The Bass Geek - Words about Music, Circuitry, and New Orleans
The Bass Geek
18Jan/080

The Big Guns

I'm being blown away recently by this CD my wife picked up for me in New Orleans from the Lil Rascals Brass Band, if only because of the audacious take on "For The Love Of Money." That's a hell of a lot to ask of a tuba player, but he manages to pull it off.

I think it's that need of space for breath and stamina that makes it so appealing, though. Each note has to be chosen and executed well, because you've got to take another breath to get ready for the next round. Consequently, you end up with some spare but extremely funky lines for the rest of the horns to play over.

This whole CD doesn't let up - good stuff all around. The place where she got it from (Odyssey Records) doesn't have a web presence, and the band's site seems about ten years out of date. It looks like you can order it from this location, though. The site seems to have better liner notes than the CD, too - I'm just now noticing the Cyril Neville and Kermit Ruffin credits. It's not a new recording by any means, but there you go.