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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Brooklyn-based instrumental ensemble Menahan Street Band was one of the more interesting and eclectic acts to emerge from the Daptone stable in the late ‘00s. As the backup band for veteran soul belter Charles Bradley, the group summoned the punchy syncopation and streamlined arrangements of soul and funk luminaries like The JB’s and The Hi Rhythm Section, but on its solo albums it stretches out and incorporates a wider range of influences. The Crossing is Menahan Street Band’s second proper full-length, finding bandleader and arranger Thomas Brenneck taking the group through a set of airtight instrumentals that evoke everything from the melodramatic soundtrack work of Luis Bacalov to the tricky rhythms of Ethiopian jazz. The Crossing is formidably diverse, but its rich horn arrangements and persistent air of slinky minor-key menace lend coherence to the album’s many stylistic digressions. It's the group’s most consistent and rewarding effort to date.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Brooklyn-based instrumental ensemble Menahan Street Band was one of the more interesting and eclectic acts to emerge from the Daptone stable in the late ‘00s. As the backup band for veteran soul belter Charles Bradley, the group summoned the punchy syncopation and streamlined arrangements of soul and funk luminaries like The JB’s and The Hi Rhythm Section, but on its solo albums it stretches out and incorporates a wider range of influences. The Crossing is Menahan Street Band’s second proper full-length, finding bandleader and arranger Thomas Brenneck taking the group through a set of airtight instrumentals that evoke everything from the melodramatic soundtrack work of Luis Bacalov to the tricky rhythms of Ethiopian jazz. The Crossing is formidably diverse, but its rich horn arrangements and persistent air of slinky minor-key menace lend coherence to the album’s many stylistic digressions. It's the group’s most consistent and rewarding effort to date.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

36 Ratings

Daptone is #1

thefunkyo,

album is meant to be listened to as whole experience, and a good one at that. You don't pick songs out as the "good" ones like t-ray d suggests. that's not the way this album is meant to be listened to. All the daptone artists are fantastic, and this is another great addition to a fantastic line of albums.

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t-ray d,

sick new material. check esp. #s 4,6, 8, 9, 10

About Menahan Street Band

A loose-knit group of musicians drawn from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and the Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), the Menahan Street Band was assembled by producer Thomas Brenneck. Recorded in Brenneck's Menahan Street. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the conglomerate band blended a whole array of influences into a fresh approach to instrumental soul music that is as odd and quirky as it is familiar. The group's debut album, Make the Road by Walking, was released on Dunham Records, an imprint of Brenneck's own Daptone label, in 2008. After Jay Z sampled the album's title track for his hit single "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…)", the band invested their royalty money from the song in building a studio. Brenneck launched the all-analog Dunham Sound Studios, and the band worked there for many months on the completion of their 2012 sophomore album The Crossing.

~ Steve Leggett

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