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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Voodoo (Columbia)

Jon Young, Musician, May 1989

HAVING BACKED Elvis Costello (Spike) and inspired David Byrne (The Knee Plays), the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans may be poised to capture the hearts and ears of pop fans hungry for a little serious jazz. Then again, maybe not, because Voodoo can't be considered a high-minded venture by any stretch. Instead, the Dirty Dozen's first major-label outing (following two indie discs) is a consistently genial, sometimes goofy, set distinguished by tons of good, hard blowing. Screw art, let's wail, as it were.

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