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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bananaware
  • ASIN: B0000541QW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bump & Sway
2. Breakfast at Volo's
3. Stiff Pickin'
4. Memphis - Deep Banana Blackout
5. Tug - Deep Banana Blackout
6. Getchall in the Mood
Disc: 2
1. Trip
2. Rocker
3. Hear My Song
4. International Blues
5. Pure Gravity
6. God Made U
7. Boot!

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About the Artist

Deep Banana Blackout has become one of the most successful acts to come out of the Northeast in more than a decade. In the last year alone, they played over two hundred shows nationwide. From soul, funk and jazz to latin, metal and psychedelia, their diverse sound combines elements of the many influences that the band has acquired over the years.

Deep Banana Blackout formed in the summer of 1995 when members of two bands ("Tongue & Groove" from CT. and "Pack of Matches" from Long Island, NY) joined forces in their spare time to run through old Funk & Soul standards. As the band members' chemistry became apparent, all other projects fell by the wayside so that they could focus on writing and arranging material for what had become Deep Banana Blackout.

In July of 1997, DBB released their first studio effort entitled Live in the Thousand Islands. The album was recorded in Hartford, CT in the old Colt.45 building and was produced by the band members themselves. The sound spans many genre, each of them dance-inducing.

In February of 1999, Deep Banana Blackout released their second recording, a double live CD called Rowdy Duty. The album was recorded in one night at 7 Willow St. in Port Chester, NY. The disc showcases the band’s energetic live performance and ability to improvise as well as their songwriting skills.

In 1999, the band's label Artkin Touchya Records released B'Gock!, a side project for DBB's guitarist Fuzz and his band "On the Corner w/ Fuzz" Also in '99 Drummer Eric Kalb and percussioninst Johnny Durkin went to work on jazz legend John Scofield's latest Verve release Bump. The album was featured on Billboard jazz charts and helped introduce DBB to a whole new (and appreciative!) jazz market. They were featured at the Newport Jazz Festival in the summer of 2000, as well as being the focal point of a feature article in Jazz Times.

From Irving Plaza in NYC to the Great American Music Hall in San Fransisco to Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans, Deep Banana Blackout has shown their undeniably addictive show to sold-out clubs and theaters nationwide. Their incessant touring and marathon shows prove that this is a band that loves what they do.

All of these accomplishments could not happen without the DBB core audience, known as "the Funk Mob". They are a group of dedicated fans that will travel wherever the band is to help spread the energy that the band conveys. DBB currently has a nationwide mailing list of over 10,000 names. The band has become a "homegrown" success story, doing all of their business from their in-house production company. All business management, publicity, promotions, distribution and merchandising are handled by the full time staff and volunteers that work out of the band's Fairfield County, CT. office.

In the fall of 2000, the band underwent a few changes, and continues to offer an eclectic and exciting sound, by adding Hope Clayburn on alto sax, flute and vocals and Bryan Smith on trombone. The rest of the band consists of Fuzz on guitar & vocals, Rob Somerville on tenor and soprano sax & vocals, Benj LeFevre on bass, Cyrus Madan on organ, Johnny Durkin on percussion and Eric Kalb on drums. Deep Banana Blackout offers a powerful sound that is the sum of it's parts as well as showcasing each member's individual talent.

Deep Banana Blackout is on a mission to create and perform music which makes the band and audience collapse in a sweaty, exhausted heap of ecstatic bliss.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erik Dana on April 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is easily one of the best albums I own. I dare anyone to listen to this and not feel like moving to the music. The horns are phenomenal and Jen Durkin's voice is both powerful and soulful. The band locks into a groove from the start and never lets go. You can tell the audience is into it and the band feeds off of their energy. Definately pick this one up if you like high energy jazz/funk.
Also, if you ever get a chance to see this band live, don't pass on the opportunity. They know how to funk up a joint and bring incredible energy to the stage. They sound pretty good too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Palmer on July 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
i witnessed the fine musical talent of DBB [...] in 1999, and was blown away in the little venue, a similar recording of the tracks on this disc are bringing flashbacks! this album is pumpin with great music, the horns are crucial and do the job right! AMAZING!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wally gator on June 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm talking about vocalist Jen Durkin. She's a combustion of raw feelings waiting to be unleashed whenever she touches that microphone. Think Janis Joplin times a hundred and five. This chick WILL get you up so that you can get down, no matter who or what you think you are.

The rest of the band doesn't struggle to keep up. The whole unit functions beautifully and creates the intense sound of DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT.

These guys have been around for about ten years now. They are sort of on the underground circuit, but are known widly throughout the U.S in that circuit.. they developed out of Connecticut back in the mid nineties as part of the jam scene, but have grown fan base all around since. They are definately one of the most intense jam bands around (if you even would give them such a title..)

They mix up a core of jazz and funk, with metal grinding riffs, hard pounding drums, and firery raw vocals, and what you get is a sound that doesn't quit. This live album from 1999 best displays the band at the best of their talents.

A rapidly building two disc set that just barrelrolls its way to the highly climactic last track BOOT!

Jen Durkin drives me crazy when I've seen her live. Just hearing the disc under the right circumstances comes almost as close. She's a gawddammed firecracker! POWAH!

Excellent stuff!........ LOUD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This Cd rocks! If you like really funky, jammin' music then this cd is for you. This is one of the best pieces of music that I have bought in a long time. I do not want to categorize them as a jam band, etc...They just know how to groove. The talent in this band is very impressive. One last word: If you ever get the chance to see these guys live, it will be well worth your time! They know how to funk a place up! This Cd is a good taste of what a typical live performance is like.
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