Neville Brothers

Dave is co-credited with The Neville Brothers on The Bird On A Wire soundtrack specifically the track Bird On A Wire where he is credited as Producer and Arranger.

The Neville Brothers are royalty in New Orleans (and cult-level stars everywhere else), and nobody can say they haven't earned it: the four brothers' separate recording careers would total well over a century. By the time the Neville Brothers became a band in 1977, keyboardist Art Neville had cut some wild '50s R&B and been the frontman of the great funk combo the Meters; silky-voiced Aaron Neville had a '60s hit with "Tell It Like It Is," saxophonist Charles Neville had played in numerous jazz bands, and singer/percussionist Cyril Neville had been a Meter and funky soloist. It's the Nevilles' ability to mix and match all four brothers' styles that makes them the quintessential New Orleans band. The group was strictly a cult-level phenomenon for its first five years together, but their relentless touring--coupled with the country's growing fascination for all things New Orleans--led to a slow breakthrough. It also didn't hurt that Aaron returned to solo recordings in 1991 (with Warm Your Heart, lovingly produced by Linda Ronstadt); his preference for lush, old-fashioned love ballads has since made him the king of elegant make-out music. The band's sound has gotten more polished since Aaron's solo success--they now have three keyboardists and play more slow numbers--but instead of shortchanging the funk, they just play longer shows. The group's best gig is traditionally its festival-closing appearance at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The catch is that the brothers are far more consistent onstage than they are in the studio. Their one studio masterpiece, Yellow Moon (1988), was a departure, with producer Daniel Lanois laying on a shadowy, voodoo-tinged sound and encouraging them to try more adventurous material (including Dylan's "With God On Our Side," sung hauntingly by Aaron). More typical for the Nevilles are upbeat party records like Family Groove (1992) and All My Relations (1996); 1987's Uptown, which pushed the drive for crossover appeal too far, is their only turkey. At this writing they've signed with a new label (Sony), so new directions may be ahead on albums like Valence Street. Meanwhile they're heard best in the flesh, or on their live albums.

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