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In the years since the Jazz Crusaders dropped jazz from their name (and then dropped out altogether) and Tower of Power began releasing albums that joined the rotation on Wave stations across the country--the instrumental equivalent of going direct to video--the Dirty Dozen have valiantly done battle to keep the trombone moving in funk-based instrumentals. And live, there ain't many better at laying out the jam on the floor: Their chant "My Feet Can't Fail Me Now" joins "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)" and "The Roof Is On Fire" in the Throw-Down Grunt Hall of Fame.

A new version of "Feet," the title track from the album of 12 years ago (the group's greatest accomplishment), is included on ears and comes close to making up for the spectacle of hearing the words "nine-six" and "phat" on a Dirty Dozen album.

The last thing the Doz need is to try an update, because it implies a lack of confidence in the sound that brought them to prominence in the first place. When they're hitting, there's nothing else quite like it, because of the fat bottom (note the spelling of "fat") oozing out of the tuba, grease that puts the uhh in funky. As they say in the Dozen's hometown of New Orleans, these guys do it to it in a live room, a phenomenon that has mostly gone uncaptured on disc. ears to the wall is competent enough, but we don't want tuna with good taste.

--Elvis Mitchell

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