Thursday, February 22, 2007
Still More Fantastic Music
Sitting here daydreaming about our upcoming trip to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Last time I was there, my mother urged me to go with her to see an all-trombone band, Bonerama. I was skeptical. But when I got to their stage, it totally blew my head off! Those guys can PLAY. They bill themselves as New Orleans Brass Funk Rock. They're all extremely accomplished musicians and members of other well known bands.
Hearing them live is bestest and most excellent, but you can get a feel for them on their myspace page HERE. My favorite cut on their myspace page is War Pigs, check it out.
Reviews from their site:
"There is a lot of great music that is characteristic of New Orleans, but Bonerama defines the heart of this magic city's artistic freedom, a combination of seemingly disparate elements that make perfect sense when heard together. There are other groups of trombonists, but none interacting with a drummer as explosive as Russell Batiste Jr. and definitely none who play a cover of Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." " - John Swenson, Editor of Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide
"The band's new release, "Live From New York", shatters any preconceived notions listeners may have about the role of the trombone in a musical ensemble. There are passages psychedelically mind melting, hauntingly beautiful, furiously syncopated and filled with scorching virtuosity." -City Life Magazine
"The Ultimate in Brass Balls" -Rolling Stone Magazine
"Hands down the hottest group to hit the scene in this town in years." - Where Y'at, Magazine
"A powerful and fresh sound unlike any New Orleans has ever produced" - Offbeat Critics Choice: Top 10 Louisiana CDs of 2001, March 2001
"One of the Top 20 CDs of Louisiana from 2001" - Keith Spera, Times-Picayune
"A totally fresh sound...a hip new universe of musical delights" - Michael Dominici, New Orleans
"The number 2 overall selling CD during Jazz Fest: Bonerama, "LIVE From New York"- Offbeat Magazine