New Orleans

14 minutes with the Dirty Dozen

Listening to American Routes the other night, the PBS radio show whose studios lie smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter, I heard this gem of a song (Nick Spitzer, the host, is temporarily running the show from Lafayette). Entitled “The Lost Souls (of Southern Louisiana)”, it’s basically a 14 minute suite laid out similarly to a traditional New Orleans funeral. Starting out dirge-like, it finishes off with a rhythmic fury of percussion. It has three sub parts: Cortege, Do I Have to Go, and Mourning Ma.

Set aside 14 minutes of your life and take a listen to some New Orleans brass band action courtesy of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
: The Lost Souls (of Southern Louisiana) (mp3)

  • From ‘Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do for the Rest of Your Life?’ (1991) – check it out on Amazon.
  • Official Site of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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