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Youngblood Brass BandAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ozone [Caroline]
  • ASIN: B00008R104
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic, thrilling new material! March 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first became aware of Youngblood Brass Band at a concert on the third floor of an old warehouse in LaCrosse, WI. I rarely buy CDs these days, but I bought their first two albums immediately. Their blend of New Orleans jazz and hip-hop, with distinct flavors of Afro-Cuban percussion and an arranging style right out of top-level drum corps (no doubt gleaned from co-creator David Henzie-Skogen's stint in the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps), is not only one of the most seamless crossover styles ever created, but also has more raw passion and power than any other band I've ever heard. The other co-creator, sousaphonist Nat McIntosh, has such technical majesty you'll wonder if your ears are hallucinating. Throughout his material, he makes a tuba sound like a dj turntable, electro-synthetic bass, rock organ, and even some sounds that defy classification. Having started playing together in high school, the core of the band has developed an incredibly tight synchronization with each other, and it shows. Each of their songs is well-crafted and has beautiful transitions and grooves in it. Their infectious fire will keep you dancing and humming their tunes to yourself for weeks, even months. And "fire" really is the only word to describe it; it's like having a horn line throw gasoline on you, a snare drummer/mc master strike a match to you, and then having a whole sousaphone full of liquid oxygen dumped on you just to kick it up a notch. In short, there is no band more passionate about what they do or how they do it.
This is their third album, and it's an interesting one. As a band, they are noticably maturer than on their debut, Word On The Street; the sound is even MORE power-packed than before, hard as that might be to believe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best YB title yet March 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A collage of brilliance. Innovative compositions, skillful imrpov, liquid mceeing, just beautiful. The real feature here is the rhythm section, though:
Nat McIntosh has invented a new style of tuba-playing which is highlighted in his "Handbills for no man," a veritable smorgasbord of (I'm guessing) five or six overdubbed tubas. Throughout the album Nat is constantly busting intervals, and sometimes he just strait-up yells into the mouthpiece, genius.
Bountiful props must also be given to the percussion section. Ranging from traditional second-line, to funk, to hip-hop, the snare is dripping with volume and soul at every turn while the base is so ridiculously in-the-pocket I wanna cry during every breakdown. This album contains some of best beats I've heard in awhile, amazing considering that its a two-piece rhythm section. The division of labor creates a hurdle for the drummers who have to be in sync with each other as well as the rest of the band but they've overcome this handicap allowing for more complicated rhythms and a diversity of sound which culminates in "Avalanche," a hip-hop triumph. There are definitely two or three weaker songs on the album but, as a whole, the CD overflows with potential samples, breaks, a treasure trove for any DJ searching the horizon. Don't know if its on vinyl (not likely), but I guess DJ's don't even need to spin vinyl anymore. DJ or not, this CD is inspiring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Work June 20, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Center:Level:Roar is the kind of music-making that those of us who bemoan the recent further deregulations of mass media could only dream of. Youngblood Brass Band, out of Madison, WI, represents the kind of honest diversity, integrity, and ingenuity that's hard to find in this society of air-brushed pop stars and watered down "music." Brilliantly composed by band leader Nat McIntosh, and tightly played by the band, the songs on this album are unlike anything you'll hear anywhere else -- a mind-blowing blend of hip-hop, nawlins-style brass band, jazz, rock, and overall greatness. MC D-Cipher brings to the mix some achingly lovely verse, as well as mad kickin beats. No independant music lover's collection is complete without this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music ever. April 14, 2006
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Sometimes music is so good that it's unbelievable. Well written, well arranged, and well performed. This CD is just that kind of music.

Youngblood Brass Band is true "brass band" comprised of sousaphone, trombone(s), trumpets, tenor sax, bass drum, snare drum, and cymbals, the main feeling is POWER: the power to play loud or soft, featuring inspired solos backed by thick harmonies and counter-melodies to make the music interesting listen after listen. The drum beats are so tight you'd swear they were played by one person on a drumset instead of two people on separate bass and snare drums.

While the album does feature some "rap" over the music, if you (like me) dislike rap, thankfully two of the best songs, "Brooklyn" and "V.I.P.", are instrumentals. Also, the lyrics are more cerebral than most you'll hear these days.

"Brooklyn" is probably the best song, featuring trombone solos, tenor sax solos, and one of the most fantastic sousaphone solos you'll ever hear by Nat McCavish. Tuba players must listen to it!

I've listened to this group as often as possible for years, and have yet to become bored of their music. I suggest you visit their website for more of their music, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic All Around
The majority of the songs on this album are good, but their are a few standouts: Brooklyn, Human Nature pt. 2, and Round One.
Published 14 months ago by M. Kamps
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated band
i don't know why this band isn't more popular. its ecclectic mix of orchestra and hip-hop is mesmerizing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by soundwaveclick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
Great music, catchy melodies and memorable lyrics: this album is for anyone who likes hip-hop, jazz, or brass band music. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amanda Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars These Guys
These guys really pump me up, their genre-bending works well and they've been at it for a number of years, which I can respect as an artist. Go with what works and feels natural. Read more
Published 20 months ago by WIlson Philips
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKIN GREAT ALBUM
Read everyone elses review, I'm just adding my 2 cents on how much you need to own this album!
Published on March 9, 2006 by Hoagy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums. Ever.
First off, yes, this is a hip-hop album. If you are not a huge fan of rap lyrics and "foul language" then you MAY not enjoy this album if you can't get past that fact. Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by Joseph J. Pow III
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is YBBB so awesome?
First, this album is amazing. I dont know why one can critique the rap when it is so thought provoking and eloquent. Read more
Published on October 12, 2004 by JPAR
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much rap and foul language
I was introduced to the Youngblood Brass Band after listening to public radio (NPR) one morning. The band was being interviewed and played their songs Brooklyn and Human Nature on... Read more
Published on July 7, 2004 by Ernest Wheeler Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great..... but not as good as the older stuff.....
I love Youngblood and all their music. This is not a BAD album by any means, its just very different, more hip-hop / rap than the previous albums. Read more
Published on August 30, 2003 by Jeremy Orbach
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