Tell Me Something [LP]

Tell Me Something [LP]

by Connie Price & the Keystones
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
03/04/2008
Label:
Ubiquity
UPC:
0780661121718
catalogNumber:
11217

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
Steve Kaye   Violin,Cello,Viola
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
Sgt. Harvey Pepper   French Horn
Davey Chegwidden   Percussion

Technical Credits

Big Daddy Kane   Author
Lalo Schifrin   Author
Todd M. Simon   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dan Ubick   Producer,Engineer

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