Published since 1997
Jim Santella has been contributing CD reviews, concert reviews and DVD reviews to AAJ since 1997. His work has also appeared in Southland Blues, The L.A. Jazz Scene, and Cadence Magazine.
The band's party music is up-tempo and crisp. While the lyrics are loaded with double entendre, the band's straightforward approach to the music results in an enjoyable listen. Providing authenticity to their outdoors street band persona, the trumpeters are slightly out of tune with each other and enjoy losing control on the occasional high, screeching, phrase-ending bar. Combining "down on the bayou" Caribbean rhythms with trad jazz and blues charm, the New Birth Brass Band's contagious enthusiasm appeals to everyone.
Track Listing: Mardi Gras in New Orleans; D-Boy; You Got Yours; Spread Your Legs; Whoopin' Blues; I Ate Up the Apple Tree; Smoke that Fire; Jesus on the Main Line; Ms Lollipop; Shakin' That Ass; Li'l Liza Jane; Caribbean Second Line.
Record Label: NYNO
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