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Kermit Ruffins with the Rebirth Brass Band: Throwback

Not to give props to us music critics, but when artists write their own liner notes the results can come off as vague, obtuse or just plain hyperbolic. In his notes for Throwback, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins takes four pages to explain how he and tuba man Philip Frazier founded the Rebirth Jazz Band when both were still in high school. He throws in plenty of exclamation points, and he writes like he talks: “They kept tipping and we was trippin!” Then again, taking the N’awlins drawl and vernacular out of Ruffins would take with it the excitement that he conveys both in print and on disc.

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