With its slide in the right hands, the trombone can scream, moan and laugh in ways that make the instrument one of the closest cousins to the human voice in its expressiveness. The Rebirth Brass Band puts two of them up front along with trumpets, sousaphone, a sax and of course drums. The effect is like a gospel choir singing in a language that you can feel but not translate. Since 1982, this outfit has brought the second-line sound to the world with funky explosive shows that get rags waving in the air. The group even infuses hip-hop and R&B covers with rootsy, Crescent City-style brass band jazz. -- Rhome Anderson (Oct. 2009)
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