Free Music Friday With The Menahan Street Band
Today on Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday, we are pleased to bring you a song from The Menahan Street Band. We first introduced you to these guys in March of 2011 as part of the background on an unknown artist, at the time, called Charles Bradley (read that article here). From the very start The Menahan Street Band has been extremely instrumental (no pun intended) in Charles’ musical successes. MSB co-founder, Thomas Brenneck, co-wrote, and produced Charles Bradley’s album No Time For Deaming. The band played on the album, and has subsequently toured with Charles as his backing band for much of his busy concert schedule. We saw them at The Echo in Los Angeles with Charles. It was great show. The Menahan Street Band form a tight and driving groove behind Charles’ soulful voice (read that article here).
We hope you enjoy this free track from the Menahan Street Band and we look forward to bringing you more music news next week. Have a great weekend!
The Menahan Street Band
The acclaimed Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists in Menahan Street Band are set to release sophomore album The Crossing on October 30 via Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records. MSB are set to perform their new songs on the road this fall, as they head out with Charles Bradley for a west coast run.
“Vibe is a quintessential element in what I’m going for,” says Thomas Brenneck of creating the album. “Vibe, mood and emotion.” Those three elements are all over The Crossing, from the opening drum roll of the ominous title track, through the final burst of wah-wah guitar on the closing “Ivory and Blue.” The Crossing takes you on a cinematic instrumental journey through a nocturnal landscape of moods and emotions, propelled by funky, hip-hop-influenced grooves and dream-like horn and keyboard melodies.
Recorded over a period of nearly two years, The Crossing is an 11-track sonic testament to the fruitful creative relationship that exists between the band, which consists of Brenneck, drummer and band co-founder Homer Steinweiss, bassist Nick Movshon, trumpeter Dave Guy and tenor saxophonist Leon Michels. The five members have been playing together in one project or another since the early 2000s, when they were all members of The Dap-Kings. Antibalas keyboardist Victor Axelrod, a former Dap-King himself, played organ on two of the album’s tracks, while The Budos Band’s Mike Deller contributed piano.