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The Cooker

by Redtenbacher's Funkestra

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Peter Jones
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Peter Jones After the not-so-funky previous outing, this collection gets back into the groove. A solid jazz heart supports complex funk rhythms throughout (with the odd oddity :)). Favorite track: Tricknologists (feat. Jim Hunt).
beads or bees
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beads or bees Come on - pure, uncut awesomeness right here. If you're not hooked by the the end of the first 8 beats of this album, it's not for you. Favorite track: Crankmaster General (feat. Eric Krasno).
Joe Collins
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Joe Collins The Funkestra is a funk machine like no other! Definitely fresh material that deserves a second, third, and fourth listen. Favorite track: Tricknologists (feat. Jim Hunt).
Ethan Diamond
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Ethan Diamond There is a tubax, I need no more information. Favorite track: The Cooker (ft. Lenny Pickett).
The Oracle 05:51
The Whip 05:56


‘The Cooker’ offers his own take of the classic Jazz Funk genre, all masterfully propelled forward by the Funkestra core ensemble fortified with two muscular horn sections, one from the UK and one from the US.

Their burning grooves are mixed in with catchy themes and spiced up with fiery solos, creating a well funky stew.

Special guests include Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power, Saturday Night Live), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Sid Gauld (trumpet) and Michael B. Nelson's Hornheads (Prince, Cory Wong).


released April 16, 2013

Redtenbacher's Funkestra:

Stefan Redtenbacher (bass, bandleader)
Mike Sturgis (drums)
Eran Kendler (guitar)
Sid Gauld (trumpet)
Jim Hunt (tenor saxophone)
Rob Taggart (Fender Rhodes)
Dave Limina (Hammond B3 organ)

Special guests:

Eric Krasno (guitar)
Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone)

The Hornheads:

Michael B. Nelson (trombone)
Steve Strand (trumpet)
Dave Jensen (trumpet)
Kenni Holmen (tenor, piccolo and flute)
Kathy Jensen (alto and bari saxophone)

Additional musicians:

Tom Rees-Roberts (trumpet)
Trevor Mires (trombone)
Paul Booth (tenor saxophone)
Phil Todd (baritone saxophone)
Alex Reffgen (tubax)
Christoph Wundrak (flugelhorn)
Oli Savill (percussion)
Fergus Gerrand (percussion)
Gabriel Nuzzoli (percussion)

String section:

Pete Whitfield (section leader, violin and viola)
Julian Cole (violin)
Paulette Bayley (violin)
Sarah Brandwood-Spencer (violin and viola)
Nick Trygstad (cello)
Simon Turner (cello)

Written and produced by Stefan Redtenbacher

(except 'Crankmaster General' written by Sid Gauld and Stefan Redtenbacher, 'Unsquare Blues' written by Christoph Wundrak, 'The Whip' written by Mike Sturgis, Eran Kendler & Stefan Redtenbacher)


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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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