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From the Rooftops
     

From the Rooftops

by The Funk Ark
 
There's more than a touch of the '70s about From the Rooftops. There's old-school funk, plenty of Afro-beat, and even several pieces that wouldn't sound out of place on a '70s Latin funk compilation. Led from the back by keyboard player Will Rast, they switch between styles very easily, with the horns as the lead voices -- the only vocals are the rapping on

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There's more than a touch of the '70s about From the Rooftops. There's old-school funk, plenty of Afro-beat, and even several pieces that wouldn't sound out of place on a '70s Latin funk compilation. Led from the back by keyboard player Will Rast, they switch between styles very easily, with the horns as the lead voices -- the only vocals are the rapping on "Funky DC," which offers a nod to the heyday of the Parliament/Funkadelic axis. There's plenty of homage to Fela Kuti, whether it's the minor key of "A Blade Won't Cut Another Blade" or in "El Beasto," which mines the musical area between Kuti's Nigeria and Latin America. There's nothing frantic here; it's all a wonderful mid-paced, groove-based workout where the tracks build and the instruments have a chance to enjoy a good workout, the mellowness spreading west of the Atlantic with "Carretera Libre." The four horn players carry a heavy load, but do it in fine style, whether playing the lines or improvising, and trombonist Greg Boyer deserves special mention for his invention and tone, although Rast remains the glue that holds everything together. It's all excellent stuff that bodes well for the future, but more variety of tempo would have been a plus here, if only to shake things up a little. But once a groove like "Horchata" begins, it's impossible to stop the feet moving and the body swaying. Definitely a band to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
Label:
Eighteenth Street
UPC:
0795103017627
catalogNumber:
176

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Performance Credits

Funk Ark   Primary Artist
Greg Boyer   Trombone
Rodney Richardson   Guitar
Josh Kay   Percussion
Asheru   Vocals
Joe Herrera   Trumpet
Matt Rippetoe   Tenor Saxophone
Sitali   Vocals
Will Rast   Keyboards
Morgan Price   Baritone Saxophone
Jabari Exum   Percussion
Jeff Franca   Percussion,Drums
Marc Blackwood   Bass
Greg Loman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Greg Boyer   Composer
Joe Herrera   Composer
Matt Rippetoe   Artwork
Will Rast   Composer,Producer
Jeff Franca   Producer,Engineer
Chris Garrett   Producer,Engineer

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