Here's a much smaller band called Plunge. It's the name of an unusual-looking trio led by Mark McGrain: his trombone, with saxophone and stand-up bass. There's a New Orleans vibe going on here the low brass and bass groove thing which makes sense, given that this band is from New Orleans. (If it weren't obvious enough, tuba living legend Kirk Joseph, of Dirty Dozen Brass Band fame, guests here.) But there's this other thing, a sort of chamber-music vibe, most notably on three tracks where the players collectively improvise. It's abstracted a bit from the dance floor, which is somewhat un-New Orleans, but it's also very New Orleans in its bones, in its genetic makeup and musicality.

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