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Like funk? Well, you’re probably a fan of polyester bell bottoms, oversize Bootsy Collins sunglasses and hair picks. You probably live in Brooklyn or London’s East End and have a healthy but romanticized reverence for all things from past eras.

Chances are that you’re not a formally trained musician from Austria, now living in London by way of Salzburg, Vienna, Boston and Paris. And yet, that’s just what Stefan Redtenbacher is: an anomaly, anachronism, a defiant demolisher of the pigeon-hole. Stefan is a true Austrian-bred funk fiend living in London and delivering “out-and-out spectacular funk” (Snowboy) or, as UK Bass Guitar Magazine put, it “a near perfect slice of jazz-funk from one of Europe’s great players.”

In his youth in Salzburg, Austria, Redtenbacher was weaned on Herbie Hancock and Maceo Parker. After playing the recorder (and hating it) as a young child, the ingenue knew that he loved that deep bass rumble coming from the speakers. After attending business school, Stefan cemented his love of bass at the esteemed Vienna Music Conservatory in Austria before attending Berklee in Boston. He then returned to Europe to live in London, where he formed Redtenbacher’s Funkestra (also known as RB Funkestra).

Striking a fine balance between exciting arrangements and fiery solos, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra never fails to delight with their feel-good, high-energy and original hybrid of funk, soul and jazz. The core sextet is Redtenbacher (bandleader, writer, bass), Mike Sturgis (drums), Eran Kendler (guitar), Rob Taggart (keys), Jim Hunt (sax) and Sid Gault (trumpet). Alongside this core group, their records feature Funk legends like trombonist Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament), baritone saxophonist Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka, trumpeter Lee Thornburg, tenor sax player Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power), guitarists Elliott Randall (Steely Dan) and Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce) as well as the finest horn sections from the vibrant London jazz and funk scene (featuring members from Incognito and Brand New Heavies) and Michael B. Nelson’s Hornheads (Prince).

The prolific group has recorded four albums and have two releases slated for late 2012 and spring 2013: a funky Christmas EP dropping November 15 featuring a ‘60s boogaloo, bossanova, happy-go-lucky, big band approach spanning funky ‘70s disco to contemporary breakbeat. A March 2013 release, “The Cooker,” is the outfit’s fifth instrumental outing. “The Cooker” further forges the group’s unique brand of funk without conforming to any trends, ranging from Parliament-esque ministrations to funk fusion, all with a mighty horn section and recorded with a retro tinge.

Stefan Redtenbacher’s brand of funk is a far cry from the oom-pah-pah that he grew up with in his native country of Austria. Redtenbacher still loves strudel but definitely favours the funk. His work with Redtenbacher’s Funkestra is the rare culmination of studying and living the funk in numerous countries, across two continents and through generations of bass-loving. He has arrived at a funk defiant of classification or borders; a funk all his own.

“The bass playing is great!” - Chuck Rainey (Bassist for Aretha Franklin)

“Man, that is some bad sh**. It’s great to hear from a dedicated funkster like yourself. I really love all the textured bass sh**.” - Will Lee (Letterman Show Bassist)

“Stefan [knows] what the funk is about.” - Fred Wesley (Trombonist for James Brown, Parliament and Funkadelic)

“Fantastic grooves, sound and overall conception. It is so good to hear a bassist that has the sensibility of being the foundation of the music.” - Marc Egan (Pat Metheny Band Bassist)

Redtenbacher's Funkestra   Stefan Redtenbacher, London, Britain (UK)

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  • Featured tracks 7 tracks, 30.41 Redtenbacher's Funkestra on October 22, 2012 17:04

    1. 1. Funky Barbarella Radio Edit 2.24 15572 plays 110.0 BPM
    2. 2. Crankmaster General (feat. Eric Krasno) Radio Edit 2.09 5484 plays
    3. 3. The Cooker (feat. Lenny Pickett) Radio Edit 3.35 1849 plays 94.0 BPM
    4. 4. Dragonfly (feat. Michael B. Nelson) 4.56 622 plays
    5. 5. Fred's Haus (feat. Fred Wesley) 6.31 1727 plays 128.0 BPM
    6. 6. Royal Rooster 5.09 1486 plays 126.0 BPM
    7. 7. The Oracle 5.53 492 plays
  • The Cooker 17 tracks, 1.20.22 Redtenbacher's Funkestra on August 20, 2012 17:19

