LA THORPE BRASS - All Things Move - CD
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The story of LA THORPE BRASS starts in Tarragona (Catalonia) in 1993 when a bunch of restless musicians meet with the purpose of creating a big band doing Latin-soul music but having Ska as main riddim. After recording a few demos and doing a lot of gigs all over Spain the band shaped quite a big reputation and received especially good reviews from press, radios and specialized reggae media. So the band went into the studio to capture their first 4 songs in a maxi-cd, Today Is Hot (1998).
Hundreds of gigs followed and new songs were coming through and due to the continuous requests from their large following La Thorpe Brass soon decided to return to the studio to record their first full album ALL THINGS MOVE (originally released by Tony Trash but soon acquired by Brixton Records). The release of the record produced a big blast and the band went up doing tons of gigs and touring Europe.
All Things Move is a great testimony of one of the craziest ska-boogaloo-soul bands ever. A whole orchestra with incredible horn section, deep Hammond grooves , Latin congas, jazzy melodies and soulful voice. Their Latin influences mixed with jazz and reggae, the great and complex compositions from their front man Pele Viader and the intense execution in the studio while recording makes this album to be a lot different and far better than the usual Latin-ska recordings. Lyrics are also of major importance with social criticism in "The Dead Men Walking" and "El Boogaloo Egoista" or freaky tributes to "John Wayne"or to "Ji Jaga" just to mention a few tracks. For all black music followers All Things Move is an amusing treasure to discover and for those who had the opportunity to see them live this is a reminder of the sound of one of the best Latin-ska bands ever, and we mean worldwide.
There were plans to record a second album in Cuba but due to inner discrepancies the band made a decision to split in 2004.