Premiere: “Whipping Post” and “Hot ‘Lanta” from Upcoming ‘Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band’
On Nov. 22, New West Records will release Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band, a collection of horn-fueled renditions of some of the Southern-rock pioneers’ most enduring compositions, interpreted through a 15-piece big band. Today, we premiere two of the tracks, “Whipping Post” (featuring vocalist Marc Broussard) and “Hot ‘Lanta.”
“When I was asked to sing for this record, I was both honored and humbled,” Broussard tells Relix. “I was also pretty nervous about doing the song justice, as I know how difficult tackling iconic music can be. Those horns were certainly inspiring, but it’s the respect I have for the legacy of the Brothers, specifically, that cannot be discounted when discussing my approach to this vocal and I hope it shows.”
Along with Broussard, who also lends his voice to opening track “Statesboro Blues,” Big Band of Brothers includes guest contributions from blues-folk singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster (on “It’s Not My Cross to Bear” and “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'”), latter-day Allman Brothers Band guitarist Jack Pearson (“Stand Back”) and jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (“Don’t Want You No More”).
John Harvey, creator and co-producer of the collection, comments on the decision to include “Hot ‘Lanta” on the album: “The song ‘Hot ‘Lanta’ emerged from an Allman Brothers Band jam session—it’s the only song with all six original members credited as co-authors. University of Alabama Jazz Studies Professor Tom Wolfe’s arrangement for the Big Band of Brothers doesn’t veer far from the live version on the ABB album At Fillmore East, yet he takes great advantage of the large jazz ensemble instrumentation. The track also features superb performances from several of our rhythm section soloists!”
Check out “Whipping Post” and “Hot ‘Lanta” below, and pre-order Big Band of Brothers here. The collection will be released digitally and on CD and peach-colored vinyl LP.
Big Band Of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band Tracklist:
1. Statesboro Blues (feat. Marc Broussard)
2. Don’t Want You No More (feat. Wycliffe Gordon)
3. It’s Not My Cross To Bear (feat. Ruthie Foster)
4. Hot ‘Lanta
5. Whipping Post (feat. Marc Broussard)
6. Stand Back (feat. Jack Pearson)
8. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
9. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ (feat. Ruthie Foster)
10. Les Brers In A Minor