About the Bass charts
All the charts for the 'Concubine Chronicles' album - full score, tenor sax, guitar, Hammond B3, bass and drums chart were typeset by Phil Knight using the Reprise font he developed himself for Sibelius. The Bass charts are beautifully engraved and are very easy to follow.
Musically there is plenty of room for improvisation - often the tunes have a vamp that loops, allowing the bassist playing along to the minus bass files to create their own variations on the sample pattern. As this was a live recording and all instruments were in the same room you will hear some bass 'bleed' on the minus bass tracks if you listen carefully. However, playing your bass on top of the backing track will make the 'bleed' disappear for most of it.
As always, the KR Player's highlight bar and scrolling mechanism will make sure that you will not get lost in the chart. If you want to work on tricky sections use the slow down facility and of course you can loop and desired section to either practise a tricky part or develop your own bass lines.
About 'Concubine Chronicles'
'Concubine Chronicles' , the Funkestra's fourth album, was recorded in Mark Knopfler's 'British Grove' studio in Chiswick and engineered and mixed by Rupert Christie. The players are Mike Sturgis on drums, Eran Kendler on guitar, Dave Limina on Hammond, Jim Hunt on tenor saxophone and Stefan Redtenbacher, the bandleader and writer, on bass. The album was recorded 'live' in the studio in three days. The idea to record together at the same time rather than 'multi-tracking', i.e. one player at a time, one after another. The idea behind this was to capture the raw energy of their live performances.
About Redtenbacher's Funkestra
"Austrian-bred bassist and funk fiend Stefan Redtenbacher is an anomaly, anachronism and a defiant demolisher of the pigeon-hole."
This instrumental 6 piece, London-based ensemble is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from Jazz, Funk and Soul. He has forged his own brand of Funk without conforming to any trends - ranging from P-Funk, to JB's to Funk Fusion and the funky sounds of New Orleans.
The band was formed in 2005 with Mike Sturgis on drums and Eran Kendler on guitar. Shortly after one of Britain's most exciting tenor sax players, Jim Hunt joined and the band expanded to a six piece a few years later by adding Sid Gauld, Incognito's trumpet player, to the regular line up. For the past 9 years they have performed on a regular basis at the long established 606 Jazz Club in London as well as numerous venues in the South-East of England in addition to British and European Festivals.
Their records feature the core sextet enhanced by the best of British Jazz Funk musicians as well as superstar legends like tenor sax player Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power), trombonist Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament), guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), tenor sax player Rick Margitza (Miles Davis), tenor sax player Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon), baritone sax player Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (Tower of Power), as well as the horn sections from Prince, The Brand New Heavies and Incognito.
Their live shows are highly entertaining, at times intense, peppered with instrumental deftness but always with a sense of fun and humour, customarily guaranteeing 'a good night out.'
'Stefan, you know what the funk is about.’ Fred Wesley
'Stefan Redtenbacher's CDs are out-and-out spectacular funk.' Snowboy
'Stefan Redtenbacher is the UK's funkiest Austrian import.' 606 Jazz Club