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One of the first of a younger generation of New Orleans brass bands to recognize the inherent connection between New Orleans secondline funk and contemporary hip hop, The Coolbone Brass Band broke out of the Crescent City scene to tour and collaborate in the mid-‘90s with such well-known musical artists as Wyclef Jean, David Byrne, Busta Rhymes, Ziggy Marley, Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, and Counting Crows.

The core and front line of this innovative ensemble is built around four brothers: leader Steven “Coolbone” Johnson on trombone, Ernest Johnson on trumpet, Darryl Johnson on alto sax, and Ronell “Roo” Johnson on tuba and trombone and tuba, with the four complemented by a first-class rhythm section.

Throughout this recording, the touring band is augmented by licks from one of the most prominent young lions to emerge from the New Orleans scene in many years, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and on the final six tracks, pianist Ronald Markham joins the proceedings to create a sit-down, sextet, jazz setting.

The first ten tracks celebrate the roots of New Orleans brass band music, marching through the streets of the city playing everything from hymns and dirges to swinging spirituals and funky dance tunes.

Through a series of eight original compositions – check out “Jazzitize,” “Tromboniana,” “Bird Be Free,” “It All Happened Here,” and more -- Coolbone also recognizes the influence of modern jazz cats like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, and The jazz Crusaders on the band’s development.

Seamlessly mixing old and new, The Coolbone Swing troupe is a unique and outstanding musical achievement sure to delight jazz fans of every generation.

 
   

 

 

SEE SEE RIDER

JAZZITIZE

SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT

LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART

TROMBONIANA

JESUS KEEPS ME NEAR THE CROSS

DOWN IN HONKY TONK TOWN

SOMEBODY ELSE IS TAKING MY PLACE

EXACTLY LIKE YOU

BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME BACK HOME

BIRD BE FREE

WON’T YOU STAY WITH ME

COOLBONE’S BOUNCE

BLOW THAT HORN

IT ALL STARTED HERE

LONG WALK HOME

 

 

   

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