Big Band of Brothers
A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band
New West Records
Big Band of Brothers is a 15-piece ensemble that sports notable talents—Jazz at Lincoln Center trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, former Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson, and vocalists Marc Broussard and Ruthie Foster. This recording was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the legendary band’s debut album. Nothing’s as good as the original Allman Brothers, but that wasn’t the point here. Not exactly a tribute album, nor a collection (they had to have struggled to pare the song list down to 10 tracks), Big Band of Brothers does what jazz does best—interprets and comments. The program styles on well-known titles like “Statesboro Blues” and “Whipping Post,” and also jumps off into self-referential stuff like “Les Brers in A Minor” (Les Brers was a band formed by former Allman Brothers members in 2015).