Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band
Sam’s Burger Joint
San Antonio, Texas

Eight members worked frenetically to deliver their stamp of New Orleans R&B-jazz-funk, influenced by the sounds of Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, The Meters, and Fats Domino. The Rebirth Brass band kicked off with the energy of a carnival.

Familiar renditions such as the Fats Domino evergreen “I’m Walkin” and Crescent City perennials “Mardi Gras In New Orleans” and “Big Chief” were treated with extended brassy vibrancy. The cover of the Bobby Womack/Valentinos standard “It’s All Over Now” received an accapella intro before fiery jazz-funk grooves entered, segueing into other high-powered jamming affairs that have molded the band into a critic-winning, 30-year-enduring musical machine. Their success has taken them as far as Asia and Africa and collaborations with The Grateful Dead, Ani DiFranco, P-Funk Allstars, and Robbie Robertson.

Whether whistling, encouraging festive participating, or joyously exuding the power that brass instruments can offer, the Rebirth Brass Band showed the audience why they remained major magnets representing the fertile New Orleans music scene. Despite the lineup changes throughout the decades, the group’s energy remained intact, and the audience seemed to appreciate the solid studio material, and the band’s kinetic live performance.

by Jeff Boyce