Funkiphino - Rise Above

  • Funkiphino - Rise Above

    New Release - Funkiphino - Rise Above

    Funkiphino - Rise Above
    Released: December, 2006
    Received/Added: January 2007
    Genre/Style: R&B, Funk, Soul, Disco
    Filed Under: "Local / New"

    Produced by Chris Fischer & Matt Sandowski
    Mixed by Matt Sandowski
    Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder.
    Basic tracks recorded by Greg McRae & Matt Sandowski at Coupe Studios, Boulder.

    Strings recorded with members of the San Fransisco Symphony at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, by Leslie Ann Jones, who's production credits include: Herbie Hancock, Kronos Quartet, Petronel Malaon, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Wayne Shorter, Michelle Shocked, Marcus Miller, BB King & Diane Schurr, Bebe & CeCe Winans, Dave Edmunds, Narada Michael Walden, Carlos Santana, Bobby McFerrin, Maze, The Whispers, Carmen McCrae & Betty Carter, Angela Bofill ... among others ... for full bio and more information, refer to

    Horns & Strings arranged by Dave Eskridge (Tower of Power)

    Special Guests include:
    * Francis "Rocco" Prestia - Bass (Tower of Power)
    * Stephen "Doc" Kupka - Baritone Sax (Tower of Power)
    * Jennifer Batten - Guitar (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, Carmine Appice)
    * Nick Lane - Trombone (his bio reads like a who's who of pop, rock, and jazz artists dating back to the seventies, and includes Maynard Ferguson, Joe Cocker, Chicago, Coldplay, and many many many others).
    * Neil McIntyre - Rap Vocals (Yo, Flaco!)
    * Hazel Miller, Sethe Tucker (Soul School), Tony Price (Soul School)

    Notable Album Notes
    "Only authentic and vintage keyboards and synthesizers were used on this album. Hammond B-3 Organ, Rhodes 73 Stage Piano, Hohner Clavinet D6, Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, Roland Juno 106, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, ARP Odyssey, Mini Moog, & Oberheim TVS-1A."

    Notable Tracks: I think I'm going to have a hard time finding my favorites on this disc for awhile. However, the ones that popped right out on first and second listens for me include:
    #3 - I'll Be Waiting (Little Soul) -- there are moments in this song where Cathy Griffin's vocals and Jennifer Bratten's guitar solo are seamlessly blended and inspiringly performed.
    #8 - World Keeps Spinnin' -- waaaay old school disco, complete with swirling leslie B-3 and Neil McIntyre (Yo, Flaco!) throwin' down rap the way it was once first done ... so long ago. This one really does bring back the "hustle."

    Review: First & Second listen: This is an old school soul, funk, disco, r&b record, instantly bringing up memories of the seventies and artists like Chaka Kahn, Tower Of Power, Earth, Wind, & Fire and others, including touching nods to the wonderful arrangements of The Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP) records. There's nothing ground breaking here, but there isn't intended to be. "Rise Above" is an extremely well crafted, well thought out, and well performed tribute to the icons and influences that created the original sound. The production is first rate, the best that money can buy .. and then some. This is easily my favorite new album of the new year and a way high standard to live up to. Funkiphino finally wins my heart as the best r&b/funk/soul band in the region ... and will surely make my year-end best of list with this record.

  • six months later

    i really found myself tiring of this cd in short order; to the pt where i rarely listen to it anymore.

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