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This New Orleans brass band displays nice range on 2012’s Unlock Your Mind. The group, which has appeared on the dramatic TV series Treme, was founded by drummers Lumar LeBlanc (snare) and Derrick Moss (bass). Unlock Your Mind features a number of guests, including Trombone Shorty and Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli. The octet’s basic sound is displayed on the opener, “504,” which has pleasingly soulful singing. (The song’s title refers to the Big Easy’s area code.) The group then turns its attention to a striking cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” in a performance that starts slow before blasting off. The title track—a hit for The Staple Singers in the late '70s—gets a reggae workout, and Lee Dorsey’s “Night People” ripples with go-go funk rhythms. Several cuts have not-bad rapping, but the swagger is mostly provided by the instrumentalists. The band brings a rumbling joyousness to Stevie Wonder’s art-soul gem “Living for the City,” while “Palm,” with a Brazilian groove and sweet trombone solo, serves as a closer.

Customer Reviews

They've done it again!

The Rebels have managed to put a cleaner sound to some new music and some of their old school classics. I'll be jamming to this for a long time! If you love the Rebels, you'll love this album!!!


Just looking for something good to put on my MP3 and I found them, like 'em, love 'em, dig 'em, got 'em... I could consider myself a soul rebel too!!!

love it!

this record is blowing my mind! i'm definitely hooked on the soul rebels!! LOVE IT! WOW!


Formed: New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New Orleans group the Soul Rebels, which combines elements of hip-hop with a traditional brass band sound, was formed by former drum majors from the marching bands of Southern, Grambling, and Texas Southern University. Lumar LeBlanc (snare drum), Derrick Moss (bass drum), and Damion Francois (tuba) first played together as Young Olympia, the junior division of Milton Batiste's Olympia Brass Band. Joining Tannon Williams (trumpet), Winston Turner (trombone), and Marcus Hubbard (trumpet), they...
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Unlock Your Mind, The Soul Rebels
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, R&B/Soul, Funk, Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 2012

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