Unlock Your Mind

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Described as "the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong", the eight-piece Soul Rebels Brass Band have played a pivotal role in keeping the New Orleans jazz sound alive. Jazz purists may balk at the playful cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," which substitutes the original's pulsing electro beats and stark synths for some Latino percussion and vibrant reggae horns, and the laid-back A Tribe Called Quest-esque raps that permeate the likes of the hip-hop-tinged "My Time" and the vintage funk of "I Made It." But as support slots with acts as varied as James Brown, Green Day, and Fugees would suggest, Soul Rebels Brass Band aren't exactly a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Described as "the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong", the eight-piece Soul Rebels Brass Band have played a pivotal role in keeping the New Orleans jazz sound alive. Jazz purists may balk at the playful cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," which substitutes the original's pulsing electro beats and stark synths for some Latino percussion and vibrant reggae horns, and the laid-back A Tribe Called Quest-esque raps that permeate the likes of the hip-hop-tinged "My Time" and the vintage funk of "I Made It." But as support slots with acts as varied as James Brown, Green Day, and Fugees would suggest, Soul Rebels Brass Band aren't exactly a traditional jazz band. This fusion of contemporary and classic doesn't always quite come off. An instrumental version of Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" turns the Motown standard into a chaotic and self-indulgent marching band number, while the corny "Showtime" sounds like the Village People fronting the theme tune to a corny '70s soap opera. But for the most part, it's difficult not to be enamored by the impressive musicianship on board, whether it's the tight percussion on a rendition of Lee Dorsey's "Night People," the squealing sax solos on "I'm So Confused," or the funky guitar licks of pure party opener "504," while the likes of the Meters' Leo Nocentelli and Cyril Neville, the latter of whom contributes to the album's highlight, a ska-fused reworking of the Staple Singers' title track, help further establish the band's authenticity. It's hard to shake the feeling that Soul Rebels Brass Band are probably a much more captivating experience live than they are on record, but Unlock Your Mind is a decent attempt to capture some of their renowned carnival atmosphere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661911727
  • Catalog Number: 619117
  • Sales rank: 61,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 504 (4:40)
  2. 2 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (5:08)
  3. 3 Turn It Up (5:46)
  4. 4 My Time (4:07)
  5. 5 Unlock Your Mind (4:05)
  6. 6 We Gon' Take Your Body (4:24)
  7. 7 Night People (4:11)
  8. 8 I'm So Confused (2:59)
  9. 9 Showtime (4:05)
  10. 10 Say Na Hey (4:04)
  11. 11 I Made It (3:57)
  12. 12 Living for the City (3:54)
  13. 13 Let Your Mind Be Free (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Soul Rebels Primary Artist
Paul Robertson Trombone, Vocals, Soloist
Lumar LeBlanc Percussion, Vocals, Snare Drums
Derrick Moss Percussion, Vocals, Contrabass Drum
Cyril Neville Vocals
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Ben Ellman Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Sean C. Vocals
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Trombone, Soloist
Dwayne Williams Conga
Julian Gosin Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap, Soloist
Erion Williams Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Soloist
Marcus Hubbard Trumpet, Vocals, Soloist
Edward Lee Jr. Percussion, Sousaphone, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Corey Peyton Percussion, Trombone, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Rap, Soloist
Technical Credits
Annie Lennox Composer
George Jackson Composer
Byron Bernard Composer
Scott Billington Producer
Mervin Campbell Composer
Damion Francois Composer
Lumar LeBlanc Composer
Derrick Moss Composer
Leo Nocentelli Composer, Guitar Producer
Steve Reynolds Engineer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Rev. Curtis Watson Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Geoffrey Himes Liner Notes
Larry Chambers Composer
Adam Shipley Executive Producer, Management
Adam Ayan Mastering
Ted Kurland Executive Producer, Management, Booking
Larissa Collins Art Direction
David A. Stewart Composer
Steve Johnson Composer
Julian Gosin Composer
Marcus Hubbard Composer
Sean Thomas Carey Composer
Edward Lee Jr. Composer
Corey Peyton Composer
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