A must have for funk lovers, with real gold nuggets as the perfectly calibrated and performed "The Denunciation", and the very chillax "Paisley Garden", with a nice sax echoed by a twisted synth, and tight funky guitar vibes.
Favorite track: Paisley Garden.
Love the entire album but this track really stands out for me. It's kinda groovy-funky-retro-SHAFTy, jazzy and soundtracky (I'm a big fan of film scores so that's a plus) I really, really dig it.
Favorite track: Looking for My Brother.
"their mythic notoriety will soon become ubiquitous"
Seattle multi-instrumentalist/producer Cheebacabra’s new album, Pass the Information, packs a lot of pimp-struttin’, silken-shafted funk into its 17 tracks. It sounds as if a large crew of super-slick veteran musos not unlike those who played on ’70s CTI Records sessions gathered in a state-of-the-art studio circa 1974, got stoned immaculate, and laid down grooves destined to boost population numbers. 21 names grace the credits, including bassist Mike Porcaro (Toto), keyboardist Steve Moore (Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, Sufjan Stevens), and percussionist Johnny Conga (Jackson 5, Sergio Mendes). Pros, all.
The bulbous, quirkily articulate keyboard motifs recall George Duke at his most mischievous and the fluid guitar glints and glimmers evoke expensive-suited badasses George Benson and Earl Klugh; strategically placed chikka-wahs trigger flashbacks to blaxploitation-film soundtracks and porn-flick scores. Cheeba's clavinet and Rhodes piano—two of the greatest instruments ever—flex flamboyant muscles throughout; he also messes with an array of ARPs, Moogs, Wurlitzers, and myriad percussion toys. Pass the Information is some grown-ass-folks funk that could grow on you.
-Dave Segal, The Stranger
released April 2, 2012
Cheeba: moog voyager, rhodes piano, wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, roland juno-60, ARP string ensemble, melodica, drums, orchestra bells, kalimba, tamborine, shakers
Danny Welsh: flute, sax
Mark Adams: guitar
Daniel Gould: sax
Farko Dosumov: bass
Alex Westcoat: drums, percussion
Nick Allison: rhodes piano
Steve Black: guitar
Zanchie Whitehead: bass
Joe Doria: hammond B-3 organ
Ryan Braun: trumpet
Jay Jaskot: drums
Jason Vontver: drums
Cedric Ross: bass
Kenny Mandell: flute, sax
Johnny Conga: congas, bongos, timbales
Mike Porcaro: bass
Steve Moore: moog voyager, wurlitzer electric piano
Dave Carter: trumpet
Anthony Warner: ARP pro soloist
Bob Lovelace: bass
All songs written, produced and mixed by Cheeba
Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI/CD Mastering
Cover Painting by Branka Brmbota
When Cheeba was 18 years old he got pulled into the inner circle of the legendary Dust Brothers, who redefined the art of
sampling with people like Beck and Beastie Boys. After three years with them, doing everything from cleaning bongs to editing tracks for the Fight Club score, Cheeba parted ways to focus on his own productions. The first Cheebacabra album, Metamorphosis, was released in 2003....more
Reggie Watts on lead vocals backed by Mike Clark and Paul Jackson (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters). Also Fred Wesley (James Brown), Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and myself on electric piano and synth. The Cheebacabra
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Sorry - horrible audio quality!
Encountered this album free on youtube months ago. Bought it today as without sales an artist won't be able to provide us with music like this. I like the creative experimental touch, the instrumentation, chord progressions, rhythm here - great! But man, the audio quality of this recording is far beyond expectation.
Nonetheless, I'd like to hear more from Yussef Kamaal! brifleur