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Twenty Dozen

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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.

Customer Reviews

If You Like Brass Bands

This disc has a bit of reggae/funk feel to it. This is an ok outing IMHO. My favorite tracks are 1, 9 & 10.

Twenty shades of awesome!

Fantastic album! Good mix of tunes! Love Roger Lewis…The Dirty Old Sexy Man himself!

Favorite tracks are 1, 7 and 11


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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