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Rebirth Brass Band: Rebirth of New Orleans

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When hearing the tumbling, staggered horns and propulsive, jagged drumming of a New Orleans brass band, anyone with affection for the Crescent City’s music is liable to book the next available flight. By that measure, Rebirth of New Orleans does what it ought to do.

Rebirth, Tuesday-night regulars at the venerable Maple Leaf Bar in the group’s hometown, has created an impressive body of work and become an internationally known entity, touring the globe, collaborating with high-profile artists and launching several members, including Kermit Ruffins, into successful careers beyond Rebirth. The group, organized in 1983 by Ruffins and brothers Philip and Keith Frazier, sounds newly invigorated on its latest, its first for Basin Street and a break from the hard-edged rap and raunch of such efforts as 2001’s Hot Venom.

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