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Life & Times Of...
     

The Life & Times Of...

by The Hot 8 Brass Band
 
It's hard to believe that the second full-length release from the Hot 8 Brass Band wasn't recorded at a live gig, as the energy level is consistently high throughout The Life & Times Of... . Similar to the Lil' Rascals Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band, the potent mix of brass bands, funk, and hip-hop has made

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It's hard to believe that the second full-length release from the Hot 8 Brass Band wasn't recorded at a live gig, as the energy level is consistently high throughout The Life & Times Of... . Similar to the Lil' Rascals Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band, the potent mix of brass bands, funk, and hip-hop has made their reputation solid, not only around their New Orleans home base, but throughout the world. The band also received exposure with an appearance in Spike Lee's documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, and on HBO's Treme. While some lyrical content portrays the darker side of the band's existence -- three members have been killed; the devastation of Hurricane Katrina -- the music itself is 100-percent second-line. The album kicks off with "Steamin Blues," a mixture of the traditional brass band sound with a modern twist. On the remaining cuts, that formula is slightly reversed. The titles tell their story "New Orleans (After the City)," "Can't Hide from the Truth," "War Time," and a reworking of the Rebirth Brass Band's "Let Me Do My Thing," previously released on Rebirth's 2001 disc Hot Venom. Another notable twist is their choice of two cover versions: Basement Jaxx's "Bingo Bango," and the Specials' "Ghost Town." In the context of brass band music, these are not songs that would immediately come to mind as complementing that style. But in the hands of the Hot 8, not only do they make it work, it coheres entirely throughout the disc. The Life & Times Of... is a solid and recommended release.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
Label:
Tru Thoughts
UPC:
5060205153579
catalogNumber:
515357
Rank:
49310

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hot 8 Brass Band   Primary Artist
John Gilbert   Saxophone,Soloist
Wendell Stewart   Saxophone
Shamarr Allen   Trumpet,Rap,Soloist
Harry Cook   Bass Drums
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Soloist
Sammy Cyrus   Snare Drums
Alvarez "Big Al" Huntley   Rap
Bennie Pete   Tuba
Clarence Slaughter   Saxophone
Raymond Williams   Trumpet
Gregory Veals   Trombone
Terrell Batiste   Trumpet
Dwaynne Finny   Trombone
Corey Payton   Trombone
Takashi Matsumura   Guitar
Jerreau Fournett   Trombone

Technical Credits

Tyrus Chapman   Composer
Jerry Dammers   Composer
Jerome Jones   Composer
Joseph Williams   Composer
Simon Ratcliffe   Composer
Felix Buxton   Composer
Robert Luis   Liner Notes
Alvarez "Big Al" Huntley   Composer
Keith Davey   Art Direction
Chadrick Honore   Composer
Raymond Williams   Composer
Gregory Veals   Composer
Terrell Batiste   Composer
Dinerral Shavers   Composer
Corey Payton   Composer
Rolando Ibata   Composer
Jose Ibata   Composer

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