Ray Anderson tailgates down to New Orleans with this edition of his Pocket Brass Band, a brass band in miniature. He’s pared down the traditional brass band instrumentation to himself, Matt Perrine on sousaphone, trumpeter Lew Soloff and the adroit, versatile drummer Bobby Previte. Despite spare instrumentation the breadth of sound Anderson and company achieve is impressive. Following Anderson’s trombonely trajectory, this particular stopover is a logical destination. He’s always been an old soul with a modern outlook, seasoned with an active sense of humor. His predilection towards the alligator reveals itself here as the cheeky “The Alligatory Abagua.”
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