THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are a New Orleans style brass band which plays R&B and Traditional New Orleans music. Band Members include Charles Joseph , Keith Anderson , Roger Lewis , Kevin Harris , Lionel Batiste , Efrem Towns , Kirk Joseph , Jenell Marshall , Revert Andrews , Gregory Davis , and Raymond Weber. Original band formed in 1975. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.
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THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND My Feet Can't Fail Me Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Feet Can't Fail Me Now
Original New Orleans Jazz 1984
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Voodoo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Voodoo
Original New Orleans Jazz 1989
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND The New Orleans Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The New Orleans Album
Original New Orleans Jazz 1990
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Open Up (Whatcha Gonna Do for the Rest of Your Life?) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Open Up (Whatcha Gonna Do for the Rest of Your Life?)
Original New Orleans Jazz 1991
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Plays Jelly Roll Morton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Jelly Roll Morton
Original New Orleans Jazz 1993
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Ears to the Wall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ears to the Wall
Original New Orleans Jazz 1996
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Buck Jump album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buck Jump
Original New Orleans Jazz 1999
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Medicated Magic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Medicated Magic
Original New Orleans Jazz 2002
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Funeral for a Friend album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funeral for a Friend
Original New Orleans Jazz 2004
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND What's Going On album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
What's Going On
RnB 2006
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Twenty Dozen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twenty Dozen
World Fusion 2012

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THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND Live: Mardi Gras At Montreux album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live: Mardi Gras At Montreux
Original New Orleans Jazz 1986
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND We Got Robbed! -Live in New Orleans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We Got Robbed! -Live in New Orleans
Original New Orleans Jazz 2003

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THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND This Is Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Jazz
Original New Orleans Jazz 1987
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND This Is The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Collection
Original New Orleans Jazz 2005

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THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND What's Going On

Album · 2006 · RnB
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I love albums that take chances. Recording, rearranging and extending a dazzling classic like Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' is a bold move and it pays off for me.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band play it big on most of the songs, but still take the time to make sure the melodies remain intact. Opening with a bit of a booming drum sound that also carries a nice snap to its beat, perfect for Chuck D to rap over, it's probably the standout song. His accusatory tone suits the album so well and his updated lyrics also match its purpose, recorded and released as it was in response to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.

Aside from Chuck D's appearance, four more guest vocalists appear, leaving the beautiful 'Flying High in the Friendly Sky' mostly instrumental, save for a cry for help sung by the band in 'group' vocal style. It remains delicate and moving, even fleshed out as it is with (among others) guitar, sax, trombone, trumpet and organ added to the rhythm tracks.

Other songs are expanded, both in length and instrumentation. 'Save the Children' is dominated by a growling sax and 'God Is Love' is given a bit of groove, so much so that it becomes a happy gospel piece, sung by Ian Neville, whose voice is probably most comparable to Marvin's. That said, I'm still of two minds about the arrangement. The following song, 'Mercy Mercy Me' (with vocals by G Love) is another where altering of the mood of the piece doesn't quite work for me, though nothing is performed poorly by any stretch.

In contrast, shortening 'Right On' and 'Wholy Holy' is a stellar move, allowing for a tight groove and energetic soloing on 'Right On' especially. The closer, the seminal 'Inner City Blues' is similar to 'What's Going On' in that the melody is carried by the horns and the vocals are handled by a rapper, in this case Guru. It's not moving in the same way as Gaye's version, instead, it is, like much of the album, charged with anger and is an accusation rather than a cry for mercy that Marvin's original seems to be.

Fans of the original record will find this at least interesting, but do listen first as it's a very different album to Gaye's. Big band fans or fans of the New Orleans sound should love this. The band cooks and most of the vocals are effective (including Bettye LaVette who I nearly forgot to mention) even if the focus is on, unsurprisingly, the fine brass ensemble playing. I've given it three stars because it might not suit everyone's taste to hear a classic album reinterpreted, though personally I really enjoy it.

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