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Exhibition

by Upstart

funk/soul/jazz-hop
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Intro to the Exhibition
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2. There and Back Again
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3. Wait 'til Then (the Pizz. Cut)
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4. Flow
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5. Check the Flipside
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6. Curse of the Goat
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7. Might Sound Crazy
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8. It's Easy
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9. Feel Good
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Upstart and You Don't Stop!

Upstart grew out of a friendship formed when Michael Cartwright, Jarod Sheahan, and Tony Hundtoft found themselves working together at a Michigan dinner theater in 1999. After playing nearly 200 theater shows over the next few summers, the three developed a great friendship, paving a solid musical and personal foundation for their future.

Since their debut in 2003, Upstart has added Josh Bachman and Brad Babinski to their lineup, and played a host of clubs across the Los Angeles area, including the Roxy, Key Club, Viper Room, and Continental Room. Their consummate musicianship and entertaining live performances have also landed them exclusive engagements for the Los Angeles Clippers, and casts of “Desperate Housewives” and “Alias.”

The music of Upstart is rooted in soul and R&B traditions, but maintains a restless sense of discovery that defies the restraints of neo-genres that aim to recreate the past. Utilizing classic instrumentation, including horns and Fender Rhodes, Upstart plays clever, well-crafted songs that feature the groups’ strong vocal abilities. Their combination of sophisticated instrumental playing and powerful singing creates a progressive sound that is uniquely Upstart’s own.

Lead singer and trumpet man Michael Cartwright is a talent that harkens to the golden-era of show business, when entertainers were complete musicians, and Josh Bachman compliments him nicely, switching effortlessly between tenor saxophone and guitar. Drummer Tony Hundtoft composes much of the band’s music and adds vocals from behind the drums, as Brad Babinski anchors the Up-ship with deep, funky bass playing. Meanwhile, Jarod Sheahan, the group’s heavy-handed keyboardist, fills in the cracks with lush chords on the Fender Rhodes , groovy organ lines, and vocals as well.

After recording the 4-song EP “Life Sounds Like…,” in 2004, Upstart released their first full-length album, “Exhibition,” the following year at an unforgettable, rooftop party in downtown Long Beach. Since its release, Upstart has continued to refine their music through a relentless schedule of live engagements, keeping their camaraderie strong and sound as fresh as ever for the journey that lies ahead.


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Sean

Upstart is new and refreshing.
With Exhibition, Upstart provides a look into a new realm of music. The music is refreshing and thought-provoking. With profound attention to detail Upstart managed to make every beat on this CD worth listening to. Upstarts' Exhibition is truly a fantastic album which provides a look at where the future of music, perticularly Jazz, is headed. From the sound of Exhibition that future is going to be very very good.

Austin Peralta

I love this!
This album is a great achievement from the artists who put the effort out. Not that critics/criticism matters, nor is it something for the artists to consider (I mean, some random person's point of view? Come on!), but here me out: This album really speaks to me. It is experimental, and truly a fun experience. It is well-packaged, well layed-out, and the music is extremely thoughtful and well-executed. The artists put many, many months into the production of this presentation, and it paid off. They worked this out from the largest and most important aspects, including arrangement and performance of their material, to the tiniest details of overdubbing a clavé. The album consists of all original material, and the music is refreshing! It is something new! These guys are really moving forward, not over-emphasizing the past. The best combination on this album occurs when, not only the material is refreshing, but it's played refreshingly from refreshing artists, who you will want to listen to. Their ideas are truly original and new and fresh, and that's why I love it. This album contains the kind of music that will change music. It progressive and modern, and mature. This album is just that: an "Exhibition" displaying the work of Upstart in perfect fashion. BUY IT!

Austin Peralta

Unprecedent phenom!
This album is a great achievement from the artists who put the effort out. Not that critics/criticism matters, nor is it something for the artists to consider (I mean, some random person's point of view? Come on!), but here me out: This album really speaks to me. It is experimental, and truly a fun experience. It is well-packaged, well layed-out, and the music is extremely thoughtful and well-executed. The artists put many, many months into the production of this presentation, and it paid off. They worked this out from the largest and most important aspects, including arrangement and performance of their material, to the tiniest details of overdubbing a clavé. The album consists of all original material, and the music is refreshing! It is something new! These guys are really moving forward, not over-emphasizing the past. The best combination on this album occurs when, not only the material is refreshing, but it's played refreshingly from refreshing artists, who you will want to listen to. Their ideas are truly original and new and fresh, and that's why I love it. This album contains the kind of music that will change music. It progressive and modern, and mature. This album is just that: an "Exhibition" displaying the work of Upstart in perfect fashion, and it deserves a superlative all it's own- unprecedented phenom! These guys really know what they're doing and it's honestly hard to describe in words the way you feel after listening! JUST BUY IT!

Deb


What an amazing collection!! Great work.
Fort Calhoun, Nebraska!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brian

Get Ready to Jam!
If you buy this CD, it might be the best $10 you've ever spent! It is an incredible combination of writing, music styles, talent, and feeling. Here is something rare; as good as they are on the CD, they will blow you away in person. If you ever have a chance, check out one of their shows. If you can't, just jam to their CD. You gotta spread the good up-word....Upstart!

Lisa Betts

Fresh, Catchy Tunes You'll Play Over & Over
This is an eclectric collection of tunes that will stick in your head (& stay in your CD player) for a long time. I really appreciated the range of genre in this album. I can't label as rock, or jazz, or funk, or rap & that's refreshing. There's definitely a funky jazz feel that's inviting and fun. Can't wait for their next CD!!