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ARTIST
TITLE
Alphabet City Music Club
FORMAT
LP

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BBS 009LP BBS 009LP
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RELEASE DATE
11/16/2018

LP version. It's ten years that The Rongetz Foundation is hanging around the five boroughs. Ten years of wonderful jazz-tainted recordings, with Gary Bartz, Gregory Porter, Corey Fonville, and Ronnie Cuber, to name a few, "stained" with the grit of soul and funk music that Rongetz (aka Stephane Ronget) likes to bring to the table. This album, Alphabet City Music Club is a marvelous example of that stylish balance established in between raw and sophisticated feel. The place of the recording first, Alphabet City, is a genuine inner town in Manhattan that was for long time defined like this: "Avenue A, you're Alright. Avenue B, you're Brave. Avenue C, you're Crazy. