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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Tombstone

Angelo Leonardi By

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Parte integrante dell'afro-american community di New Orleans, l'Hot 8 Brass Band torna con un nuovo album, riproponendo l'incendiaria miscela di soul, rap, funk, hip hop e jazz in chiave di marchin' band.
Fondata nel 1995 dal tubista Bennie "Big Peter" Pete e dal trombonista Jerome "Baybay" Jones, la formazione è sopravvissuta alla tragedia dell'uragano Katrina ma ha subito dei lutti in situazioni di violenza urbana, perdendo quattro dei suoi componenti storici. Questo terzo album lo dedica a loro e ad altri amici scomparsi senza abbandonare per questo l'eccitante formula musicale fatta di ritmi concitati, iterazioni collettive e timbri urlati.

La forza espressiva dell'ensemble è notevole e dal vivo deve risultare irresistibile. Chi non li conosce può pensare alla Dirty Dozen Brass Band o alla Brass Fantasy di Lester Bowie, ma questa fanfara ha una sua precisa fisionomia: meno eclettica e jazzisticamente orientata forse, ma di maggior impatto popolare.
Difficile scegliere tra i brani, che andrebbero ascoltati con volume dello stereo al massimo: inizia con "Tombstone Intro" presentando in forma di rap il percorso musicale e conclude con "Tombstone Outro" con la voce di Alvarez "B.I.G. AL" Huntley sempre protagonista.

Track Listing: Tombstone Intro; Wolf Burger; Homies; Shot Gun Joe; Milwaukee Fat; Eldridge; We Goin' Make It; Hot 8 Shit; Big Girl; Take It to the House; Tombstone Outro.

Personnel: Bennie "Big Peter" Pete: leader, tuba; Terrell "Burger" Batiste, Alvarez "B.I.G. AL" Huntley, Raymond "Dr. Rackle" Williams: trombe; Jerome "Baybay" Jones, Keith "Wolf" Anderson, Jereau "Cousin" Fournett: tromboni; Wendell "Cliff" Stewart: sassofoni; Harry "Swamp Thang" Cook: grancassa.

Title: Tombstone | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Tru Thoughts

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