If the seats are cleared as the Brotherhood of Groove starts playing, things are going as planned. Those who rise from their chairs are headed for available floor space to mix it up with the band's infectious rhythms. For those who remain seated, there's a payoff as well: The funk that anchors the New Orleans outfit's sound is typically topped with clever, intricate "heads" and packed to the gills with fresh, energetic improvisation laced with fusion or jazz as often as classic funk. It's jam band meets the JB's on a Crescent City street corner, aesthetically suitable for all parts of the anatomy.
Brainchild of Big Easy guitarist Brandon Tarricone, the Brotherhood includes a core lineup of bassist Stewart McKinsey and drummer Jon Massing. The band's "communal" horn section has boasted experience with Phish, Sun Ra, and Kool and the Gang. Tarricone himself shows up on disc as both a fiery, engaging soloist and a solid ensemble player.