It all began with “THIS JOURNERY IN” single 12” almost 10 years ago, which has led to an incredible journey thus far. After hearing this track, within two days of final submissions, KING BRITT quickly added it to his BLACK TO THE FUTURE compilation. From there it went on a two year journey getting added to comps by GILES PETERSON’s Trust The DJ, CALIFORNIA SOUL, NORMAN JAY’S GIANT 45, among the few and now considered by many to be an underground classic.
With a tour of UK/European territories for the second single release with the up groove “Every Body Say Yeah” it quickly picked up where This Journey In left off, gaining recognition by pioneers like Little Louie Vega who then added the track to the SOUL HEAVEN presents MASTERS At WORK compilation.
This was to set up the full length 11-track album release apply titled, “This Journey In” recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles and released through newly start up label Kajmere Sound. On this release, The Rebirth, matches its musical vitality with a gift for lucid poetry and songwriting, creating a rich sound built on an organic blend of new and traditional soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk. These elements make the group’s music both highly progressive and a throwback to the classic soul bands like: Earth, Wind & Fire, Ramp, Pleasure, Rotary Connection, Side Effect and Roy Ayers.
Known for turning covers into their own in their live performances, Ubiquity Records rep Jamie Strong, requested The Rebirth record the Mighty Ryders “Evil Vibration” which he heard them do live. Once released on REWIND 4, it quickly caught fire and once again The Rebirth had another underground hit on their hands.
With momentum behind them this set off 3 separate tours of Europe/UK, Ireland, playing festivals like the SouthPort Weekender, Big Chill, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Blue Note tours in Japan throughout, included multiple dates in the states.
Over the years, The Rebirth has garnered critical acclaim for their releases. “Evil Vibrations” was nominated for “Song of the Year” at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and concluding in 2004 at #6 on his play list. In addition, Gilles Peterson included “This Journey In” on his list of “20 Best in 2003” and Norman Jay called it, “The anthem of the summer”.
Between working on full length releases, they put out “Sum Same” for the Kajmere Sound comp vol. 1 and the “Love Issue EP” which was the last song the original lead vocalists Noelle Scaggs would sing on before pursuing her solo career. This track reviewed by Blues and Soul (UK) columnist Snowboy rated this a rare 10 out of 10 stars and stated “…‘Rebirth’ come thundering back with the most glorious and heavenly piece of Jazz Funk imaginable.,. I’m going to have trouble finding a better record than this instant classic this year (2008)”
The Rebirths journey has had many turns but all been to set up the stage for 2012 forthcoming release entitled “Being Through the Eyes of a Child” about 4 years in the making. This Journey in was an exploration on self discovery which leads to our awakening of our inner child within us, bringing this journey full circle. The newly released single “Samurai” is the new chapter and new era of The Rebirth.
At times mystical, always genuine, The Rebirth’s strength is not only present in the chemistry provided by the instruments, but also in the group’s dynamic harmonic vocal layering. In this age of sampling and computers, the crafting of the great song and the great record is simply not as common. The Rebirth pays special attention to everything that makes a song find its own greatness. Melody, rhythm, lyrics, instrumentation, arrangement, performance and production are equally emphasized. This has been the common thread for each release and why sometimes the compositions are prepared through a process not bound by time but the legacy it will leave behind.
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