Eli Paperboy Reed
The collaboration between Soul shouter Eli Paperboy Reed and the 10-piece bombastic fury that is High & Mighty Brass Band was a long time coming. From the first time that Reed joined High & Mighty on stage it was clear that the combination was special. Reed’s powerful wailing over the top of a 10-piece brass band complete with tuba, two drummers, trombones and trumpets was a sound that had never been heard before.
After several high-profile shows together in Brooklyn, NY and Las Vegas, NV, it became abundantly clear that The Paperboy and The Brass Band needed to meet in the recording studio. Over the course of three days in July of 2017, they recorded 11 tracks, all live to reel-to-reel tape. The selections include radical brass-band rearrangements of some of Reed’s Soul classics (“Come and Get It”, “WooHoo”, “Take My Love With You”), covers (Beyonce’s “Love on Top”) and a brand new Reed composition written specifically for this LP (“As I Live and Breathe”).
The finished product, Eli Paperboy Reed meets High & Mighty Brass Band, showcases the strengths of both performers. The sheer power and dynamic interplay of the High & Mighty horns coupled with the aggressive, exciting and preeminently soulful singing of Reed has to be heard to be believed. Drop the needle on EPR meets HMBB and you won’t be able to stop your feet from moving and your hands from clapping. Eli “Paperboy” Reed and High & Mighty Brass Band are on fire!