Groove-jazz album full of horns, infectious grooves & colorful sounds, effortlessly combining the best of old and nu skool funk.
"Stefan, you know what the funk is about". (Fred Wesley - legendary MD/trombonist for James Brown, Parliament)
"Fantastic grooves, sound and overall conception. It is so good to hear a bassist that has the sensibility of being the foundation of the music." (Marc Egan - session bassist with Pat Metheny)
"Man, that is some bad sh!@£. It's great to hear from a dedicated funkster like yourself. I really love all the textured bass sh!@£." - Will (session bassist, Dave Letterman show)
"...the bass playing, composition and ensemble performance are both high and diverse in musical quality ...[a] combination of originality and roots." (Rich Appleman - head of bass department, Berklee College of Music)
Liner notes by Richard Niles (BBC Radio 2):
"Whoever thought there'd ever be an Austrian Governor? Well, there is one , and I'm not talking about the big guy in California!
Stefan Redtenbacher (rhymes with 'beddin' shocker') is a groove predator who's the new governor of bass an he's gonna stay hungry until brings you out in a red heat.
His bottom end is pumping iron into a screaming brass section, inspired by the presence of Mr. Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament, the JB horns). The jazzy Juggernaut of rhythm will pound you like a barbarian destroyer until you're running man - running to dig this terminator of Austro-Funk. Stefan's dynamic arrangements will cause a lot of collateral damage and turn your underway red, Sonia.
True, lies have been written about artists before, but mister, freeze your skepticism and erase all doubt. If you're pregnant, this record will give you twins. If you're the savior of the planet being attacked by murderous robots from the future, these sounds will protect you. You'll still want more when you've played these relentless grooves a million times, but have no fear - Stefan Redtenbacher will be back.
released November 10, 2012
Nearly 30 vibrant and talented musicians have contributed to the making of the album, featuring, amongst others (see individual tracks for credits):
- Legendary MD and Funk trombonist Fred Wesley
- Steely Dan guitarist Elliott Randall
- Drummer and percussionist Jef van Veen (Outkast)
- Pianist Steve Hamilton (Bill Bruford, Marco Mineman)
- The horn section from Incognito and the Brand New Heavies
- Israeli sax virtuoso Gilad Atzmon
- Trombonist Nichol Thomson (Mike Brecker, Kenny Wheeler)
- Dave Limina – Boston’s Hammond organ guru
Arranged, written & produced by Stefan Redtenbacher [except where indicated]
Mixed by Rupert Christie
Mastered by Greg Vaughan at Frankfort Wayne Mastering, New York
Artwork by Fred Sofiyana
Photos by Monica Dart
Painting on the wall by Brooke Fitzsimmons
Austrian-bred bassist and funk fiend Stefan Redtenbacher is an anomaly, anachronism and a defiant demolisher of the pigeon-
hole. Currently based in London, Stefan and his band Redtenbacher’s Funkestra deliver “out-and-out spectacular funk” (Snowboy) or, as UK Bass Guitar Magazine put it, “a near perfect slice of jazz-funk from one of Europe’s great players.”...more
supported by 4 fans who also own “Falling From Insanity”
There's something missing. It's funky. But is there any soul here? The performance and production are so spotless...
I've been listening and listening and I can't fault the music but, somehow, I'm not connecting. Peter Jones