Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial - 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band - Album Review

Fri, Oct 23, 2015, 00:00


Vicennial - 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

Hot 8 Brass Band

Tru Thoughts

R&B / Soul

Over the past two decades, New Orleans’s high-stepping brass brigade have fired things up in some style on albums like The Life & Times Of . . . and Tombstone.

If you’re looking for boisterous sounds which bump and grind and stomp and thump, their mess of blues, jazz and funk always hits the mark.

Here, they let the good times roll with a selection of tracks which show off their steamy mood music.

There’s a magnificent take on Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, a barnstorming version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone and a beautifully striking and passionate reading of Garfield Haywood’s gospel spiritual We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City.

Their own tracks are just as stirring, particularly an emotional New Orleans, After the City and the rousing racket of Take It to the House.