Dirty Dozen Brass Band
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Esempio di funk music di New Orleans fu quello della Dirty Dozen Brass Band, formata nel 1977 da un gruppo di percussionisti e ottoni (Gregory Davis on trumpet), ed esordita con il singolo Blackbird Special (1979), che sta a meta` strada fra un complesso di bebop e una banda marciante. Fedele alla tradizione del Mardi Gras, a partire da My Feet Can't Fail Me Now (1984) e New Orleans (1989) contamina il jazz con lo spirito della danza di strada, spaziando con allegria e buon umore dal jump-blues di New Orleans al funk di James Brown, con puntate persino in area Voodoo (1989).

The New Orleans Album (1990) is a tribute to their city that includes several original compositions as well as classics interpreted with help from competent guests. Open Up (1991) is exemplary of their fusion of jazz, funk and reggae. Jelly (1993) was a tribute to Jelly Roll Morton. Ears To The Wall (1996) and Buck Jump (1999) were relatively disappointing collections. Medicated Magic (2002) is the usual hodgepodge of New Orleans covers. Funeral For A Friend (2004) is, de facto, a gospel album.

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