Costley Court 

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If you haven't been to Akron lately, Costley Court is the perfect excuse. And when you go, wear your dancing shoes. "You gotta get the hook," chant the players in disc opener "Get Hooked," and those five words represent a big chunk of the album's lyrics. It's all they need to say. The eclectic eight-man funk combo starts with hot-stepping James Brown funk, breezes through Latin swing, and cools down with noisy blue jams. This full-length debut musters more authentic retro than the entire '90s neo-swing movement.

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