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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: This Is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band [Shout! Factory, 2005]
Strange to think it, but this amorphous outfit--go ahead, name a soloist--may be New Orleans's most original modern band, and also its most tipico, which is why. What could be more eclectically tourist-friendly than bebop-flecked polyphony over "funk" bass played on a sousaphone doing tuba duty? Yet it can be fun, no quotation marks necessary, at least on this comp, which is both looser and less schlocky than the leavings strung together on Columbia/Legacy's Jazz Moods--Hot cheapo--and includes a solo you'd want to ID, by one John Birks Gillespie, who provides a vocal you'd want to ID as well. [Recyclables]