Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend

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by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
     
 

On their tenth album, the Crescent City's Dirty Dozen Brass Band bring it all back to the cobblestone streets where it began. The Dozens have done it all, from straight New Orleans jazz to restless funky experimentation, and here they put it all down to the roots of its origin. Funeral for a Friend is just that, a complete reenactment of a New Orleans funeralSee more details below

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On their tenth album, the Crescent City's Dirty Dozen Brass Band bring it all back to the cobblestone streets where it began. The Dozens have done it all, from straight New Orleans jazz to restless funky experimentation, and here they put it all down to the roots of its origin. Funeral for a Friend is just that, a complete reenactment of a New Orleans funeral or "homecoming." The Dozens played them at the beginning and continue to. The set is dedicated to the memory of founding member Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, who passed away just a few weeks after its completion. The band performed it in the streets leading the horse-drawn carriage procession. Comprised entirely of gospel and spiritual songs, it follows the trajectory of a departed one's life from birth to celebrations of her or his character to death and resurrection in the afterlife. The first of the three stages begins with a slow, mournful dirge that emerges as "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," as the gathering begins at the courthouse and becomes a strident statement in "I Shall Not Be Moved," where the grief begins to give way to the feeling of victory, that the departed has broken the bondage of this life's prison. The music begins to swell and swirl and gains in stridency and emotion until it actually erupts about five tracks in with "Jesus on the Mainline," with the band accompanied by the Davell Crawford Singers. The mind-blowing thing is the sound; though this was recorded in a studio, the listener feels like she's in the middle of a throng of marchers, surrounded by the band and the choir. The second stage begins with a stunning rendering of "John the Revelator" that simulates being played at the gravesite and offers this bluesy prophetic read on the entrance of the departed into a new order prophesied. It is resolved in "I'll Fly Away," with Melody Palmer leading the choir in a rowdy statement of death's defeat. This is followed by an altar call in "Is There Anybody Here That Loves My Jesus?" The final stage -- leaving the cemetery for home -- is commenced by the funky read of "Down by the Riverside," and is resolved in the celebratory gratitude for mercy in "Amazing Grace." But this review does nothing, literally, to describe the sheer power of the transference of emotion that Funeral for a Friend does. This is easily the most heartfelt, honestly rendered, and stunningly captured moment of the DDBB's recording career; it belongs in every household where the celebration of life and its transition from the sorrow of death to the eternal afterlife is honored. It is not only a classic in the genre, but will come to be regarded as a jazz classic, period.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Indieblue Music
UPC:
0699675152628
catalogNumber:
51526

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dirty Dozen Brass Band   Primary Artist
Gregory Davis   Trumpet
David Hidalgo   Accordion
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone
Efrem Towns   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kevin Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Julius McKee   Sousaphone
Gregory Michael Davis   Trumpet
Terence Higgins   Drums
Sammie Williams   Trombone
Davell Singers Crawford   Vocals
Jeffrey Hills   Sousaphone
Jamie McClean   Guitar

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
A.E. Brumley   Composer
John Newton   Composer
Craig Street   Producer,Audio Production
William Stickles   Composer
Marc Allan   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Homer Morris   Composer
Wesley Fontenot   Engineer
Jason Mott   Engineer

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