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The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind

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The evolution of the New Orleans brass band continues with each generation and its latest transformation can be heard in Unlock Your Mind by The Soul Rebels. The work of these eight young Crescent City natives is progressive, rhythmic and addictive. It is also highly reflective of their early exposure to New Orleans beats heard in their neighborhoods and high school marching bands with dance rhythms backing powerful horns. The syncopated beat is held down by the rhythm section that includes the band's founders Lumar LeBlanc on snare drum and bass drummer Derrick Moss. Sousaphonist Edward Lee, Jr completes the ...

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The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind

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The Soul Rebels trumpet a post-hurricane Katrina sense of optimism and get the party going in full swing on Unlock Your Mind. This New Orleans-based octet implies good cheer via its up-tempo ambiance. Marked by tight horn arrangements, loosely paralleling the likes of Tower of Power or vintage James Brown, the band imparts New Orleans second-line components into a soul, pop, and jazz-centered framework outlined with a festive Mardi Gras-like deportment. With original compositions and pop hits, the production offers a hearty mix spiced with affable hip-hop segments, and featuring guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters on his ...

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Soul Rebels: Rebelution

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New Orleans-bred Soul Rebels make gumbo music. In their Creole stew they brew hip-hop, funk, jazz, reggae, and second line brass band flavors. Rebelution is only the decade-old ensemble's fourth album, but it shows an incredible maturity and tightness that can only come from habitual live performance. Soul Rebels was formed by former drum majors from the South's top marching bands--those of Texas Southern, Grambling, and Southern Universities. The working lineup consists of tuba, sax, trumpet, trombone, snare drum, and bass drum (culled from the second line tradition)--plus percussion, turntables, and occasional rhyme recitation. ...



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