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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Jazz Moods | Hot (2005)

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Go ahead, make my day!

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band does precisely that every time out. This compilation, drawn from Voodoo (1989), The New Orleans Album (1990), and Open Up - Whatcha Gonna Do for the Rest of Your Life (1991), brings on some of the best street celebrations that the band has to offer. With Kirk Joseph's sousaphone out in front, the group steps out to a stirring drum cadence and folds in hot jazz with its New Orleans parade ambience.

"Don't Drive Drunk" captures the mainstream essence of "Milestones" and wraps it up in the band's own quick-witted demeanor. "Moose the Mooche" moves fast and furious with a hearty bebop flair. "Freakish" features conversing trombones in a battle that stands out for its casual funk attitude. "Kidd Jordan's Second Line" celebrates New Orleans trad jazz with smiles all around, while "Eyomzi" epitomizes the Caribbean flavor that has influenced jazz from its inception.

Hot trumpet and saxophone solos lead each performance, as the band's front line charges straight ahead. You get a little trad jazz, a little bebop, and a whole lot of character. Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns, Kevin Harris, and Roger Lewis deliver lyrical solos that are right on target, while sousaphone, snare drum, and bass drum add rhythmic flavor. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band creates a sensation with each performance.

Track Listing: Snowball; Moose the Mooche; That's How You Got Killed Before; Use Your Brain; Don't Drive Drunk; It's All Over Now; Freakish; Song for Bobe; Remember When; Jungle Blues; Eyomzi; Charlie Dozen; Oop-Pop-a-Dah; Kidd Jordan's Second Line.

Personnel: Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns- trumpet; Kevin Harris- tenor saxophone; Roger Lewis- baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone; Charles Joseph, Revert Andrews- trombone; Keith Anderson- trombone, sousaphone; Kirk Joseph- sousaphone; Lionel Batiste- snare drum, bass drum; Raymond Weber, Jenell Marshall- drums; Kenyatta Simon- drums, percussion; Big Chief Smiley Ricks- congas on "Jungle Blues;" Dizzy Gillespie- vocal, trumpet on "Oop-Pop-a-Dah;" Dr. John vocal & piano on "It's All Over Now;" others.

Record Label: Sony BMG Legacy

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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