Saturday, June 20, 2009

FoundTrack's Winter '09 Collection (Track 22/22) - The Menahan Street Band - Going the Distance

The Menahan Street Band - Going the Distance (Track 22 of 22)
Album - Make the Road By Walking (Sample/Purchase)
Label - Dunham (Daptone)
Photo By Parsley Steinweiss

The Menahan Street Band is a super group of the best in brass musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings , El Michels Affair, Antibalas and The Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush with eerily quirky arrangements, vibes, horns, piano, organ, and percussion all served with the subtle guitar strings on the album's plate. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking was released on Dunham Records, Brenneck’s new imprint of Daptone Records. You may have noticed that our featured "Going the Distance" is an interpolation of Bill Conti's famed Rocky score. In concluding this Winter compilation, we just had to make sure we went the distance as well, that is...all the way into Speaking of which, here is some footage from their debut performance last year at NY's annual SummerStage Concert Series in Central Park.

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