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The Soul Rebels Brass Band - Unlock Your Mind - out now on Rounder Records

The Soul Rebels Brass Band Unlock Your Mind
The Soul Rebels Brass Band - Unlock your mind
(CD/Digital), Rounder Records, 2011-10-17

Unlock your Mind is the first Soul Rebels Brass Band's release on an important label, independent americana record company Rounder. The NOLa* brass band is well-know for its powerful live performances (more than 250 gigs per year!), but it's not so easy to capture that stamina and strengh on a studio record. Fortunately it's not the case with this new album produced by Big Easy music-specialist Scott Billington (Irma Thomas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band...). With friends and guests such as Cyril Neville, Trombone Shorty, Galactic's Ben Ellman and Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, the eight-piece band delivers a hot party-style gumbo. Both new compositions and covers (Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams and Stevie Wonder' Living For the City) include the classical second line funk recipe but also latin rhythms (the superb Showtime), hip-hop, reggae, and everything that makes New Orleans so special... Well, if you want to know what the true NOLa-ttitude is, you can't miss that record.
(* NOLa is an acronym of New Orleans, Louisiana : New Orleans, La)

The Soul Rebels Brass Band Unlock Your Mind
The Soul Rebels Brass Band - Unlock your mind
(CD/Digital), Rounder Records, 2011-10-17

Tracklisting :
01. 504
02. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
03. Turn It Up
04. My Time
05. Unlock Your Mind
06. We Gon’ Take Your Body
07. Night People
08. I’m So Confused
09. Showtime
10. Say Na Hey
11. I Made It
12. Living For the City
13. Let Your Mind Be Free

Links :
Soul Rebels Brass Band : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | twitter
Rounder Records : official | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | wikipedia

The Soul Rebels Brass Band - Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (Later with Jools Holland)

Press Release
Rounder Records is excited to announce the release of Unlock Your Mind, the first nationally distributed album from the Soul Rebels – a band that gets right to the heart of New Orleans music. Comprised of eight members, the Soul Rebels are known for playing ferocious funk, second line grooves and incorporating fresh elements – hip hop, go-go and reggae beats – on top of a hundred years of street-wise jazz tradition. At the forefront of New Orleans' musical revitalization, the Soul Rebels bring a resurgent energy to Unlock Your Mind, filling it with the most exciting, head-spinning, body-pumping music to emerge from the city in years.

Unlock Your Mind is a sonic document that captures the vivacity of the Soul Rebels' live shows. Produced by Rounder Vice President of A&R Scott Billington, who has made albums with New Orleans' musical legends such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas and Johnny Adams, Unlock Your Mind also features guest appearances from NOLA's new school of music – Trombone Shorty, Leo Nocentelli, and Ben Ellman of Galactic.

Biography :
Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels. This shrewd crew of college trained multi-instrumentalists are forcing listeners to "Let Your Mind Be Free" as they "Work It Out" on the dance floor. Their music is utterly uplifting and hardcore, leaving fans with a myriad of intrinsic sounds and songs to enjoy.

The Soul Rebels were destined for success. After parading around the streets of New Orleans in the tradition of the second line and jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the hot spot Tipitina's! The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong, they continued opening for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The bands hard funk groove has landed them gigs as an opening act for: Bootsy Collins, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Green Day, Olympia Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Hargrove, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Lionel Hampton, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The Gap Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and many more.

The Soul Rebels have traveled the US and abroad, bringing their live and uncut rhythms as far as England, Greece, Italy, South Africa and France. The band has performed at many prestigious music festivals across the world such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest, Jazz Ascona, Spain Jazz Fest, New Orleans by the Bay with Bill Grand Management, Ray Charles Jazz Festival in Atlanta, Banlieues Bleues, High Sierra Music Fest, Charleston Music and Heritage Fest, River Roots Fest in Iowa, P-Fest in Pensacola, Voodoo Fest, Bonnaroo, JVC Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz and Blues Fest, Lafayette Crawfish Festival, Umbria Jazz Fest, and Art of Jazz Festival in Toronto, to name a few.
The band's mission is to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. So, bring a taste of New Orleans to your festival, club, or party today with a visit from the Soul Rebels Brass Band.
Nicolas Ragonneau

Nicolas Ragonneau

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