Main Event: Live at the Maple Leaf [Bonus Tracks]

The Main Event: Live at the Maple Leaf [Bonus Tracks]

by Rebirth Brass Band
     
 

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This live CD was initially a 500-copy limited edition for local fans, but after those sold out in five days in New Orleans, it graduated to a bigger and broader release. That often signals something special, but this is one case where the music doesn't really transcend the moment -- you can't escape the feeling that you had to be in the club sweating it out with the…  See more details below

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This live CD was initially a 500-copy limited edition for local fans, but after those sold out in five days in New Orleans, it graduated to a bigger and broader release. That often signals something special, but this is one case where the music doesn't really transcend the moment -- you can't escape the feeling that you had to be in the club sweating it out with the band that night to feel the magic. Opening with two songs associated with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, "Blackbird Special" and the R&B staple "It's All Over Now," only shows that ReBirth is still essentially a rawer, less polished version of the DDBB. The latter's studio version of "Blackbird" 20 years ago still beats this one for expertise and vitality, and ReBirth has nothing to match the lethal Roger Lewis-Kevin Harris tandem sax riff machine. ReBirth sounds more like the Dozen when it gets its bad groove thing going on the original "Don't Start No Shit!," complete with what sounds like a variation on Jimi Hendrix's "Who Knows" riff from Band of Gypsys. The centerpiece of The Main Event is a 32-minute title track divided into four sections -- the chop funk drumming on "Tornado Special" sets the groove and ReBirth rides the funky foundation through a series of OK solos. They blend in enough potent groove variations and dynamic shifts to sustain the musical momentum and toss in Mardi Gras Indian chants and bits from "The Roof Is on Fire" to whip up audience response. It's those spots that reveal The Main Event to be more akin to a live go-go record by Trouble Funk than anything. Ride the non-stop rhythm indigenous to a homegrown scene, reference old favorites from local heroes, and toss in familiar chants to cement the audience bond and identification with the sound and scene. ReBirth fans outside New Orleans can enjoy the disc, but at heart the music captured that night was a local thing. [The set's 2005 reissue via Mardi Gras included three bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Mardi Gras Records
UPC:
0096094109026
catalogNumber:
1090
Rank:
76016

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebirth Brass Band   Primary Artist
Stafford Agee   Trombone
Tyrus Chapman   Trombone
James Durant   Saxophone
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Bass Drums
Glen Andrews   Trumpet
Derrick Tabb   Snare Drums
Henri Smith   Announcer
Shamarr Allen   Trumpet
Phil Frazier   Tuba

Technical Credits

Bill Withers   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Tyrus Chapman   Composer
Gregory Davis   Composer
James Durant   Composer
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Composer,Liner Notes
Benny Jones   Composer
Charles Joseph   Composer
Kirk Joseph   Composer
Roger Lewis   Composer
Jenell Marshall   Composer
William Salter   Composer
Efrem Towns   Composer
Glen Andrews   Composer
Kevin Harris   Composer
Shirley Jean Womack   Composer
Johnson   Composer
Shamarr Allen   Composer
Phil Frazier   Composer
Mark Anderson   Illustrations

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