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The New Orleans Nightcrawlers, a ten-piece brass band consisting of two trumpets, two trombones, two tenors, baritone, sousaphone, snare drum and bass drum, infuses their variety of dixieland and traditional brass band music with r&b and funk. More tied to the tradition than the Dirty Dozen Brass Band tended to be, the Nightcrawlers' first album is quite enjoyable. The group has strong soloists, consistently high musicianship, plenty of diversity and hard-driving swing, and excellent high-note trumpet work from Barney Floyd. Highlights include "Bourbon St. Parade," "Just A Little While To Stay Here," "Gwine" (which finds the band sounding ragged a la Charles Mingus) and "Sidewalk Strut." Recommended.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

The New Orleans Nightcrawlers are a dozen musicians from around the Crescent City who work in a number of other outfits, among them Dr. John and Dukes of Dixieland. Their other gigs, however, do not prevent members from coming together as a cohesive whole on recordings, although the situation does hamper live performances, which are few and far between. This state of affairs has not kept the group from amassing a number of awards. These honors include a Best of the Beat Award in 1996 for Best Traditional...
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