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ERION WILLIAMS saxophone

DERRICK MOSS bass drum

PAUL ROBERTSON trombone

JULIAN GOSIN trumpet + mc

MANUEL PERKINS JR. sousaphone

COREY PEYTON trombone + mc

LUMAR LEBLANC III snare drum

MARCUS HUBBARD trumpet

PRODUCERS: The Soul Rebels, Marcus Hubbard, Corey Peyton, Julian Gosin, Eric Heigle, Sean Carey, Mannie Fresh, Robert Glasper

Featuring Special Guests: Sean Carey, Dee-1, Alfred Banks, Emeril Lagasse, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Mia X, DJ Jubilee, Cheeky Blakk, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans Citywide Youth Choir, Jaelyn Langston, Wild Wayne, Kango Slim, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, Denisia, Branford Marsalis, Brandee Younger, KES, Kayla Jasmine, Matisyahu, Robert Glasper, Fabriq, Tarriona "Tank" Ball

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Poetry In Motion

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Eight men pick up shiny brass instruments, lock into an unspoken groove and rotate genres like your favorite playlist shifting from jazz and R&B to hip-hop, pop and beyond with fire, focus and fluidity. New Orleans-bred staple The Soul Rebels expand musical boundaries with an unwavering commitment to originality. Far more than augmentation and accompaniment, the octet—Julian Gosin [trumpet, MC], Marcus Hubbard [trumpet], Lumar LeBlanc III [snare drum], Derrick Moss [bass drum], Corey Peyton [trombone, MC], Erion Williams [saxophone], Paul Robertson [trombone] and Manuel Perkins Jr. [sousaphone]—pioneer the integration of their chosen instrumentation.

Featuring Special Guests: Sean Carey, Dee-1, Alfred Banks, Emeril Lagasse, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Mia X, DJ Jubilee, Cheeky Blakk, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans Citywide Youth Choir, Jaelyn Langston, Wild Wayne, Kango Slim, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, Denisia, Branford Marsalis, Brandee Younger, KES, Kayla Jasmine, Matisyahu, Robert Glasper, Fabriq, Tarriona "Tank" Ball

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Product#: ART7052|Released: 10/25/19

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Eight men pick up shiny brass instruments, lock into an unspoken groove and rotate genres like your favorite playlist shifting from jazz and R&B to hip-hop, pop and beyond with fire, focus and fluidity. New Orleans-bred staple The Soul Rebels expand musical boundaries with an unwavering commitment to originality. Far more than augmentation and accompaniment, the octet—Julian Gosin [trumpet, MC], Marcus Hubbard [trumpet], Lumar LeBlanc III [snare drum], Derrick Moss [bass drum], Corey Peyton [trombone, MC], Erion Williams [saxophone], Paul Robertson [trombone] and Manuel Perkins Jr. [sousaphone]—pioneer the integration of their chosen instrumentation. 

For Poetry In Motion—the group’s first album for their new imprint, Rebelution Music Group, on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group—The Soul Rebels infused this handcrafted approach into a wider sonic palette than ever before. 

“We’re always thinking about pushing the envelope,” says Marcus. “We’re willing to merge different worlds together you would be surprised by.” 

“This particular album made us dig deeper into the reservoir of feelings both artistically and emotionally,” adds Lumar. “Our band members brought out all kinds of thoughts. The record represents eight different individuals with a lot of soul, emotion and feeling.” 

The Soul Rebels set the stage for studio alchemy in 2019 by an unprecedented run of successes. They went from a scorching set on NPR’s “Tiny Desk,” to performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and opening the 2018 TED Conference. They contributed and performed the hit song “Lovely Day” to the original motion picture soundtrack for the box office blockbuster Girls Trip. At the 2019 New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Soul Rebels performed a show-stopping set with Katy Perry who praised how they “make everything better.” 

Logging 250-plus shows annually, The Soul Rebels touched down everywhere, including Europe, Australia, China, Africa, South Korea and Japan. They also joined forces with Nas, G-Eazy, Portugal The Man, Robert Glasper, Pretty Lights, DMX, Curren$y, Joey Bada$$, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Metallica and Marilyn Manson for genre-bending performances. Additionally, they opened up for everyone from Lauryn Hill, John Mayer, Ice Cube, The Allman Brothers to Nile Rodgers and earned acclaim from Noisey, BBC, Vibe, Okayplayer and more. 

