Here comes the Rebirth! New Orleans trumpet star Kermit Ruffins
is marching up Basin Street for a return engagement with the Crescent City’s very popular Rebirth Brass Band
. Ruffins was part of the band until the early 1990s when he tired of the road and started his own Barbeque Swingers echoing the sounds of the early jazz bands.
The trumpeter is perfectly capable of blowing his horn convincingly in either style. The Rebirth Brass Band
cooks up a 21st century blend of funk, gospel, blues and hip-hop. The band consists of three trumpets, a couple of trombones and a tenor sax in the front line. The rhythm section really sizzles with a snare drummer, bass drummer and a hot tuba in the tradition of the sadly missed Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen played by the indefatigable Philip Frazier
. Kermit Ruffins penned seven of the tunes on the Throwback
album including the opener Make Way For The Rebirth
and the delightful hip-hop style Up In The Hood
and he is joined vocally by Mary Griffin
. Griffin delivers another fine vocal on the traditional favorite Just A Closer Walk
Both Ruffins and the Rebirth take their ambassadorial roles very seriously as they promote their city and its music. The band is out to please fans from widely differing age groups and they do it successfully. It’s difficult to march with your feet on both sides of the generation gap. Throwback
is happy street music delivered in high style by an exciting bunch of players thinking "young."