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Classic 4-on-the-floor disco drum beat, upbeat tempos, infectious bass lines and Stefan's pet love: horns!


‘Stefan, you know what the funk is about.’ Fred Wesley (trombonist and MD of the late James Brown)

‘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 Lee (Bassist for David Letterman show)

Review by Snowboy:

I contacted Austrian-born bassist Stefan through the modern miracle of ‘myspace’ and was promptly sent all of his back-catalogue.
I’ve never actually asked him how he does it, but I’ve honestly never seen such a stellar line-up of musicians on anyone else’s cd – ranging from the best of British (think ‘Sound Stylistics’) mixed with superstars like ex-JB and ‘Horny Horn’ Trombonist Fred Wesley.

The music? Redtenbacher’s cd’s are out-and-out spectacular FUNK, but not conforming to any trends – ranging from P-Funk, to JB’s, to Funk Fusion – all with a mighty big-band horn section and recorded with a contemporary edge.

The new cd ‘Hausmusik’ does touch on House music in parts but those tracks are not House really, they just have a ‘four to the floor’ bass drum and hissing hi-hat’s; and as we know, there is more that sets House apart from other genres than just that.

The House-ier tracks just come across as ‘big band Funk meets Salsoul’ and it’s all the better for that, to be honest, plus there are liberal amounts of Stefanbacher’s regular Funk on the cd too. I can’t single a track out because it’s all so consistent, so go to his web-site and purchase his back catalogue. This proves, yet again, that there are much, much more gems hidden away on the net than you see in the shops.


released November 11, 2012


The rhythm section

Elliot Randall - guitar
Mike Ciro - guitar
Pete Friesen - guitar
Eran Kendler - guitar
James Pusey - guitar, sitar
Tom Reif - guitar
Gunter Kuermayr - Rhodes
Dave Limina - Hammond organ
Rich Milner - Hammond organ
Nichol Thomson - vocoder
Anthony Kerr - vibraphone
Thomas Dyani-Aku - percussion
Gabriel Nuzzoli - percussion
Mike Sturgis - drums
Stefan Redtenbacher - bass, guitar, programming


Ana Gracey - vocals
Henrik Wager - vocals

The horn section

Sid Gauld - trumpet
Lee Thornburg - trumpet
Matt Holland - trumpet
Albert Leusink - trumpet
Nichol Thomson - trombone
Fred Wesley - trombone
Ben Castle - saxophone
Thomas Foyer - saxophone (alto), flute
Robert Friedl - saxophone
Jim Hunt - saxophone (tenor), flute
Jim Knight - saxophone (alto)
Mike Smith - saxophone (alto)
Andrew Michael Ross - saxophone, flute
David 'Woody' Woodford - saxophone
Stephen 'Doc' Kupka - saxophone (bari)
Stuart Curtis - piccolo flute

Written, arranged & produced by Stefan Redtenbacher (except where indicated).

Recorded & mixed by Rupert Christie
Mastered by Greg Vaughn at Frankfort Wayne Mastering, New York
Artwork by Julian Black
Photo by Richard Braine

This album is dedicated to the late and great Joe Zawinul and released in memory of James Brown, Michael Brecker, Arif Mardin and Ahmet Ertegün.

Stefan Redtenbacher plays Ernie Ball bass and guitar strings and uses Aguilar Bass Amplification.


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Redtenbacher's Funkestra London, UK

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

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