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My Joy

by Amy Duncan & Brass Tacks

Nine Brazilian guys and an American gal - she writes the music (a tasty mix of jazz with samba, bossa nova, African rhythms, funk, etc.), plays piano and percussion, and they wail on seven brass horns, bass and drums.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Passarinho do Mato
5:10 $0.99
2. Fadood
3:46 $0.99
3. It's Just Impossible
5:12 $0.99
4. Roach Motel
5:35 $0.99
5. Bossa For Borodin
5:36 $0.99
6. Native American Bop
5:29 $0.99
7. My Joy
3:38 $0.99
8. Monk Creeps In
3:36 $0.99
9. Dunc Funk
5:12 $0.99
10. Cosmic Puzzle
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Imagine a gaggle of trumpets, trombones, euphoniums (what the heck are they?), a tuba, bass, drums and piano in your face with rousing, stomping jazz rhythms, samba, African beats, Middle Eastern melodies, avant-garde funk, a touch of salsa, and....well, you get the idea. You've just discovered BRASS TACKS (as in "getting down to").

Amy Duncan is the creator of this American pianist, percussionist, writer and arranger who hails from Manhattan (where she first put BRASS TACKS together in 1984), and has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for nine years where she put the band together with all Brazilian guys, born and bred (thus their penchant for playing killer sambas)and recorded "My Joy." Call it "Birth of the Cool" meets World Beat, if you will, BRASS TACKS dishes up a happy smorgasbord of international flavors.

Oh, and yeah, there really are two euphoniums in the band. In case you didn't know, they're the things that look like baby tubas that you usually see in Salvation Army bands. But you won't find any hymns in the BRASS TACKS repertoire. Amy's feisty compositions weave a tapestry whose warp is jazz, but whose woof extends all the way from Brazil to Ghana and back, via the U.S. and Cuba. One of the band's most requested numbers, "Roach Motel," tells the tale of how the little buggers take off on vacation but encounter an unpleasant surprise, and features a rap by the guys in the band, yep you guessed it: "They check in, but they don't check out!"

A couple of comments from fans:

"That first track had me believing that I was in Rio....during Carnival (or is it Carnaval?)....and practicing my samba with the throngs that mob the streets during that festival. On second thought, there probably isn't much demand for sedentary, bald, albino-like Norwegians so its perhaps best that I confine my fantasies to the living room."

"I LOVE your CD and am so impressed you could run off to South America and put together a re-creation of your New York band. I bet if you moved to Alaska you could get a bunch of Eskimos and polar bears together and do the same thing - or Hawaii and get dolphins and sea turtles to do it there."



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Madora McKenzie Kibbe

This is a truly GREAT CD! Buy it or else!
I have had the pleasure of knowing Amy Duncan's music for more years than I wish to tell you, but she is a true jazz artist, and a samba fiend. Her album will make you smile 24/7 and make you think too, 8 days a week. I love Monk Creeps in the best. Here's hoping she and Brass Tacks make another CD Real Soon!

Alan Brian Curtis -

Roach Motel is awesome!
Here's some of the dialogue going on in my mind as as I listened:
"That's a cool Roaches!! I see roaches scurrying 'round my basement apt back in Miami Beach as I turned on the kitchen light in the middle of the night!! AAHHHHHHHH!!! Too many to try and step on them, Who am I listening to? Zawinul. That's Joe Zawinul. Weather Report. Awesome Joe!!! No wait that's Amy....!! Amy is baaaaad!!! What was she thinking when she wrote this piece??? She must have taken some LSD. No I bet she's never taken LSD. That's just pure inspiration from the the cosmos. Shut up and listen to the rest of the song. "They check in but they don't check out."
The whole time I'm dialoging in my mind I have a grin on my face. That song is literally a trip! Brilliant!

Jerry Davidson

My Joy has truly turned into my joy :-) The wonderful blend of instruments tromping through the great compositions has made driving in my car very pleasurable, even when I'm stuck at railroad crossings ! You can tell that everyone's having one heck of a good time. The music truly smiles :-)

Christine Hartzell

I love My Joy and the Bossa number as they really get my attention.
This CD is quite different for me and I am enjoying it, Love
most MY JOY and the Bossa For Borodin.

Timothy James Marabeas

Brassy, brilliant, and compelling!
It doesn't get any better than this! As soon as "My Joy" arrived, I slapped it down and turned it on and WOW! I had to play it again and again. The only other CD I've EVER listened to consecutively was Dave McKenna's "Giant Strides". This is brilliant stuff, and I thank Amy for pulling it off!