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Working Together / Keepin' It Funky

by Hot 8 Brass Band

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16th December sees the release of “Working Together”/“Keepin’ It Funky”, the lead single from Hot 8 Brass Band’s newly announced fifth album ‘On The Spot’, which will follow in Spring 2017 alongside a World Tour taking in the Grammy-nominated band’s biggest London headline yet at The Roundhouse on 4th April.

In true Hot 8 style, this single pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves. “Working Together” was brought into the repertoire by bass drummer Harry “Swamp Thang” Cook, who felt the Frankie Beverly and Maze song tapped into the essence of the band. “The lyrics say, “We got to start learning how to do our thing and give each other some respect. We got to learn to give, I’m telling you like it is. Let’s work together and make this happen””, says bandleader Bennie Pete. “So while we were going through the trials and hard times as people and as a band, dealing with all our losses... We felt we had to cover it. We all feel deeply about the meaning and the message.”

Original tune “Keepin’ It Funky” brings a buoyant tuba bassline and winning trombone licks. “People like that funky groove”, says Pete, of the new track which blossomed into life on recent tours and also hit big with home crowds on their return. The organic evolution of this tune exemplifies the spirit of the LP – one meaning of ‘On The Spot’ refers to the glorious, rare moment in a New Orleans parade when the band stops to take a break but keeps noodling with their instruments to please the crowd; vibing and keeping the energy up, when they’re completely in the moment they sync up and the magic happens – a new tune is created. With these new recordings, Hot 8 capture what they can of this spirit.

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released December 16, 2016

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Hot 8 Brass Band New Orleans, Louisiana

Hot 8 Brass Band bring passion and noise through a bevy of trombones, saxophones, trumpets, snare and bass drums, all buoyed up by the immense tuba basslines of band leader Bennie Pete. These musicians over the years have been inspired by artists such as Tuba Fats, Leroy Jones, Louis Armstrong, JJ Johnson, Stevie Wonder and Jackie McLean. ... more

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