A Very Funky Christmas - Redtenbacher's Funkestra
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Track listing
1. Deck The Halls
2. We Wish You A Merry Jingle Bells Christmas
3. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
4. Ding Dong Merrily On High
5. A Very Funky Christmas

RADIO
Big thanks to all the DJs and stations for supporting the record! Here are the ones we know of. If you’re playing it and you’re not on this list, please let us know.

Aggie Radio / Fusion HD3    Salt Lake City
CHYZ    Sainte Foy, Quebec
CJAM    Detroit, MI
CJSR    Edmonton, AB
CJSW    Calgary, AB
CSCR
fusionradio    Scarborough, ON
KAOS    OLYMPIA, WA
KBCS    SEATTLE, WA
KCSB    Santa Barbara, CA
KCSC    Sacramento, CA – Internet
KCSS    San Francisco, CA
KDHX    ST. LOUIS, MO
KDUR     Durango, CO
KDVS    SACRAMENTO, CA
KEUL    Girdwood, AK
KFAI    MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Thank you, Dr StrangeDub!)
KFMG    Des Moines
KFOG San Francisco, San Jose CA (Thank you Rosalie & Dennis!)
KGLT    Bozeman, MT
KHSU    Arcata, CA
KLPI    New Orleans, LA
KNSU    Thibodaux, LA
KOPN /
KJLU    Columbia, MO & Surrounding
KPSU    SW PORTLAND, OR
KPUR    Forest Grove, OR
KRSC    Tulsa, OK
KSLU    St. Louis, MO
KSSU     Sacramento, CA
KUMD    Duluth, MN
KUNI    Des Moines, IA
KVCU    Denver, CO
KWLC    Decorah, IA
KXUA    Fayetteville, AR
KZMU    Moab, UT
KZSC    Santa Cruz, CA
M3 Radio    Internet
Osprey Radio    Internet
Radio UTD    Internet
Radio Wey (Thank you, Mandy Morrow!)
Soma FM “Xmas In Frisko” Internet (Thank you, Rusty Hodge!)
WAKE    Winston-Salem, NC
WAUG    Davenport, IA
WBCR-2    Beloit, WI
WBOR    Brunswick, ME
WBRS     Waltham, MA
WCNI    New London, CT
WCUR    West Chester, PA
WCVF    Fredonia, NY
WDWN    Albany, NY
WEFT    Champaign, IL
WERU    BANGOR, ME
WFCF    St. Augustine, FL
WFWM    Frostburg, MD
WGLS    Philadelphia, PA
WHRW    Binghamton, NY
WHUS    Storrs, CT
WITR    ROCHESTER, NY
WJCU    Cleveland, OH
WKDU    PHILADELPHIA
WKWZ     Syosset NY
WLFR    Pomona, NJ
WMCO    New Concord, OH
WMNF    TAMPA, FL
WMSE    MILWAUKEE, WI
WMUA    Springfield, MA
WMVL    NYC
WNCW    ASHEVILLE, NC
WNHU    West Haven, CT
WNSU    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
WOJB    NW Wisconsin
WONY    Oneonta, NY
WONY     Oneonta, NY
WORT    MADISON, WI
WOUB    Athens, OH
WPKN    BRIDGEPORT, CT
WPRB    PHILADELPHIA
WPTS    Pittsburgh
WRKC    Wilkes-Barre, PA
WRMC    Middlebury VT
WRPI    Albany/Capitol Region, NY
WRRC    Philadelphia, PA
WRST    Oshkosh, WI
WRUR     Rochester, NY
WRUV    Burlington, VT
WSIN    New Haven, CT
WSUM    Madison, WI
WSUM    Madison
WTCC    SPRINGFIELD, MA
WUMD/ WSMU    Coastal MA / Dartmouth
WUNH    Durham, NH
WUOG    ATHENS, GA
WUSB    Long Island/NYC Metro, NY
WUSC    COLUMBIA, SC
WXAC    Reading, PA
WXAV    Chicago, IL
WXGR (Thank you, Kris!)
WXOU    ROCHESTER, MI
WZBC    Boston, MA
WZBT    Gettysburg, PA
XPN and XPN2 (Jingle Jams) (Thank you, Robert Drake!)

Extra-special thanks to Christmas music guru Barry Howarth for his wit, support and encouragement!

“YAY!!!!! I LOVE THIS and can pretty much promise that this’ll get HEAVY play on The Night Before… well done!!” (Robert Drake, WXPN Philadelphia)

LA Times Music

“This five-song EP is just the thing to brighten up any staid holiday gathering. These instrumentals percolate with Latin jazz-funk, bringing big-band juice and rhythmic punch to four yuletide classics and one original, the title track.” (Los Angeles Times, 3-star review out of 4 by Randy Lewis)

“Outstanding! The best Christmas release this year. … It’s not the usual lame covers of Christmas carols, but explodes with funk, boogie, jazz, exotica, & more! I can’t stop playing it for everyone. … Get this and have an amazing holiday. (Rosalie Howarth on iTunes)

The 25 CDs of Christmas 2012
“Santa’s got a brand new bag thanks to Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher and his crew, who convert classic carols into booty-shaking instrumental grooveathons. Shake your jingle bells.” (Darryl Sterdan, QMI Agency)

“extremely well played” – Mistletunes

“flamboyant” – Parasites & Sycophants

featured – Back To Rockville

“Deck The Halls” on KFOG presented by Dennis Constantine

“Deck The Halls” on KFOG presented by Rosalie Howarth

Watch how crazy Austin Texas college students take a break from studying – to music from “A Very Funky Christmas”

 

PRESS RELEASE

“A Very Funky Christmas” infuses funk, 60s boogaloo, jazz and 70s disco into classic holiday songs. This collection surely will inspire you to boogie through the season and take your holiday joy to the next level. Featured is “A Very Funky Christmas,” a Redtenbacher’s Funkestra original track destined to be added to everyone’s holiday party mix.

“A Very Funky Christmas” was created in a very unique way on three different continents with the help of Skype, Elance and FTP servers. It all started in Turkey when the Swiss producer, Thomas Feurer, found himself heartily humming Christmas melodies into his laptop. A couple of emails later the Austrian bass artist, Stefan Redtenbacher, was laying down tracks in his London studio fabricating funky arrangements you would not usually associate with Christmas.

Thomas Feurer couldn’t wait to get home, to New York that is, where he would add more instruments including saxes, sleigh bells and a flexotone. The icing on the cake was a big bold brass section featuring Dutch trumpet player Albert Leusink and American trombonist Michael Davis. Many Skype and FTP exchanges later Thomas Feurer and Stefan Redtenbacher were so excited about their foolishly funky Christmas creations that they felt like sharing them with the whole world.

Discovered on the freelance website Elance, Bulgarian illustrator, Irina Pamyatnih, brilliantly designed an album cover for the release that perfectly reflects the sassy celebratory music you’ll only hear on “A Very Funky Christmas”.

Released by: Wooden Hat Records
Release/catalogue number: RSB 72978
Release date: Nov 15, 2012

Credits: Fender bass, bass synth, guitars, keys & alto glockenspiel by Stefan Redtenbacher; soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophone, flute, alto flute, piccolo, bass clarinet, bongos, cowbell, guiro, flexotone, sleigh bells & drum programming by Thomas Feurer; trumpet by Albert Leusink; trombone by Michael Davis; illustration by Irina Pamyatnih. Arranged & produced by Thomas Feurer & Stefan Redtenbacher.