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Youngblood Brass Band: Center:Level:Roar

The Youngblood Brass Band, which hails out of Wisconsin, not the Crescent City, has been making considerable noise with their lively blend of rap with New Orleans second-line groove. Led by sousaphonist Nat McIntosh, Youngblood gives up the funk, remarkably, on their latest, center:level:roar (Ozone), which has the same collegiate charm as Dallas Austin’s movie Drumline. There’s no profound musical revelation unveiled here by the horn charts or drummer and rapper David Henzie-Skogen’s hyped-up MCing, but the music is nevertheless well executed and infectious, especially the choppy “Avalanche” and the Youngblood’s rip-roaring take on Michael Jackson’s classic “Human Nature.”

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