The Crossing

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
After Jay-Z scored a hit with a song that sampled the title track of the Menahan Street Band's debut album, Make the Road by Walking, the band sunk the royalty money into building a studio and toiled for many years on its glowing sophomore effort, The Crossing. The Brooklyn-based instrumental band is comprised of players from some of the bigger names in the soul/funk revival of the late 2000s and beyond, including key figures from the Budos Band, Sharon Jones' Dap-Kings, and Antibalas, not to mention being spearheaded by Dunham Records (a Daptone Records sub-label) founder Thomas Brenneck. The Crossing expands somewhat on the band's debut, with the group plucking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
After Jay-Z scored a hit with a song that sampled the title track of the Menahan Street Band's debut album, Make the Road by Walking, the band sunk the royalty money into building a studio and toiled for many years on its glowing sophomore effort, The Crossing. The Brooklyn-based instrumental band is comprised of players from some of the bigger names in the soul/funk revival of the late 2000s and beyond, including key figures from the Budos Band, Sharon Jones' Dap-Kings, and Antibalas, not to mention being spearheaded by Dunham Records (a Daptone Records sub-label) founder Thomas Brenneck. The Crossing expands somewhat on the band's debut, with the group plucking inspiration from a wide spectrum of soul and funk subcategories. The breezy springtime shuffle of "Everyday a Dream" draws on subtle hints of psychedelic soul, while darker numbers like "Three Faces" and "Lights Out" re-envision the moody horn arrangements and distant drum sounds of '70s funk and soundtrack composers like David Axelrod. The band also introduces more abstract keyboard sounds on The Crossing, as with the wobbly synth that sits high in the mix on the faux spaghetti Western-flavored "Bullet for the Bagman." Between the newfound electronics and a more heightened use of fuzz-faced guitar tones, the album has a fierceness and darkness that were absent before. A somewhat convoluted influence can also be heard in the band's staggered beats and use of negative space, calling to mind the earliest rudimentary production work of the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA. In a roundabout way, it makes sense that the Menahan Street Band would find as much influence in work that samples obscure '70s funk and soul as they do the original artifacts themselves. Somewhere between the two, the band cultivates a rich collection of emotionally complex instrumental soul, with precise musicianship meeting inspired production and a deeply studied obsession with the often sampled and less often acknowledged obscure geniuses of soul music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Daptone
  • UPC: 823134002920
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 29,616

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Crossing (5:04)
  2. 2 Lights Out - The Bushwick Philharmonic (2:35)
  3. 3 Keep Coming Back (3:16)
  4. 4 Three Faces (4:34)
  5. 5 Sleight Of Hand (3:00)
  6. 6 Everyday a Dream (3:50)
  7. 7 Seven Is The Wind (5:06)
  8. 8 Bullet For The Bagman (2:57)
  9. 9 Driftwood (3:39)
  10. 10 Ivory And Blue (3:36)
  11. 11 [Untitled] (1:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Menahan Street Band Primary Artist
Victor Axelrod Organ, Group Member
Cochemea Gastelum Flute
Nick Movshon Bass, Drums, Group Member
Homer Steinweiss Drums, Group Member
Leon Michels Organ, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Thomas Brenneck Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Autoharp, Electric Piano, Ukulele, Group Member
Mike Deller Piano, Group Member
Jared Tankel Baritone Saxophone
Dave Guy Trumpet, Group Member
Bobby Chupete Conga
Technical Credits
Gabriel Roth Executive Producer
Sugarman Executive Producer
Thomas Brenneck Producer
Menahan Street Band Composer
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