The New Birth Brass Band
D-Boy is different from some of its predecessors in that the band's line-up lacks a saxophone. The tuba and trombone aren't quite so high in the mix. And there's not much reggae influence. New Birth's sound revolves around the dueling trumpets of Derrick Shezbie (he's the little kid in the early editions of the Rebirth Brass Band) and James "12" Andrews.
Andrews plays trumpet like Albert Collins played guitar -- in your face, but always with a comforting sense of humor. He and Shezbie, who's more of a finesse player, go after each other on every cut. Together, they're a fire hazard.
The band sticks to its roots with souped-up covers of Professor Longhair's "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," the traditional "Lil' Liza Jane" and "Whoopin' Blues" and -- are you ready for this? -- Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Jesus on the Main Line." There's also a ton of original material, including Andrews' own "Smoke That Fire (On the Bayou)" and "Caribbean Second Line," which samples, among other things, Harry Belafonte's familiar "Day-O."
So turn off your air conditioner, crank up the humidity, surround yourself with crooked politicians, slip D-Boy in the ol' CD player and -- presto! -- you're on Treme Street. This is great stuff.
-- Dave Ranney