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Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee: Heels Over Head

Here, drummer Billy Martin, of the inimitable Medeski Martin & Wood, leads his compact avant-brass group through its second release. Its name derived from Shake Your Wicked Knees (a compilation of piano rags, blues and stomps of the ’20s and ’30s), the quartet includes fellow Lounge Lizard Steven Bernstein on trumpets, tuba player Marcus Rojas and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes. Together they explore the New Orleans brass-band tradition through the prism of Downtown NYC jazz.

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