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JAMBALAYA BRASS BAND

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

2011-03-14

The Jambalaya Brass Band may be from New York City, but their sound is pure party music from the Crescent City. I have often said when you go to New Orleans to set your tone for the visit one of the first things you need to do is see a big brass band. The trumpet, trombone, saxophone and of course tuba mixed with the hot rhythm section found on this disc cooks a gumbo of hot sounds that incorporate Funk, Rock R &B, Jazz and Zydeco. Most tracks on this disc are Jambalaya originals and were wrote by band leader Ric Frank who has spent time with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The Corey Henry track "Jambalaya Got Fire" is a hot track with vocals and lots of hot sauce. The other standout is the Professor Longhair classic "Mardi Gras In New Orleans;" This track is covered by hundreds of New Orleans musicians, but Jambalaya adds enough spice to make the professor proud. This is fun party music and it is easy to tell that the Jambalaya Brass Band are having lots of fun. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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