Menahan Street Band
Make the Road by Walking


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tucker Best USER (6 Reviews)
March 4th, 2013 | 14 replies | 1,098 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thanks to Potsy for introducing me to this fantastic record.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, The Menahan Street Band is an instrumental Jazz Funk Sextet. Their music is a must have for anyone who is a fan of Jazz, Soul, or funk. Their debut album Make The Road By Walking was released in 2008 and has been criminally overlooked by the Sputnik nation, including myself.

While neither musician seems to set the house on fire in terms of playing (in my opinion the group takes a minimalistic approach to music), what they do very successfully is come together akin Captain Planet and produce a wonderful record which has something for every music fan. The Beats are Hip-Hop-esque and the horn sections will have Ska fans all over drooling like Bubbles from The Wire. The Simple melodies are woven to produce a laid back feel to the record which had me reclining deep in my favourite chair with no worries.

While not exactly being Ska Punk, there are sections here which bands like Street Light Manifesto would do well to pay attention to. Whether it's the funky up-beat chords from 'Make The Road By Walking' or the luscious acoustic work on 'Home Again!' they nail the all-round chill vibe which I would love to hear mixed with the heavier sections of Ska Punk.

Something worth noting is that Jay Z sampled the title track on his record American Gangsta in the song 'Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)...'. So hey, they must be doing something right.

My only gripe with the record is the minimalistic approach, which could put some people off. You are not going to hear anything to rival the musical muscle of Frank Zappa or Yes. But if you can take it for what it is, you won't be disappointed. This really is a gem.

Recommended Tracks:

Make The Road By Walking
Home Again!
The Traitor
Karina



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ButteryBiscuitBass
March 4th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not great, but a promise is a promise.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2013



4380 Comments


POS'd on the review, nice job.
I heard about this band in a nardwuar interview (of all places), I always meant to check them out but never did. I'll look them up now.

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 4th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You will dig them dude.

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 5th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's soooo good! Love Home Again! It's such a nice chilled tune.

People need to get on this!!!!!

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 8th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to this album bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

demigod!
March 8th 2013



43846 Comments


so apparently I should listen to this!

Digging: Black Flag - My War

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 8th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes you should.

demigod!
March 8th 2013



43846 Comments


jazz funk, sounds sexy.

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 8th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes Demi! You're the man.

demigod!
March 8th 2013



43846 Comments


gonna jam today

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 8th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Go Go Go!

ButteryBiscuitBass
May 14th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Demi, did you jam?

osmark86
May 21st 2013



3777 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

give this some love people..

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 19th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome Osmark!



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