John Ellis and Double Wide : Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow

john_ellis_double_wide.jpgThe opening notes of “All Up In the Aisles” ring out like a glorious call to pearly gates and a heaven down south in the Crescent City. John Ellis has always been a disciple of New Orleans and the culturally deep music the city has birthed. With Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow, he created a new band around paying tribute to the beloved city, and they fit together like a hand in a glove.

The sousaphone of Matt Perrine leads into the down tempo groove of “Trash Bash,” then the rest of the band joins in for a traditional brass romp. Perrine’s low end barks out like an angry dog as Ellis vamps up and down Poydras. “Dream and Mosh” plays out a little more like a cut from MMW’s The Dropper. Again, the low-end work of Perrine brings it all together with drummer Jason Marsalis splashing percussion around like an avant painter. 

Like any good jazz album, there must be a moment just to swing. “I Miss You Molly” comes over you like the mugginess of a hot summer day, weighing you down with comfort and ease, this is the break from an otherwise dance-worthy affair.  

Going out with a bang, the album’s title track closes the dance floor. “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” relies on the swing of the brass band vibe, but Gary Versace’s organ work takes things to another level. Somewhat spiritual in nature, the song falls somewhere between a spirit-raising Sunday morning service and a late Saturday night romp.

Perfect for an album paying homage to New Orleans, a place where you can party like the world is coming to end, and at the same time find a good place to sing praise with a joyous gospel choir.

Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow is out now on Hyena.