Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band (from the album Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band)
Music is a constant motion machine, reinventing sounds, carving niches to hang the torches passed between generations of musicians. Eli Paperboy Reed stepped on stage with fellow Brooklyn, NY music-makers High & Mighty Brass Band and the ten-piece group, made up of tuba, two drummers, trombones and trumpets, immediately found their way to a future sound with the added vocals of Soul-shouter Eli Paperboy Reed. The aptly titled debut, Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High and Mighty Brass Band causes a rumble as it heads back to school in on the smooth Soul of “Name Calling”, takes the beat to the street to parade “Come and Get It”, rattles and shouts out “Well, Alright Now”, and uses the persistent pound of a cowbell to form a line for “Walkin’ and Talkin’ (For My Baby)”.
History has shown Eli Paperboy Reed as a student of music. Upon graduating from Brookline High School in 2002 Massachusetts, Eli Reed relocated to Clarksdale, Mississippi to immerse himself in the natural Blues of the delta, performing across the south in local juke joints before heading north to Illinois, playing organ and piano in the South Side Chicago church of the Soul/Gospel singer Mitty Collier. School days are tossed aside for the fun and freedom of Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High and Mighty Brass Band, the horns making a fanfare for album opener “As I Live and Breathe”, the drums revolving in a rhythmic rush for the pummeling groove in the singsong cadence of “WooHoo”, and the music bursting out of the speakers with “Explosion”.
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