11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This fun-loving group has been around since 1977, and that’s a good thing. Rooted in New Orleans' venerable brass-band tradition, Dirty Dozen have never let themselves be hemmed in by playing only one style. Funk rhythms abound, saxophonists aren’t afraid to squeal and scream like free-jazz players, and guitarist Jake Eckert rocks out. There’s even a strikingly inventive cover of Rihanna’s 2007 hit single “Don’t Stop the Music.” The funky opener, “Tomorrow,” is warmed up by guest Nigel Hall’s Hammond B3 organ and a husky solo from baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis. Sousaphone player Kirk Joseph’s “Jook” evokes tough '60s soul-jazz, as well as other genres. The band doesn’t turn its back on New Orleans traditions; the album includes a take on “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as well as a jump-blues arrangement of the traditional “E-Flat Blues,” complete with shouts of “Hey!” The album closes on a high note with Lewis’ hard-partying “Dirty Old Man.” Lewis—who at age 70 is the group’s senior member—turns in a performance that'll bring a smile to your face.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This fun-loving group has been around since 1977, and that’s a good thing. Rooted in New Orleans' venerable brass-band tradition, Dirty Dozen have never let themselves be hemmed in by playing only one style. Funk rhythms abound, saxophonists aren’t afraid to squeal and scream like free-jazz players, and guitarist Jake Eckert rocks out. There’s even a strikingly inventive cover of Rihanna’s 2007 hit single “Don’t Stop the Music.” The funky opener, “Tomorrow,” is warmed up by guest Nigel Hall’s Hammond B3 organ and a husky solo from baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis. Sousaphone player Kirk Joseph’s “Jook” evokes tough '60s soul-jazz, as well as other genres. The band doesn’t turn its back on New Orleans traditions; the album includes a take on “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as well as a jump-blues arrangement of the traditional “E-Flat Blues,” complete with shouts of “Hey!” The album closes on a high note with Lewis’ hard-partying “Dirty Old Man.” Lewis—who at age 70 is the group’s senior member—turns in a performance that'll bring a smile to your face.

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About Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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 in their own way, making fine recordings for Rounder, Columbia, and the George Wein Collection (the latter released through Concord). Guest artists have included Dr. John, Dizzy Gillespie, and Danny Barker. The DDBB re-emerged in 1999 with John Medeski as their producer, and many called the group's Buck Jump release a return to classic form. The group then returned in 2002 with yet another surprising album, Medicated Magic. Two years later, the band made its Artemis label debut with Funeral for a Friend. In 2006, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the DDBB issued their most ambitious album to date, What's Going On, a wide-ranging musical tour de force that was a track-for-track remake of Marvin Gaye's classic 1971 album. In addition to the DDBB, it also featured the talents of many musicians from the Crescent City. The album was not so much a response to Hurricane Katrina itself, but to the subsequent treatment of New Orleanians by the city government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In 2011, the group issued My Feet Can't Fail Me Now, a further extrapolation on Crescent City traditions wedded to hip-hop, modern R&B, funk, and rock. In the spring of 2012, DDBB issued the more traditional Twenty Dozen, their debut offering for Savoy Jazz. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    New Orleans, LA
  • FORMED
    1975

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