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The Soul Rebels: Poetry In Motion

Read "Poetry In Motion" reviewed by Chris Mosey


The Soul Rebels is an eight-piece, New Orleans brass ensemble that employs elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop. The group has been described by the Village Voice as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong." The band aims to provoke. The title of this album derives from a ghastly 1960s pop song by Johnny Tillotson, and one of the band's best remembered gigs is one they played with the Californian thrash metal ...

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The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind

Read "Unlock Your Mind" reviewed by Wade Luquet


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 ...

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Album Review

The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind

Read "Unlock Your Mind" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


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 ...

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The Soul Rebels: Rebelution

Read "Rebelution" reviewed by James Taylor


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, ...


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