Redtenbacher's Funkestra | Hausmusik

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Hausmusik

by Redtenbacher's Funkestra

Austrian-British, Big-Band Disco/Jazz/Funk for people who don’t particularly like the cheese of ‘The Sound of Music’, conceptualized and conceived in London, Great Britain, featuring funk royalty like Fred Wesley and Stephen 'Doc' Kupka.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Royal Rooster
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2. Fred's Haus (Featuring Fred Wesley)
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3. Music to Swing Your Handbag To
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4. Shindig!
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5. The Chit-chat
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6. The Theme From 'Diamond Tiger'
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7. Bow Wow
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8. Wrbd ('Rocking Big Daddy')
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9. The Sound of Dazz (Radio Edit)
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10. The Return of the Manbag
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11. The Theme From 'Diamond Tiger' (Guitar Edit)
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12. Wrbd (Trumpet Edit)
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13. The Sound of Dazz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Redtenbacher’s Hausmusik – an Austrian-British Funk tale

What is this album all about?

An up-beat, intense and danceable deep house, disco/jazz/funk offering with a big band horn vibe on top, infectious bass lines in the bottom and lots of gutsy guitars and crunchy organ in the middle.

The story of making the album

Bassist Stefan Redtenbacher has been running his band the ‘RB Funkestra’, short for Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, since May 2005, based in London.

During that time Stefan embarked on a studio production journey that featured key members of the live band, many of the great musicians that he has come across in the London music scene and legendary funk musicians that Stefan has listened to since the Funk bug bit him, somewhere in Austria where the hills are alive! (No wonder he run away, that is just scary...)

Influenced by house remixes by his friend and NY producer Thomas Foyer, the concept of a Deep House project was born. Deep House seems to be a DJ version of 80s disco funk and Stefan wanted to go back full circle and produce an album which featured the classic four-on-the-floor disco drum beat, upbeat tempos, infectious bass lines and…. Stefan’s pet love: horns…. and lots of them. And all this played by around 30 musicians and no or very little programming are in sight.

What has come out is an intense, up-beat and danceable instrumental disco/jazz/funk record with a cohesive good-time feel throughout the album – it seems to be a perfect follow up to his 2004 ‘Falling from Insanity’ which was experimenting with different styles, all of course with funk undertones.

Influences

The musical influences that Stefan drew from are of course endless but here are a few reference points:

Although this is an instrumental album Stefan was influenced by classic artists and recordings by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson, James Brown and Tower of Power, as well as contemporary artists like Marc Ronson, Jamiroquai and The Dap Kings.

Further inspiration was drawn from classic Big Band recordings by Count Basie and Quincy Jones, many Blue Note and Verve recording artists from the 60s and 70s, and of course, the Brecker Brothers.

The artwork, which was brilliantly executed by Julian Black, is obviously influenced by the classic Blue Note cover designs by Reid Miles to honour his timeless and tasteful contributions to cover art.


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Richard Saslow

Hausmusik
This is a smoking album. At first I was a bit put off by the disco style drumming, since I was hoping for a Mike Clark or David Garibaldi approach, but it totally fits the concept. It's way funky, and the musicianship is superb. The playing is incredibly tight all around; the horn parts are great. These guys deserve the support of all funk afficianado's. I guess it's Disco-Jazz, but it sure is funky!

Wolfram Haider


Peng!
Das hätte ich nicht gedacht!
Als ich das erste Stück hörte dachte ich gleich an folgendes Motto:
ALLE Regler nach rechts!
Brutal wie Royal Rooster \"wegfetzt\". Nichts für alte Langweiler. Ich stehe auf den Einsatz vom Vocoder und spielte gleich mehrere Loops, YEAH.
Fred´s Haus gönnt einem KEINE Verschnaufpause, nein, auch hier werden die Instrumente ordentlich gequält.
Bei Music to Swing your Handbag kann ich die ersten Eindrücke mit >schräg< bezeichnen. Nun, da ich das Album permanent seit etwa 14 Tagen höre kommt auch dieses Stück extra cool rüber.
Shindig! - Tower of Power eben.
Bei Chit- Chat ist der Applaus zu LEISE!
Als ich Diamond Tiger hörte musste ich irgendwie an die \"Straßen von San Fransisco\" denken\".
Tja, Bow Wow - di-di-di-di-dida .. pa-pah-da. Hui, wirklich nicht übel.
The Sound of Dazz - zuerst manipulierte ich den Bass Regler, ich dachte, hää wer nimmt denn da etwas weg. Ähh, ungünstig, denn nach ca. 10 Sekunden flog mir fast die Membrane des Subwoowers um die Ohren! :-) Ich hätte doch nicht gleich so übertreiben dürfen. Das kommt davon wenn man das oben genannte Motto ernst nimmt.
Boah, fetter Sound.

