Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Heavyweights Brass Band - This City (LULAWORLD RECORDS March 9th, 2018)

‘This City won't wash away. This City won't ever drown.’ The words of outlaw poet Steve Earle echo through the Heavyweights Brass Band's newest release, This City.  In their highly anticipated third full-length album, the Heavyweights have taken a pilgrimage to the city that has inspired them since their inception. Recorded in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz ,with a second-line of special guests from groups such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trumpet Mafia and many more, the  Heavyweights bring a fresh, energetic take on a deeply grounded tradition.

Not forgetting their roots in Toronto, where they cut their teeth in the most diverse and  multicultural music scene on the planet, the album also furthers their hometown collaborations with the 10-time Grammy contributor Kevin Breit on guitar and Canada's reigning queen of jazz, blues and gospel Jackie Richardson on vocals. This City paints a beautiful duality between two cities that have informed their music and is without a doubt the strongest release from Canada's reigning champions of feel-good horn music. 

This City will be officially released worldwide on Friday, March 9th, 2018 and will be celebrated with a performance in Toronto at Lula Lounge on Thursday, March 29th, 2018.  This City is available from Slammin Media and distributed World Wide by Believe Distribution.

Ever since the Dirty Dozen and the Rebirth created the genre "New Brass Band," their tradition has been innovation.  This tradition is alive and well with this offering from the Heavyweights Brass Band.  Expect big things from this band. Davis Rogan

The Heavyweights Brass Band’s newest recording, This City, is a celebration of New Orleans horn styles of past, and present and brings the songs into tomorrow.  With elements of gospel, traditional New Orleans jazz and brass lines recalling the Dirty Dozen(Roger Lewis guests,) and Rebirth; The HW.B.B. crafts tunes that resonate in your bones, booty and soul! Murf Reeves - WWOZ Radio

1. Hands Down Lo’ (Butcher)  3:35
2. Tell Me Something Good (Stevie Wonder)  4:51
3. Two Foot Ticket (Richards)  3:49
4. I’ve Got Time For You (Metcalfe)  3:18
5. Roger’s Intro (Roger Lewis)  0:40
6. Dance Out on the Corner (Metcalfe)  5:15
7. Rosco’s Big Hit (Richards)  3:52
8. This City (Steve Earle)  3:03

John Pittman - Trumpet
Chris Butcher - Trombone
Paul Metcalfe - Tenor Saxophone
Tom Richards - Tuba
Lowell Whitty - Drums

Jackie Richardson - Vocals
Kevin Breit - Guitar and Mandolin
Roger Lewis - Baritone Saxophone
Ashlin Parker - Trumpet
Joe Lastie - Bass Drum
Eugene Grant - Vocals, Congas, Trumpet
Marla Dixon - Vocals