January 01, 1970



It’s been five years since the
Menahan Street Band’s debut CD Make The Road by Walking, much of it
taken up backing up veteran soul man Charles Bradley on his breakout record No
Time For Dreaming
. Essential MSB reference point: all five MSB members are
current and/or former members of the Dap Kings/Budos Band/Antibalas/El Michaels
Affair extended family of modern soul/funk/afrobeat/hip hop true believers.


Overtly cinematic, The
is all about atmosphere and vibe, and lead MSB guy Thomas Brenneck
has crafted ten seamlessly funky and beautifully played and arranged
instrumental tracks in search of a film. Numerous keyboards, synths, punchy
horns, occasional strings, a plucked ukulele and a
whatever-was-lying-around-the-studio feel adds essential sweetening and depth to the usual instrumentation on these crafty,
darkly tinged numbers like “Three Faces,” “Slight of Hand,” “Everyday a Dream,”
the spaghetti western-ish “Seven Is The Wind” and the title track. More Isaac
Hayes than James Brown, The Crossing beautifully plumbs the
beating heart of urban noir.


Is The Wind,” “Three Faces” -CARL HANNI


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