    1. 1. Crankmaster General (feat. Eric Krasno) 5.12 1746 plays 107.0 BPM
    2. 2. The Cooker (feat. Lenny Pickett) 7.14 656 plays
    3. 3. Funky Barbarella 5.04 1240 plays 110.0 BPM
    4. 4. The Oracle 5.53 492 plays
    5. 5. Tricknologists (feat. Jim Hunt) 4.36 393 plays
    6. 6. Bo & Rhino (feat. Lenny Pickett) 7.17 350 plays
    7. 7. Dragonfly (feat. Michael B. Nelson) 4.56 622 plays
    8. 8. The Whip 5.57 262 plays
    9. 9. Unsquare Blues 6.45 240 plays
    10. 10. Triple X (drum intro) 0.27 285 plays
    11. 11. Triple X 4.50 240 plays
    12. 12. One afternoon in Tunisia 5.53 272 plays 83.0 BPM
    13. 13. Happy Birthday (To Funky You) 0.56 377 plays 96.0 BPM
    14. 14. Unsquare Blues Alt (feat. Christoph Wundrak) 6.44 373 plays 132.0 BPM
    15. 15. Happy Birthday (To Funky You) Alt (horn intro) 1.20 438 plays 96.0 BPM
    16. 16. The Oracle Alt (guitar edit) 5.51 359 plays 93.0 BPM
    17. 17. Happy Birthday (To Funky You) Alt (guitar intro) 1.20 230 plays 96.0 BPM
    1. 1. Turned On 4.02 636 plays 108.0 BPM
    2. 2. Champagne 4.41 404 plays 124.0 BPM
    3. 3. Problems 4.20 297 plays 80.0 BPM
    4. 4. Little Black Raincloud 4.40 344 plays 80.0 BPM
    5. 5. How it's gonna Be 4.13 490 plays 98.0 BPM
  • Hausmusik 13 tracks, 1.13.42 Redtenbacher's Funkestra on October 14, 2012 00:16

    1. 1. Royal Rooster 5.09 1486 plays 126.0 BPM
    2. 2. Fred's Haus (feat. Fred Wesley) 6.31 1727 plays 128.0 BPM
    3. 3. Music To Keep On Swinging Your Handbag To 6.11 462 plays 156.0 BPM
    4. 4. Shindig! 4.24 426 plays 114.0 BPM
    5. 5. The Chit-Chat 5.54 2540 plays 127.0 BPM
    6. 6. Bow Wow 5.35 1400 plays 126.0 BPM
    7. 7. Theme From 'Diamond Tiger' 5.42 776 plays 135.0 BPM
    8. 8. WRBD (Rocking Big Daddy) 5.36 254 plays 126.0 BPM
    9. 9. The Sound Of Dazz (radio edit) 4.07 279 plays 126.0 BPM
    10. 10. The Return Of The Manbag 5.03 677 plays 156.0 BPM
    11. 11. Theme From 'Diamond Tiger' (guitar edit) 5.44 187 plays 135.0 BPM
    12. 12. WRBD (trumpet edit) 5.37 201 plays 126.0 BPM
    13. 13. The Sound of Dazz 8.02 235 plays 126.0 BPM
  • Concubine Chronicles 11 tracks, 1.04.45 Redtenbacher's Funkestra on December 28, 2011 12:36

    1. 1. Zap-A-Lot 5.41 1978 plays 105.0 BPM
    2. 2. Concubine Chronicles 6.23 806 plays 91.0 BPM
    3. 3. Atomic Sterile Flies 5.46 792 plays 124.0 BPM
    4. 4. Ferocious Juggernaut Blondes Revisited 6.01 680 plays 120.0 BPM
    5. 5. Big Bottom 7.03 549 plays 93.0 BPM
    6. 6. Music To Keep On Swinging Your Handbag To 6.48 516 plays 160.0 BPM
    7. 7. The King Of The Jungle 5.32 189 plays 160.0 BPM
    8. 8. Jazz Cats 6.18 354 plays 100.0 BPM
    9. 9. Galactisch 7.55 183 plays 98.0 BPM
    10. 10. Concubine Chronicles-demo (Free download) 6.38 698 plays 93.0 BPM
    11. 11. Austrian Polka 0.35 162 plays

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