The Soul Rebels, a New Orleans based brass band that's getting some love from in and outside of the Big Easy. They recently dropped the Power = Power mixtape which has them covering modern hits from the likes of Jay Z, Daft Punk, Kanye and more as well as remixes and live versions. IN support, Giant Step has some live footage to roll out. While not directly related to the mixtape, it showcases what they do.Check out this video featuring John Medeski shot at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl in 2012. It is the Soul Rebels track "Night People" that is on their last official release, Unlock Your Mind.
Free Magic. Isn’t that what jazz-fusion is? Using a launch pad of some familiar melody, rhythmic riff, or instrumentation, and building it forward and outward until it gets really weird. That’s what Miles Davis realized about jazz music in the late 60s, that it was the root of all American music, and with that in mind any so-called style could be integrated into the so-called genre of jazz.
Boulder loves the jazzy funk, no doubt about it, and at the top of the fan club is Boulder's college student population. So what better place for a jamfest featuring Medeski, Martin & Wood and the Wood Brothers than in the heart of young hipsterville, right?
On a balmy Friday evening in South Florida, with relatively low (and I say lightly) humidity, I set out on the hour long drive down to North Miami Beach to see one of my absolute favorite bands, Medeski Martin and Wood. What can you say about Medeski Martin and Wood. They are by far the most talented improvisational, funk, jazz, modern, eclectic, ground paving, limit pushing trios out there. And have been for over a decade. I picked up my friend Sarah and we hit the road.