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What's Going On

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On August 29, the first anniversary of Hurrcane Katrina, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will release their interpretation of Marvin Gaye's classic LP What's Going On. Thirty-five years after its original release, the political and social themes of the album are just as relevant as ever. Along with many others along the Gulf Coast, the members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band lost their homes to Katrina. Their take on What's Going On is not only an attempt to express their feelings about this tragedy and other current events, but also a tribute to the spirit of their hometown of New Orleans.

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Of all the life-affirming music made in response to Hurricane Katrina, this is perhaps the most radical achievement--a recontextualizing of Marvin Gaye's early-'70s classic in the wake of the devastation of New Orleans. Joining the Crescent City's leading brass band are an array of guest singers who give the interplay a different dynamic from Gaye's silky sophistication. From the harder edge that Public Enemy's Chuck D gives the opening title track through the redemptive prophecy provided by Guru on the closing "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," the album takes the spirit of Gaye's social commentary and adds a contemporary twist. Among the other highlights, Bettye LaVette wrings every ounce of soul from "What's Happening Brother," Ivan Neville leads the call-and-response spirituality of "God Is Love," and the Dirty Dozen transform "Save the Children" into a symphony of syncopation and saxophones. Released to mark the first anniversary of the hurricane, with some proceeds benefitting relief efforts, the album deserves to have the staying power of Gaye's original. --Don McLeese
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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000GRTQS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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By H. E. Davis on November 30, 2006
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Combining superlative musicianship, the inspiration of Marvin Gaye's original album, the immediacy of the new arrangements, contributions from legendary guest artists, and the enormity of the calamity (Hurricane Katrina) that inspired this undertaking, this is a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L recording!

And not just because of the good intentions.

Anyone who is in tune with Marvin's vibe ie anyone who's got S-O-U-L, will appreciate and enjoy the groove on this jam.

If I'm mixing metaphors, I apologize. Just a caucasian dude with a lifelong love of soul.
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This is a seriously good album. It has some of the fattest brass I have experienced in many a short summer. Colliery bands take it on board, this is how to make an elephant skid across South Shields sands on a north wind caressed summers day when your sheet music is all over the Tyne and your bugle sounds like a car back firing. This is as much homage to the resilience of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina and that tells you what this band brings to its music. It is a good reworking of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"-which you either love or listen too with indifference. But it has good songs with searching questions set in the lyrics, which were ahead of the time in which they were written. But here, "The Dirty Dozen Brass Band" don't just pay homage-they let rip. There are no misses. All tracks deliver. Different styles, yes-but quality from first note to last. Love the whomping big elephantine brass on "What's Going On". It works for me. Five stars and all of `em gold.
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By PM on August 11, 2013
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Great tribute to the masterpiece of Marvin Gaye. Very beautiful compositions.
Masters of rythm, phrasing, feeling , beautiful instruments tone.
The bass player is awesome.
Serious music for dramatic circonstances . But vitality, hope and emotion.
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I love this album. If you like funky jazz you'll enjoy this. Many of my friends that I turned onto this album are still listening to it when they need to "get down".
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