Medicated Magic (Atlantic)

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
In their quarter-century career, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band have moved out of the New Orleans parade tradition to play gigs with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Elvis Costello, all the while honing their own sound into a funky, horn-laden stew of jazz and blues. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Dozen go back home for a set of Crescent City gems. Under the leadership of founding member and trumpet player Gregory Davis, the band invite a multitude of guests to their recording party. On Allen Toussaint’s “Everything I Do Gon' Be Funky,” Dr. John adds his gris-gris growl, while vocalist John Bell of Widespread Panic sings the Good Dr.'s tune “Walk on Gilded ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
In their quarter-century career, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band have moved out of the New Orleans parade tradition to play gigs with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Elvis Costello, all the while honing their own sound into a funky, horn-laden stew of jazz and blues. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Dozen go back home for a set of Crescent City gems. Under the leadership of founding member and trumpet player Gregory Davis, the band invite a multitude of guests to their recording party. On Allen Toussaint’s “Everything I Do Gon' Be Funky,” Dr. John adds his gris-gris growl, while vocalist John Bell of Widespread Panic sings the Good Dr.'s tune “Walk on Gilded Spinters.” Several numbers, including the Meters’ “Cissy Strut,” feature the searing guitar of Robert Randolph, though none of his churchy Sacred Steel work is at play here. Even the hot vocalist of the moment, Norah Jones, is invited to give a vulnerable rendition of the Irma Thomas signature tune, “Ruler of My Heart.” And DJ Logic steps up the turntables for the Meters’ “Africa.” As for the Dozen, they blast away on “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Party” and “We Got Robbed,” an autobiographical number about having all their equipment stolen (it was eventually found and returned). But the main message on Medicated Magic is that the Dozen can dose up all kinds of music, skillfully blending in some additives from the pop and rock worlds.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
New Orleans' most famous, well-traveled, and recorded brass band celebrates its 25th anniversary with its ninth release. Best known in rock circles for contributions to albums from the Black Crowes, Elvis Costello, and especially Widespread Panic with whom they toured and whose John Bell appears as guest vocalist on a track, the hotshot horn men offer few surprises on this disc predominantly comprised of popular Crescent City classics. But why bother stretching boundaries when their sound remains unique, stimulating, and inspiring? Adding a full-time keyboardist and guitar fleshes out but doesn't dilute the seven tooting horns as they tear through an inspired if slightly obvious set of covers from hometown legends Aaron Neville "Tell It Like It Is", the Meters "Africa," "Cissy Strut", Irma Thomas "Ruler of My Heart", and Dr. John "Walk on Gilded Splinters," "Junko Partner" with infectious enthusiasm. Guests range from sacred steel guitar master Robert Randolph -- whose soaring, hair-raising solos on three tracks infuse even more goosebumps than the already nail-biting musicianship -- to Dr. John on vocals and piano, DJ Logic adding nifty scratching doesn't appreciably update the Dozens' down-home approach, and jazzman Olu Dara. Sexy chanteuse Norah Jones gets slinky on the most sensuous version of "Ruler of My Heart" ever recorded, and Dr. John's gritty vocals make the slow-groove version of Allen Toussaint's "Everything I Do Gon' Be Funky" even better than Lee Dorsey's original. But no matter how often you've heard these tunes, the Dirty Dozen's crackling second-line rhythms, bumping tuba basslines, and uncanny ability to shift from boiling low-down gumbo to cool jazz make the versions here essential listening. "It Ain't Nothin' but a Party," as they say in the appropriately titled opening track.
New York Times
Twenty-five years on from its New Orleans debut, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band continues to be a national treasure: steeped in both the past and the present, impossible to categorize, and mighty funky.
Entertainment Weekly
Celebrates their achievements as genre saviors

Twenty-five years on from its New Orleans debut, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band continues to be a national treasure: steeped in both the past and the present, impossible to categorize, and mighty funky.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Rope A Dope
  • UPC: 821838293125
  • Catalog Number: 931202
  • Sales rank: 47,673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't Nothin' But a Party (6:33)
  2. 2 Walk on Gilded Splinters - John Bell (5:28)
  3. 3 Cissy Strut - Robert Randolph (6:57)
  4. 4 Ruler of My Heart - Norah Jones (2:59)
  5. 5 Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) (4:20)
  6. 6 We Got Robbed (6:34)
  7. 7 Junko Partner (3:53)
  8. 8 Tell It Like It Is - Robert Randolph (5:05)
  9. 9 Africa (7:09)
  10. 10 Big Chief (7:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Primary Artist
Dr. John Piano, Vocals
Olu Dara Trumpet, Vocals
John Bell Vocals
Gregory Davis Trumpet, Vocals
Roger Lewis Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
James McLean Guitar, Vocals
Efrem Towns Trumpet, Vocals
Kevin Harris Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
DJ Logic Turntables
Julius McKee Sousaphone, Vocals
Frederick Sanders Keyboards, Vocals
Terence Higgins Drums, Vocals
Robert Randolph Pedal Steel Guitar, Track Performer
Norah Jones Vocals
Sammie Williams Trombone, Vocals
Terrence Higgens Drums
Technical Credits
Art Neville Composer
John Bell Vocal Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Craig Street Producer, Audio Production
Steve Debro Executive Producer
S. "Husky" Hoskulds Engineer
Aaron Luis Levinson Liner Notes
David Bias Art Direction
Brandon Mason Engineer
John Anaya Engineer
Joseph Modeliste Composer
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