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Bringing It Home

Bonerama

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Album Review

Bonerama, the New Orleans horn band boasting four trombones, seems to have tired of beginning its album titles with the word "Live" (Live at the Old Point, Live from New York), so the group's third album is not called "Live from Tipitina's" even though it is; it's called Bringing It Home, which is also accurate, since Bonerama was formed at Tipitina's nightclub in New Orleans in 1998. If the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revised notions about a horn outfit's sound and repertoire, Bonerama takes those revisions a step further. Its ensemble sound sometimes suggests the rock group Chicago and sometimes a small, well-rehearsed college marching band. Although many of the tunes are originals by the bandmembers, the selections that stand out are the surprising covers, such as Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" and two songs from the Beatles The White Album, "Yer Blues" and "Helter Skelter." The arrangements replace some of the guitar parts with horn parts, naturally, but the influence of classic rock, particularly of Jimi Hendrix, remains in guitarist Bert Cotton's acid-tinged lead work. To demonstrate its jazz chops, Bonerama also turns in a strong cover of Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy." Yet for all this eclecticism, the group remains at its core a New Orleans horn band, and by the end of the set it has evoked Louis Armstrong and the Meters before ending with a hidden track that is a musical commercial for another city nightspot, all of which confirms that the group's decision to keep recording live albums, especially at its home base, is a good one.

Customer Reviews

A True American Original

I just saw Bonerama at the Monterey Jazz Festival and I'm surprised the roof is still intact on that little shack they played in. The guys play like nothing you've ever heard before, have a great time, and put on a great show. Crosstown Traffic alone was worth the price of admission. If you have an interest in hearing something original . . if you want to hear some music that is like nothing else out there. . . buy Bringing It Home. You won't regret it. Then go back and buy their other two live albums. Bonerama are a True American Original ! ! ! ! !

Live music from a Living CITY!!!

New Orleans is one of the best places to experience the culture (food, live music, and enduring people). It's the one place on earth in which you can AVOID packaged Food and packaged music. Bonerama's recordings are live and they give you the feel of being there. I have enjoyed them live at Jazzfest and in various clubs. Their music and vibe just don't get any better.. If you can't get to New Orleans, buy this music and turn it UP!!!!!

AWSOME GROUP, LIVE IN PORTLAND OREGON!!!

Just saw this group live in Portland Oregon and the annual Blues Festival. I can honestly say, as a fellow Trombone player, this is the best group I've seen in a long time! And a great album, it's like reliving the concert over and over again!

Biography

Formed: 1998 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rock-oriented New Orleans brass band Bonerama were formed by trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, both of whom had been members of Harry Connick's band since 1990. Mullins obtained a weekly residency at the New Orleans nightclub Tipitina's in the summer of 1998 and turned it into a trombone summit. In addition to Klein, he enlisted trombonists Rick Trolsen, Steve Suter, and Brian O'Neill (who died of a heart attack in December 2005), as well as sousaphone player Matt Perrine and guitarist Bert...
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