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The "Rebirth" is still providing the beat for NOLa after 28 years!
on April 12, 2011
With perfect timing for the DVD release of Season One of the HBO series Treme and just a week or so before the start of Season Two, comes this newest release by the musical soundtrack for New Orleans rhythm - The Rebirth Brass Band. Though original member Kermit Ruffins left the band years ago, original founders - the Frazier brothers are still there along with longtime member Glen Andrews and, in the 28 years (can it really be that long?) since the band formed, they haven't lost a beat. (NO pun intended here.)
There's music composed by the band members ("I Like It Like That" is truly funky) and the trombones are out front on "AP Touro", a song written by Andrews cousin Troy, better known as Trombone Shorty. These guys are even gutsy enough to start off the album with their take on the Dorothy Fields/ Jimmy McHugh chestnut "Exactly Like You". Its like they lit a fire under the arrangement! Another highlight is NOLa legendary producer and band leader Dave Bartholomew's "Shrimp and Gumbo" which shows how the NOLa beat mixed with jazz riffs to create its own gumbo. "Feelin' Free" is a seven-minute-plus take on the Jermaine Jackson song.
Mardi Gras may be over for this year but its always time for a New Orleans party. Rebirth is now on Mark Samuels' NOLa-based Basin Street Records label and they are sure to get the promotion all of BSR's fine roster of artists has received. Highly recommended.