Band becomes communal

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For anyone who listened to the Brotherhood of Groove's first album, "Pocket Full of Funk," you may or may not be happy to hear that Brandon Tarricone has escaped the confines of his head.

Released in 2001, "Pocket Full of Funk" came from the mind of a newly graduated jazz student, fresh from the college classroom.

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That first album was instrumental, full of complicated musical wanderings and big names from the New Orleans jazz scene. For his horn section, he had trumpet players including Michael Ray, formerly of the Sun Ra Arkestra and Kool & the Gang, and Tarricone, in his early 20s, was leading the band.

But as Tarricone tried to take his band further, he realized his horn section was too busy with gigs in New Orleans; then his rhythm section broke up.

"That's when I made the Brotherhood of Groove this perpetual thing that embraces anyone," Tarricone said. "Members of the past are still part of the Brotherhood, and different cats are always sitting in with us. It's this whole communal concept. I just try to be the glue that holds all of it together."

For this tour, the Brotherhood has embraced sax player Sam Kininger of Soulive. The horn section also will include tenor sax and flute player Geoff Zidal.

"He's a younger cat," Tarricone said. "A lot of people don't know him because he's not big on self-promotion. He's amazing, and in the next two years, he's going to come up on the scene."

In the years since "Pocket Full of Funk," Tarricone took what he learned from artists such as Michael Ray and is putting his own spin on it.

"Michael was a big part of my jazz education," he said. "He taught me to break all the rules."

The new sound is funkier, despite that the Brotherhood doesn't include a keyboard.

"It's getting much closer to Parliament and P. Funk," Tarricone said. A big part of the change was the addition of New Orleans-style vocals, which are now a big part of the show.

"Now, it's all about making it a dance party."

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