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Album Review

Roger Troutman's vocoder/funk seemed a bit thin by the early '90s. While many of his classic vamps with Zapp had been sampled by numerous rappers, Troutman hadn't found a new gimmick. He occasionally generated an interesting riff or lick, but mostly this album demonstrated that Roger's best days were behind him, at least as a hit act.

Biography

Born: 29 November 1951 in Hamilton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Best known as the leader, founder, songwriter, singer, and guitarist of early-'80s funk masters Zapp, Roger Troutman (better known simply as "Roger") also forged a successful solo career. Born November 29, 1951, in Hamilton, OH, Troutman was the fourth child in a family of nine kids, and gravitated toward music at an extremely early age; he was only five years old when he received his first guitar. It wasn't long before the young musician was playing in local bands, including one outfit called the...
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Bridging the Gap, Roger
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  • $17.90
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Contemporary R&B, Funk, Rock
  • Released: 29 October 1991

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