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1. Crankmaster General (feat. Eric Krasno)
2. The Cooker (feat. Lenny Pickett)
3. Funky Barbarella
4. The Oracle
5. Tricknologists (feat. Jim Hunt)
6. Bo & Rhino (feat. Lenny Pickett)
7. Dragonfly (feat. Michael B. Nelson)
8. The Whip
9. Unsquare Blues
10. Triple X (drum intro)
11. Triple X
12.  One Afternoon In Tunesia
13.  Happy Birthday (to funky you)
14.  Unsquare Blues Alt (feat. Christoph Wundrak)
15.  One Afternoon In Tunisia Alt (sax edit)
16.  Happy Birthday (to funky you) Alt (horn edit)


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“The Cooker”

by Redtenbacher’s Funkestra

Redtenbacher's Funkestra

Redtenbacher’s Funkestra releases The Cooker on April 16, 2013 through Wooden Hat Records. Austrian-bred bassist and funk fiend Stefan Redtenbacher is an anomaly, anachronism and a defiant demolisher of the pigeon-hole. Based in London, Stefan and his band Redtenbacher’s Funkestra deliver what UK tastemaker and musician, MarkSnowboy” Cotgrove described as “out-and-out spectacular funk” or, as UK Bass Guitar Magazine put it, “a near perfect slice of jazz-funk from one of Europe’s great players.”

The Cooker features the core ensemble enhanced by two muscular horn sections, one from the UK and one from the US, and remains firmly rooted in foot tapping groove music. Special guests include Saturday Night Live bandleader Lenny Pickett, Eric Krasno (Soulive) and Michael B. Nelson’s Hornheads (Prince).

Key tracks are the “The Cooker” featuring Lenny Pickett, “Funky Barbarella” (recorded with a live UK string section and the Hornheads ) and “Crankmaster General” featuring US funk guitar ace, Eric Krasno and a cream of the crop UK funk horn section.

Redtenbacher’s Funkestra ended 2012 with a bang after releasing the well-received A Very Funky Christmas EP. The Los Angeles Times described the holiday EP as “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.”

Released by: Wooden Hat Records
Release/catalogue number: RSB-72876
Release date: April 16, 2013


Redtenbacher’s Funkestra

Stefan Redtenbacher (bass, bandleader)
Mike Sturgis (drums)
Eran Kendler (guitar)
Sid Gauld (trumpet)
Jim Hunt (tenor saxophone)
Rob Taggart (Fender Rhodes)
Dave Limina (Hammond B3 organ)

Special guests

Eric Krasno (guitar)
Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone)
The Hornheads
Michael B. Nelson (trombone)
Steve Strand (trumpet)
Dave Jensen (trumpet)
Kenni Holmen (tenor, piccolo and flute)
Kathy Jensen (alto and bari saxophone)

Additional musicians
Tom Rees-Roberts (trumpet)
Trevor Mires (trombone)
Paul Booth (tenor saxophone)
Phil Todd (baritone saxophone)
Alex Reffgen (tubax)
Christoph Wundrak (flugelhorn)
Oli Savill (percussion)
Fergus Gerrand (percussion)
Gabriel Nuzzoli (percussion)

String section
Pete Whitfield (section leader, violin and viola)
Julian Cole (violin)
Paulette Bayley (violin)
Sarah Brandwood-Spencer (violin and viola)
Nick Trygstad (cello)
Simon Turner (cello)

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