As early as 2016, the musicians commenced plotting their next move. This time around, they rallied around a shared willingness to experiment and devoted the longest period yet to writing, producing and recording—between regular touring, of course. For the first time, they incorporated drum machines and experimental production techniques in addition to opening up the process to co-writers and co- producers.

As a result, the twelve tracks comprising Poetry In Motion attain new levels of performance proficiency, sonic adventurousness and anthem-like songwriting acumen. 

“We really opened the door to taking the brass ensemble and sound to a contemporary and very modernized musical place,” explains Julian. “In the past, we’ve treated our albums like private and personal projects with no one involved in our process. Here, we opened the door for collaboration and innovation.” 

Poetry In Motion was a long journey, because we utilized everything at our disposal. It’s the most intricate as far as production and recording goes. It was an experience,” adds Lumar. 

“We wanted this album to have a focus. To focus on reflecting each band member’s feelings, musical inspirations and influences while making the sound contemporary and hip,” says Marcus. “We wanted to give everything this time. It touches on hip-hop, jazz and brass within the context of a very modern sound. We wanted to reach more listeners and reflect upon the sound of music culture today.” 

They most definitely will with songs like the first single and opener “Blow the Horns” [feat. Passport P, Julian Gosin & Sean Carey]. A horn line of mythical proportions, rich orchestration and a confident groove underscore a triumphant chant suited for a victory lap. 

“‘Blow the Horns’ lets you know the show has started and The Soul Rebels have arrived,” states Marcus. “It’s a call-to-action. It’s our anthem. It’s meant to grab everyone’s attention and announce, ‘We’re here’.” 

“Greatness” [feat. Dee-1, Alfred Banks, Julian Gosin & Sean Carey] offsets nimble rhymes and raps with a spirited hook and an anthem-like royal groove. As Julian observes, “God put us on earth to be the greatest we can be, so believe in your greatness no matter what stands in your way.” 

Embracing the homegrown New Orleans “Bounce Music” movement, “Good Time” [feat. Big Freedia, Denisia & Passport P] unites The Soul Rebels and the genre’s primary progenitor Freedia to share “a good feeling.” Additionally, fellow Louisianan PJ Morton duets with Julian on the simmering “Slide Back.” 

“Down For My City,” produced by the legendary Mannie Fresh, boasts an all-star lineup: Emeril Lagasse, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Mia X, DJ Jubilee, Cheeky Blakk, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans Citywide Youth Choir, Jaelyn Langston, Wild Wayne & Kango Slim. This once-in-a- lifetime track offers a marvelous tribute to their hometown. 

“Musically, it made sense,” Lumar continues. “There are eight members, so we found eight guests to fit in a condensed timeframe with two bars apiece. It nods to The Hot Boys-era of Cash Money Records. Everybody felt it.” 

In many ways, the title track “Poetry In Motion” embodies the fluid flow of the record. Uniting The Soul Rebels with GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-talented force Robert Glasper and fellow New Orleanian Tank of Tank and The Bangas, it swings from virtuosic verses into an unshakable chorus, defying genre and showcasing their singular style turned up to ten.

“We did exactly what we planned to here,” Julian leaves off. “We didn’t confine the sound to a perception of what New Orleans is or what a brass band is. You can have this sort of instrumentation and make it totally global, universal and modern.” 

“We’ve always written songs, but we had the opportunity to build on our foundation. We’re showing our artistry,” concludes Marcus. 

Lumar agrees, “We’re always pushing to make a revolutionary piece that changes how people hear different types of instruments and music. It’s magical when it happens. We think it happened with Poetry In Motion.”

News

The Soul Rebels Bring the Bounce With Big Freedia-Assisted ‘Good Time’ Video: Premiere   07.12.19

As New Orleans natives, The Soul Rebels naturally know how to have a good time. With the brass band heading for the release of their Poetry in Motion album this fall, the eight-piece ensemble teams with a couple of fellow Big Easy residents in Denisia and bounce pioneer Big Freedia for the sun-drenched "Good Time" visual.

Premiere: The Soul Rebels Dish On ‘Real Life’ In New Video   07.12.19

New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are gearing up to release a brand new full-length album, titled Poetry In Motion, on October 25. To aid in its promotional efforts, the group is premiering a second new single and its accompanying music video, directed by Leff at Vincent Lou Films.