Brooklyn multi-instrumentalists Menahan Street Band continue to preserve soul and funk, and their new album The Crossing, due October 30th, offers a diverse collection of grooves. Opener "The Crossing" kicks it off with a smooth drum roll and soothing sax and strings that bob and weave into a track that's ready-made for a rapper, while "Keep Coming Back" sways with large organ vamps that settle into a waltz punctuated by horns. Some tracks ride slow and mysterious, like the sauntering "Bullet for the Bagman," while others open up with immediate layers of melody, such as the lively, brass-laden "Driftwood." Staying still with this record is nearly impossible.
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