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by Jim Santella
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 ...read more
by Joel Roberts
Jazz permeates everything in New Orleans, a city where, as Sidney Bechet once said, “Music is as much of a part of death as it is of life.” Funeral for a Friend, the stirring new CD from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, proves that Bechet’s remark still holds true. The Dirty Dozen, who helped revive the languishing brass band scene some 25 years ago with their modern twist on a tradition that dates back to the early ...read more
by AAJ Staff
After following the tradition long enough, sometimes you reach a point where you become the tradition. Such is the case with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which has over 27 years and ten records occupied a central place in the musical life of New Orleans. At this point the brass-heavy group (the core here an octet) is the preeminent voice of traditional New Orleans street music, to the extent it can be separated from marching bands, jazz ensembles, and gospel-heavy ...read more