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Stagger Back Brass Band

by Patrick Farrell

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Staggercitis 04:56
Sax Duet 02:01
The Tummler 04:58


Brooklyn's late, great Stagger Back Brass Band existed for 6 years, from 2006 - 2012. Led by accordionist and composer Patrick Farrell and featuring some of Brooklyn's most adventurous players of brass and percussion instruments, Stagger Back warmed the hearts and tested the ears and aesthetics of audiences all over New York City, tripping over themselves on stage, intentionally sabotaging their own performances, and accompanying invited circus artists and vocalists for legendary nights of music and chaos.
During one cold day in Dec. 2007, and one more (somewhat warmer) day in Apr. 2008, the band convened in Brooklyn's cavernous Civil War-era munitions bunker studio Seizure's Palace/B.C. Studio to set some music down onto 2" tape, and - after further manipulations and mischief in New Orleans - the resulting document was released in Jan. 2009.


released January 18, 2009

Patrick Farrell - accordion/alto horn
JR Hankins - trumpet/darbouka
Ben Holmes - trumpet
Greg Squared - clarinet/alto sax
Aurora Nealand - soprano sax/alto sax
Brian Drye - trombone/tenor horn
Joe Keady - tuba
Quince Marcum - percussion/alto horn
Don Godwin - bass drum/tenor horn
with Ben Schenck - conga/tambourine (tracks 6,9,10,11)

All music written by Patrick Farrell
(except "Here Come de Honey Man" by George Gershwin, arrangement by Patrick Farrell)

Recorded Dec. 2007 and Apr. 2008 by Jason LaFarge at Seizure's Palace, Brooklyn, NY
Further recording and mixing by Tim Stambaugh at Word of Mouth Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media, Brooklyn, NY

Cover chicken horn by Erin Bell
Album design by Genevieve Leloup


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Patrick Farrell Berlin, Germany

Patrick Farrell is a United States-born, Berlin-based accordionist, composer and bandleader. He is an active part of the international klezmer community as a performer and teacher, plays with new-music and improvisational groups, and enthusiastically toots on an alto horn in various brass bands. ... more

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