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Album Review

Spanning four LPs and almost six years, This Is Jazz presents the best of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Compiled and annotated by their producer Scott Billington, the set does a great job of picking and choosing from the group's Columbia material. Collaborations with Dr. John ("It's All Over Now") and Branford Marsalis ("Moose the Mooche") work well, but the most enjoyable tracks are simple group jams like "Charlie Dozen" and "Gemini Rising." The bluesy "Don't You Feel My Leg," with New Orleans legend Danny Barker, is a special highlight.


Formed: 1975 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In their prime, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band successfully mixed together R&B with the instrumentation of a New Orleans brass band. Featuring Kirk Joseph on sousaphone playing with the agility of an electric bassist, the group revitalized the brass band tradition, opening up the repertoire and inspiring some younger groups to imitate its boldness. Generally featuring five horns (two trumpets, one trombone, and two saxes) along with the sousaphone, a snare drummer, and a bass drummer, the DDBB were innovative...
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  • 7,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, R&B/Soul
  • Released: 28 April 1997

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