No young artist has managed to update the sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz more convincingly than Kermit Ruffins. Emerging out of the fiery brass band tradition, where he helped spark a revival during the 1980s, Kermit released his first of seven solo albums in 1992. His music embraces the timbres and the bittersweet romance of Louis Armstrong while retaining the bouncing, parade-inspired beats of the brass bands. Kermit is a regular fixture on the streets of New Orleans, where he rarely misses a second line (brass-band street parade) and often passes out barbecue from a grill on his truck bed. At the same time, he is the most serious and thoughtful of musicians, mindful of his musical ancestors while always looking forward to the next development. Putumayo is releasing Kermit Ruffins, a collection of songs from his seven solo albums, in conjunction with a New Orleans release.