Just arranging ‘Bow Wow’ from ‘Hausmusik’ for our 6 piece line up…we will give it an airing of Friday at the 606 club…
Just a brief interview, giving a little of my history from way back in little old Salzburg, Austria via Paris and Boston to funky London. Of course being Bass Gear, there’s also very a big helping of info about the gear I like to use both live and in the studio.
Take a look!
When I told friends, punters and other musos that the Funkestra will be playing in Farncombe most of them raised an eyebrow…”in Farncombe?…where are you going to play Jazz Funk in Farncombe?” Well, to my delight I could tell them that we will play at the Farncombe Cavern, the music room above the Freeholders Public House, a few minutes walk from the train station, run by drums enthusiast Andy Moore.
And what a fun night it was…first of all Dusty Pocket a young and upcoming Jazz Funk Band from the Guildford area played their stew of Jazz, Funk and Soul and they sounded really good. It is going to be very enjoyable to see them grow and go from strength to strength.
The Funkestra was delighted to have Jim Hunt, the original tenor player back in their fold after his extensive touring stint with Primal Scream. Keys man Rob Taggert is still out and about with Rumer so Jez Davis had his virgin funk flight with the Funkestra and sounded great. The regular funk brothers Sid, Mike and Eran were all on good form and we performed to a nicely filled room with a very excitable and attentive audience.
A potent ’cause and effect’ story unfolded when the audience wanted a second encore…the Funkestra has a huge repertoire and could easily fill 4 hours of music but on this occasion I came across a stumbling block stemming back from the events that unfolded during the Mini Big Band gig on Friday, 11th of November, the evening of the opening of the London Jazz Festival.
Whilst we had an absolute ball inside a fully filled 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea, some individual(s) decided they wanted to smash in the passenger side window of my car and take off with the black bag inside…the black bag which was home to all of the small group Funkestra pads. Normally, after a great gig I drive home buzzing from the gig being proud of having such a great band. However, that evening I was driving around Chelsea roads stopping at every bin in the hope of retrieving my pads with the sheet music. No luck though, and it means that I now have to rebuild the small band (6 piece) pads..this will be hundreds of pages of music. To make this task manageable I decided to only print out
the parts needed for each set for future gigs….this brings me back to the Farncombe Cavern gig.
When the audience requested the second encore, where I would normally draw from a good number of tunes, this night I couldn’t….I only had the parts for a show with one encore… So, we let the audience decide what they wanted to hear again and we played ‘The Chit-Chat’ one more time to tumultuous response. What a night!
We are pleased to announce that it looks like the Funkestra will host a monthly night from next year at the Farncombe Cavern. As soon as I have more details I will share them but the idea is to always feature new and upcoming talent in these shows.
In the meanwhile, thanks everyone who came out having made this a great night!
Friday, 25th of November 2011 from 8:00 pm
Come down to Funky Farncombe this Friday, just outside Guildford to celebrate the arrival of the weekend with this jazz funk extravaganza double bill at the Farncombe Cavern above the Freeholders Pub, a hoppedy skip from the train station.
We’ll be on stage between 9:30 and 10:40:
- Stefan Redtenbacher – Bass & General Noise
- Mike Sturgis – Drums
- Eran Kendler – Guitar
- Jez Davies – Keys
- Jim Hunt – Tenor Sax
- Sid Gauld – Trumpet
Plus special guests Dusty Pocket (8:30 to 9:15pm)
Door Price: £5
or purchase a £5 CD or Download from my store and receive one FREE entry!
The time has come to take our Funkestra ‘mini’ big band out again. No better opportunity than the opening evening of the London jazz festival.
We will play at the 606 jazz club in Chelsea/London on
Friday, 11th of November at 9:00 pm
For more info on the club http://www.606club.co.uk
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Our funkified personnel will be:
- Stefan Redtenbacher – bass and general nonsense
- Mike Sturgis – drums
- Eran Kendler – guitar
- Simon Colam – keys
plus the ‘Jericho horns’
- Sid Gauld, Simon Finch – trumpets
- Paul Booth – tenor sax
- Trevor Mires – trombone
- Simon Allen – baritone sax
And special guest appearance Katie Hector – vocals
Hope to see you there and expect a thunderous performance (not for the faint hearted;)
Now this is cool: http://t.co/PJF5f0HN
Mixing for ‘The Cooker’ with Rupert ‘Master-ears’ Christie…delightful!
My friend Bobby from Bobby’s backing tracks asked me to play bass on ‘Ruby Baby’ by Donald Fagen.
How could I say no to that? It has the wonderful Fran Merante on drums and you have to check out all the other fantastic backing tracks that Bobby has produced over the past few years at http://www.bobbysbackingtracks.com/ I thought I share my bass part with you.
The original is of course impossible to beat but here is my transcription of the fantastic part by Anthony Jackson.
BTW, the original line up is Jeff Porcaro on drums and additional drums by James Gadson (!) as well as Larry Carlton on guitar, Greg Phillinganes playing the piano solo, Randy and MichaelBrecker making up the horn section…it makes me feel hazy just writing their names in a row…what a Killer line up!
PS: Funny coincidence….a few days before Bobby asked me to play ‘Ruby’ I used the track to set up my studio speakers…after all these years (released in 1982) this album is still hailed as, amongst other things, a sonic milestone by engineers and musicians alike.
Bass legend Jack Bruce, Stefan on guitar and the ‘pick of destiny’
I normally play bass in ‘The Stax’ with Funkestra drummer Mike Sturgis and the wonderful vocalist Louise Marshall from the Jools Holland band.
However, on this great occasion at the 2011 Cornbury Festival, I was playing guitar as our guest artist was no other than Mr. ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce of legendary Cream. As we have the master-slinger guitarist Tony Remy in the band, the bandleader and pianist David Fitzsimons was kind enough to let me play ‘me geetar’. And how much fun was it? It was a tremendous amount of fun. Riffing with Jack Bruce on tunes like ‘White Room’ and ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ is an experience that I won’t forget in a hurry. Also, playing these tunes with a 15 piece band (5 horns, lead vox, 3 BVs, Hammond, piano, 2 guitars, bass and drums) makes quite a noise…
Come and see The Staxs at one of our gigs soon.
I will let you know when.
Just calibrated my studio speakers-was it w/Donald Fagen Nightfly,
James Taylor live or Paul Anka Rock Swings or Prince Gold Experience?