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Editors’ Notes

After almost thirty years exploring the boundaries of the genre, New Orleans's most famous brass band returns to their roots with Funeral for a Friend, their tenth and most heartfelt album. Dedicated to the late Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, one of the Dirty Dozen's original members, the album reproduces a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral in all its signature pomp. Though it was recorded in the studio, the extraordinary musicianship and seamless flow give the impression of actually marching with the band, from procession to church to graveside, as well as from sorrow to joy to transcendence. From the dirge-like beginning of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," the music swells and releases with each successive song until it explodes into the wild celebration of "Jesus on the Mainline." Half sassy, half somber, the Storyville blues of "John the Revelator" gives way to the rousing gospel affirmation of "I'll Fly Away." By the concluding strains of "Amazing Grace," there won't be a dry eye in the house. May we all go out with this kind of party.

Customer Reviews

Older than old school

Dirty Dozen has done it all over the years. A funk/jazz fusion record, a tribute to the originator of New Orleans jazz, a guest album, live album, Widespread album . . . pretty diverse catalog. But this is the oldest of their old school efforts. If you want the rough and the raw, the "dirty" of Dirty Dozen if you will, this album will delight you. No electric bass, no full drum kit, almost no vocals, this the DDBB as we might imagine them wandering the streets of the quarter and pouring their hearts and souls out through their horns. Worth every penny.

Hellz YEA

my trombone teach is ben macontosh and he showed me this band live and i love it!! Ben actaully know the player personally and plays with them so i fully endorse this kickass album

Amazing Grace will not play.... Please fix this!!!!!!

Amazing Grace will not play.... Please fix this!!!!!!

Biography

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...
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