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Blues and Brass CDs
Gary Edwards
PO Box 770616
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 352 1303
Info@soundofneworleans.com




BEST OF THE BRASS BANDS
SONO 1049
$15.00 + $3.00 S&H


The Brass Band tradition has deep roots in the musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans, home of the world's finest jazz bands. This recording of New Orleans favorites by great bands has the real spirit that you find only in New Orleans. The compilation is a joyful and spirited lesson in the very special style of music that New Orleans has become famous for!

These recordings have been greatly influenced by the generations of legendary players of the fine brass bands from the past: A bold and brassy style of music that was born and bred in corner bars, back alleys and street parades in New Orleans. In recent years, there has been a growth in the number of brass bands playing traditional music. Many have added prominent musicians and singers to their recordings with great success. Many parts are needed to create New Orleans jazz. A great, throbbing rhythm section; a high energy brass section and a reed section that gives feeling to the music, along with the songs and chants that give New Orleans Jazz its unique flavor!

The original brass bands played parades, but they also played dances and parties. Looking at the titles of the songs on this recording, you will begin to get a feel for what Sound Of New Orleans has tried to achieve with this compilation. From the funeral dirge tempo of Just A Closer Walk With Thee, through the wildly exciting Saints Go Marching In. As the title says, these are The Best Of The Brass Bands.

This collection could only come from the vaults of Sound Of New Orleans. These recordings represent an accurate picture of the development of the “Golden Period  of brass bands in New Orleans. When producer Gary J. Edwards recorded the first Treme Brass Band CD in the late 80s, he opened the door for many of the working funeral parade brass bands to be heard. Until that time, most of the recordings available were primarily of the Dejean Olympia Brass Band. As great a band as the Olympia is, they do not represent the multitude of musical flavors that were being served in New Orleans. In the ensuing years, many brass bands have had successful recordings and many styles have surfaced. Arguably the first “Rap  type brass band recording was the High Steppers Brass Band s “Sixth Ward Jam.  Coolbone Brass band became Coolbone Brass Hop on the Disney label.
You can catch a musical snap shot of some of the most interesting brass band music ever recorded with this one collection.

Groups and songs:

TREME BRASS BAND
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead
Wonderful World
Saints/Mama Don't Allow
ALGIERS BRASS BAND
Lord, Lord, Lord
Joe Avery's Blues
THE HIGH STEPPERS BRASS BAND
Sixth Ward Jam
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
THE COOLBONE BRASS BAND
See See Rider
THE REGAL JAZZ BAND / SMITTY DEE BRASS BAND
Muskrat Ramble
MAHOGANY BRASS BAND
I Scream, You Scream
St. James Infirmary
We Will Understand it Better
PLACIDE ADAMS ORIGINAL DIXIELAND HALL JAZZ BAND
Just A Closer Walk with thee- Funeral music

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