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Classic Album Reviews: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band | We Got Robbed: Live in New Orleans / Widespread Panic With The Dirty Dozen Brass Band | Night of Joy

Get a double dose of the horn-driven New Orleans nonet with these two releases.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Jam bands come in all shapes and sizes. But they don’t come much hornier — or much funkier — than New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

This long-serving horn-driven nonet consistently dish up bumptious beats, low-rolling sousaphone bass lines, rollicking party anthems, and more Crescent City enthusiasm than a month of Mardi Gras. And thanks to a stroke of very good juju, you can wrap your taste buds around two finger-licking good helpings of the Dirties’ delicious Creole gumbo this month. The first, Night of Joy, finds the boys reteaming with old pals and fequent collaborators Widespread Panic. The rocking Georgia sextet bring their Allman Brothers-meet-The Dead songs and southern-fried jam vibe; the Dozens supply plenty of percolating licks and hip-swivelling grooves. The result is an event that easily lives upto its name.

But for my money, it still doesn’t top We Got Robbed, the DDBB’s 10th release and first live album in far too long. Recorded on the band’s home turf, this is a nine-slice combo of irresistible funkitude and stellar musicianship, with these beautiful blowhards revisiting the best tunes from their past few studio albums, along with a couple of new tracks and even a smoking cover of George Clinton’s Parliament chestnut Red Hot Mama for good measure. With We Got Robbed, you definitely get your money’s worth.