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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 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.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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on July 4, 2011
We live in an era of great brass bands, a time when people argue over who's the best and global brands sponsor grand competitions. New kids use horns to escape violence while old heads lead protest marches and school programs. As successful as any outfit in the last 30 years, the Rebirth charge forward through this landscape armed with their signature mix of power and filth.

The new record begins with "Exactly Like You," a standard and the opposite of your typical brass band boast. Then things get grimy, with the songwriting team of Phil Frazier and Glen Andrews telling us how a certain somebody likes it (front and back) over speeding horns and snare. "The Dilemma" gives us that Rebirth swagger and shadow, a missive from a Tuesday night second set. That's a compliment to producer Tracey Freeman. We get short doses without the meandering or filler of a live album, but with a balanced fullness that never sounds overly brightened or packaged.

The Troy Andrews-penned "AP Touro" allows the fellas to ascend, cut and pound. At their best, the Rebirth sound like martial swordsmen who group into unison when needed, then race out to new vistas or broaden shoulders to hold down the fort (and of course, taking time to stop at the corner bar). We are rarely in unknown territory on Rebirth of New Orleans, but the album transmits the ferocity that defines the contemporary lineup, with fewer words and more minor keys.

They test themselves in "Feelin' Free," the crossflows of the horns working in sunny contrasts with wild percussion, sounding Caribbean. Overall, the band resists experimentation with new forms, seemingly more interested in blowing the doors off than opening new ones. And, as this record attests, the Rebirth still blows doors off quite nicely.--Brian Boyles, OffBeat Magazine, April 2011 issue.
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on January 28, 2015
Saw them live in New Orleans a few years ago and bought their CDs as soon as we could. Great music, fun to listen to. Despite the Grammy, they're not as well known as they should be. If you ever have the chance to see them live, just do it. You'll never regret it.
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on December 13, 2013
The New Orleans brass band expereince doesn't always translate well in the studio, but this one raises the roof just the like band does every Tuesday night at the Maple Leaf Bar in NOLA. GREAT from start to finish, they never let up. I have a lot of albums by brass bands and they can disappoint, or get it right for only a few cuts, but this one will be hard to top by any band in New Orleans. It richly deserved the Grammy award it received.
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on March 29, 2012
I caught Rebirth at the Gasparilla Music Fest in Tampa, then immediately bought their new album. This is a solid brass band, talented as hell, just unrefined enough to be "authentic", and the tracks are a pretty good mix of traditional New Orleans brass band stuff and the new Rebirth Brass Band sound. Great stuff.
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on August 5, 2011
This CD is just great. I was in New Orleans at the Maple Leaf Bar and listened to the ReBirth Jazz Band live. They are so fun and energetic live!! I just love them! I had get the CD as soon as I got home so that I can imagine myself back in that cramped, crowded, sweaty bar (it was summer) and just let the music take me back to that wonderful and fun place.
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on June 11, 2011
This is a fabulous album that I just bought today after seeing the band last night in SF as the "A Night in Treme" tour kicked off. Not just a musical celebration, but also the joy of life. Rebirth of New Orleans is an album guaranteed to lift your spirits. Truly great!
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on March 13, 2012
This is an excellent Brass Band who sticks to the old and mixes new with it. If you get a chance to see them in person I would encourage you to do so.
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on September 24, 2012
Love the album! I can listen from front to back and to the beginning again. Makes me feel like I am at home in New Orleans!
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on May 12, 2014
Love the Rebirth Brass Band! This is a good collection of their music. Fun to listen to and reminds me of being in NOLA!
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