January 25, 1999 12:00 PM

Buckwheat Zydeco (Tomorrow)

For 20 years, Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. has been dishing up zydeco’s musical gumbo—gobs of Creole accordion music mixed with Afro-Cuban rhythms and Southern rock-and-soul as hot and zesty as the crawfish étoufée whipped up from his wife Bernite’s published recipes. Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana’s French-speaking Creole country, Dural, 51, was taught to play zydeco accordion by his father and was organist for Joe Tex and the late zydeco king Clifton Chenier before launching his own group in 1979. Now celebrating two decades at the helm of Buckwheat Zydeco with this, his 16th album—and the first on his own Tomorrow label—Dural and his nine-piece band deliver 10 tracks of propulsive, rollicking dance party music. Among the highlights: a French-language invitation to a backswamp pig roast, “Allons à Boucherie,” and the reeling, mostly instrumental “Hard Chargin’,” which was heard throughout Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy soundtrack.

Bottom Line: Swamp-boogie joy ride

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