The Dirty Dozen Brass Band may have been raised in New Orleans, but with Buck Jump they've definitely moved on to Funkytown. While producer John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame) retains some of their original brass band sound, he has also added heavy slabs of his own Hammond B-3, plus assorted percussion and bass. Buck Jump is a raucous, funky, fun-filled mix of traditional New Orleans blues, R&B and modern jazz. This CD has the loose, up-front feel of a live recording and perfectly captures the rollicking interplay between soloists Roger Lewis (baritone), Julius McKee (tuba), Kevin Harris (saxophone) and Gregory Davis (trumpet). Although there is a certain "sameness" to some of the compositions, Buck Jump provides enough high-energy party music to be recommended. Purists should look elsewhere! ***
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