Rebirth Brass Band, Jack Brass Band

New Orleans's funkified brass-band sound will get addressed from both ends of the Mississippi on this latest Louisiana-Minnesota horn summit. The Crescent City's Rebirth was, along with the Dirty Dozen, at the forefront of the street-corner players who revolutionized the NOLA brass-band tradition in the early 1980s by injecting copious doses of jazz and funk, and ratcheting up the tempos to sometimes breakneck speed. Rebirth co-founder Kermit Ruffins left for a solo career long ago, but brothers Philip and Keith Frazier still lead a blazing krewe through New Orleans standards and lots more. This spring the Rebirth have been featured in the HBO series Treme, based on their home turf. The Twin Cities' Jack Brass Band isn't quite as venerable as Rebirth but has been around for a decade. The Jack's musicianship is top-notch, and they've done a nice job juggling standards and sympathetic new compositions. Last year's Fourth Movement suggests a little northern coolness in the sleek arrangements as the bristling nine-piece hi-Jacks soul and R&B nuggets from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Rick James, and Prince, hauls them downriver, and gives them prime second-line treatment. Most significantly, the Jack have gotten plenty of respect down yonder, garnering positive reviews of their performances and recordings. 18+.
Fri., May 14, 8:30 p.m., 2010

 
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