Alles in allem:
Leute zieht euch die Scheibe rein, es ist mit SICHERHEIT KEIN FEHLER. Von Musik verstehe ich zu wenig um alles genau beschreiben zu können aber alles zu analysieren ist ja nicht wichtig.
Leider kann ich NUR 5 Sterne vergeben. Das Ding hat eine bessere Bewertung verdient!

Mike

Hausmusik
This stuff is like Starsky and Hutch on steroids! 21st century funk with big balls, tight as a gnats chuff, and some wicked solos. Great music for driving, working out, and partying. I'd highly recomend

sugar

Hausmusik
Here comes the funky train and it's runnin' through every track on this album!! The energy and the spirit of this wonderful man and his musicians will blow the cobwebs off your crusty ol'music collection and have you cranking up the volume - hungry for the "four to the floor". The first track,"Royal Rooster" is pure homage to "Disco Inferno" and a joy to the ears. "Chit Chat" is wicked with a deep ol'Chic-type bassline, "Bow Wow" with it's funky driving bass - is relentless!! Inbetween the groovy, funky disco with horns, there are some amazing soundtracks which are beautifully vintage, arranged perfectly for your musical ears and taste!! Mr.Redtenbacher has indefinitely saved the best to last..."The Sound of Dazz" will be the dance track of the summer..it is a classic!! This is his best work so far...and there is plenty more home cookin'to come from the "Funkestra", i'm sure... I will be playing this over and over - regardless of the neighbours...it's brilliant, happy, upbeat and genius!!

Sam

The Haus That Funk Built!
Wow, what an album! Track one starts with a killer run, and the funk dont stop til the album is over! The horns sound excellent and the grooves are tight.. you can definitely hear the Earth, Wind and Fire influence. In short, if youre looking for a funky good time, you need to check out the RB Funkestra!

Lizzie Hayes

Funktastic!
Yet again, Stefan has served up another helping of delicious strudel funk! Highly recommended to all newcomers and seasoned fans alike! Keep it up!!!
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Valeriy Gulevich

Hausmusik
Stefan, believe or not...but this is fantastic CD, where every track return me to the milestones from Quincy Jones, Herbie H., George Duke,Brecker Brothers, E.W.&F., Tower of Power...
I can not say the same words about any other CD...
An excellent taste, arranged absolutely perfect,
everything is amaizing and really genius...
I couldn't imagine to hear such Master Piece from guy who was born...in Austria...just because Austria is homeland of another great music!
But music has not a borders and Stefan Redtenbacher is very bright sample of this fact!
Stefan, thanks for an endless pleasure from your music!!!

Rene

Hausmusik
This Album is a master piece in every aspect. A mixture of a hight of creativity craftsmanship and monster "phat" Bass grooves. The Funkestra is an unstoppable "groove train" that makes you wanna jump on it for the ride !!! Great stuff !!!!
Thanks for this fantastic and inspiring work.

Funky Barbarella

Smile and tap your feet
This is a wicked album – upbeat, so funky and makes everyone want to get up and boogie. ‘The Return of the Manbag’ is totally infectious – once you’ve heard this track you’ll be singing it in your sleep. This album is guaranteed to make you smile and tap your feet.

Henrik Wager

gold dust
Trying to find really high class music these days ain't easy but Mr Redtenbacher seems to have the midas touch. An album packed with ideas both accessable and deep enough to titillate even the most bored hardcore funk muso anoraks in the business. since boozing wizards and then falling from insanity it keeps getting better and I can't wait for the follow up.
Big music with a big heart that never gets trapped in its genre. Fanf***ingtastic!!!!!