guested through the night with Dr. John's nine-piece band. Nineteen songs were culled from Armstrong's recorded oeuvre. At one point halfway through, Dr. John looked up and said a few words about Armstrong's legacy and our collective "duty to keep it alive, to pass it on down like he did."