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You Don't Know Me

by Jack Brass Band

Sounds straight from New Olreans - from the old school traditions of Louis Armstrong, to the modern street anthems of Mardi Gras - the JBB has you covered with this CD.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Brass Band
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1. Livin' for the City
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2. Dumpster Bump
4:54 $0.99
3. Freedom Jazz Dance
3:41 $0.99
4. Don't Drive Drunk
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5. WoG House
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6. Ooh Nah Nay
6:49 $0.99
7. Shake it and Break it
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8. Caravan
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9. Tampico Special
3:34 $0.99
10. The Preacher
3:39 $0.99
11. Shake Your Body Down to the Ground
3:57 $0.99
12. You Don't Know Me
4:49 $0.99
13. Who Goin' Do It?
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Album Notes
The JBB hits on all cylinders with their second full-length CD, 'You Don't Know Me."

Packed with 13 tracks that will make you think you're drinking a Budweiser and watching a Secondline come by on the streets of the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, this CD is ready to roll.

Keith Frazier, co-leader of New Orleans' ambassadors of funk 'n brass, the Rebirth Brass Band, wrote the liner notes, and here's an excerpt:

"If you didn't know any better, you would think these guys were born and raised in New Orleans...After listening to this CD, if you don't know now, you will know that the Jack Brass Band has crossed over into the brotherhood of New Orleans brass bands."

A recent review of a live performance by Peter Scholtes, City Pages, had this to say:

"JBB are more than a unique sound in Guitar Town: Having mastered the unstoppable beat they love, they got the floor jumping within three songs...and coaxing a dozen female dancers onstage for the finale."

They have also been recently featured by Chris Roberts on Minnesota Public Radio, (MPR).

Check out what all the buzz is about - 'cause it aint the feedback from the guitar!

Mike Olander (bass drum)
Jared Irish (snare drum)
Rob Seeger (sousaphone on 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13)
Erik Jacobson (sousaphone on 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13)
Matt Hanzelka (trombone)
Eric Johnson (trombone)
Paul Gronert (tenor saxophone)
Andy Hakala (trumpet, flugelhorn on 2)
Zack Lozier (trumpet)

Kelly Rossum (trumpet on 3)
Gus Sandberg (tenor saxophone on 2)
Jordan Cohen (percussion)



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You Don’t Know Me is highly recommended.
For more than a century, the streets of New Orleans echoed the sound of marching bands with colorful names like Olympia, Excelsior, Eagle, Tuxedo and the early St. Joseph band. Everyone had their favorites and the bands sprung from lodges, gentlemen’s clubs and secret societies. They brought music to the people via the streets.

The venerable Crescent City tradition continues today in spite of the numerous setbacks endured by the population and musicians of the birthplace of jazz. The names may have changed to more current monikers like Soul Rebels, Dirty Dozen, Forgotten Souls, Rebirth, Lil Rascals, To Be Continued and All For One, but the music is still free and reaches the folks at street level. One of the popular marching bands today is “The Treme Brass Band” proudly representing the neighborhood of the same name. Recently, the Treme Band, led by “Uncle” Benny Jones and bass drummer Lionel “Unk” Batiste, welcomed a couple of guest musicians from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both were members of the Jack Brass Band.

While jazz fans may be entertained by authentic sounding New Orleans bands in clubs around the world from London to Copenhagen, Paris, Melbourne or Tokyo, the marching bands are far fewer in number. The young group in Minneapolis used a play on words when naming their band and titling this CD. In down to earth terms, “You don’t know Jack.” Their hometown is a thousand miles from New Orleans but the music hasn’t changed. Like the Rebirth and Dirty Dozen, the Jack Brass Band plays some of the traditional oldies but tailors familiar compositions by current songwriters to the “street beat” style of the Big Easy. You Don’t Know Me features a couple of Stevie Wonder hits, “Livin’ For The City” and “Don’t Drive Drunk.” You’ll recognize Michael Jackson’s 1979 million-seller “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground).” Traditionalists will love the young band’s versions of “Shake It And Break It” and “Ooh Nah Nay.” The latter is reminiscent of the Indian shouts that became associated with Saint Joseph Day parades in New Orleans. The “JBB” throws in great takes of Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and Horace Silver’s perennial “The Preacher.”

Our favorites were some of the pieces penned by members of the band. “You Don’t Know Me” is a product of the pens of leader Mike Olander and trombonist Matt Hanzelka. Eric Johnson is responsible for “Dumpster Bump,” “WoG House,” “Tampico Special” and the incessantly swinging “Who Goin’ Do It?” The latter is a fitting closer for the album in that it illustrates what New Orleans music is all about “RHYTHM” and “EXCITEMENT.”

”Tampico Special” echoes some of the rhythms and melodies of South Africa with nice solos by Eric Johnson and Paul Gronert. The two sousaphone players offer the growling sound always associated with New Orleans outfits and things really heat up when both musicians play together on “Ooh Nah Nay” and “Who Goin’ Do It.” The three percussionists come together on several tunes too. Bass drummer Mike Olander and snare drummer Jared Irish play as one man. Jordan Cohen adds cymbals and other percussion.

The title song “You Don’t Know Me” begins with the sound of a touch-tone phone dialing a New Orleans number and a computer voice stating “Due to extensive storm damage, the number you are calling may be unavailable for an extended period.” The Jack Brass Band did their best to lend a hand to their Crescent City brothers in the aftermath of Katrina. They sent instruments, financial aid, clothing and helped line up gigs. New Orleans returned the favor and the liner notes for this CD are penned by Keith Frazier, co-leader of the Rebirth Brass band.

You Don’t Know Me is highly recommended.

All About Jazz

Jack Brass Band has crafted a truly winning album
At first thought, the notion of a New Orleans-style brass band based in Minneapolis recalls the famed Jamaican bobsled team. However, similarities between the two quickly disappear once you listen to You Don’t Know Me. After all, the plucky Jamaican team ultimately finished the Olympics in 28th place, while the Jack Brass Band has crafted a truly winning album.

While obviously working in the tradition of native New Orleans bands, the Jack Brass Band should be given credit for adding its own twist to the form. You Don’t Know Me features a creative choice of material, including tunes by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington, in addition to original compositions.

Wonder’s “Livin’ For The City” is an inspired opening number that's given a pumping and roaring workout. Erik Jacobson’s forceful sousaphone playing is a particular highlight, seemingly pulling the entire band into focus at precisely the right moment. Jackson's “Shake Your Body Down To The Ground” rides along on a driving, rolling and tumbling bed of percussion.

Another high point that's particularly notable considering the strength of compositions surrounding it is trombonist Eric Johnson’s “Dumpster Bump,” which features a lovely, intricate arrangement that seems to merge brass band with big band. The combination of lyricism and groove is truly impressive.

The members of the Jack Brass Band obviously have a deep love for the music that inspired them. At the same time, they have the good sense not to treat the tradition like a museum piece. By adding their own vision, they help to keep this music vital—and that is the highest tribute it can be paid.