Tell Me Something [LP]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
On their second record, funk and soul revivalists Connie Price & the Keystones (aka Dan Ubick and a bunch of friends) decide to branch out from the pure instrumental music they had displayed on their debut, Wildflowers and add the talent of top West Coast MCs (an exception being the Bronxite Percee P, but as he's signed to Stones Throw, an imprint of which released Wildflowers, and whose founder Peanut Butter Wolf appears here on background vocals, the reasoning is clear). What results, Tell Me Something, is an excellent album that bridges the (small) jump from funk to hip-hop, how the urban blaxploitation soundtracks from Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield tie in so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
On their second record, funk and soul revivalists Connie Price & the Keystones (aka Dan Ubick and a bunch of friends) decide to branch out from the pure instrumental music they had displayed on their debut, Wildflowers and add the talent of top West Coast MCs (an exception being the Bronxite Percee P, but as he's signed to Stones Throw, an imprint of which released Wildflowers, and whose founder Peanut Butter Wolf appears here on background vocals, the reasoning is clear). What results, Tell Me Something, is an excellent album that bridges the (small) jump from funk to hip-hop, how the urban blaxploitation soundtracks from Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield tie in so seamlessly to rap. During the tracks that feature vocalists, the band lays off on heavy horn riffs and B-3 chords, approaching the pieces from a more hip-hop perspective, where drums and bass are most important, the rest of the instruments only coming in as accents or to fill out the hook. This careful arrangement then allows the songs that feature both more melodically driven MCs (Blood of Abraham, Mikah 9 from Freestyle Fellowship) -- or the singer Aloe Blacc -- and the more rhythm-oriented rappers to sound equally good. Percee P, who shows up on three tracks, steals the show, flaunting his complex internal rhyme and storytelling skills with good nature and ease. Ubiquity labelmate Ohmega Watts, too, is impressive on "Master at Work," which fluidly compares a rapper both to a boxer and a warrior ("I'm punching a wooden man, blast though bottles of glass or bricks with bloody hands" and "I read scrolls and demonstrate excellence through discipline, taking the weight") as smooth keyboard lines play out eerily underneath. The band is finally allowed to show off their skills during the lone (disregarding the dark, sparse bonus cut) instrumental track on Tell Me Something, "Hoagies Revenge," which gives the trumpets and guitar space to really explore the groove without the worry of overpowering the vocalist. But it is that, their very ability to accompany lyrics while still retaining their own sense of self, that makes Connie Price & the Keystones a great group, and what makes Tell Me Something a great record. [An LP version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • UPC: 780661121718
  • Catalog Number: 11217
  • Sales rank: 392,870

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Connie Price & the Keystones Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
David Ralicke Trombone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ricardo Rodriguez Percussion
Jeremy Ruzumna Mini Moog
Tracy Wannomae Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Todd M. Simon Flute, Trumpet, Horn Engineer
Sean O'Shea Drums
Richard Lee Electric Bass
Dan Ubick Electric Guitar
Jordan Katz Trumpet
Joel Bowers Tenor Saxophone
Fanny Franklin Vocals
Pete McNeal Drums
Hoagie Haven Flugelhorn
Dwayne Kelly Organ, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Melodica, Wurlitzer, Arp Strings
Kevin Lightening Flute
Barry Bowers Baritone Saxophone
Steve Kaye Quartet Violin, Cello, Viola
Sgt. Harvey Pepper French Horn
Davey Chegwidden Percussion
Technical Credits
Big Daddy Kane Author
Lalo Schifrin Author
George Horn Mastering
Todd M. Simon Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dan Ubick Producer, Engineer
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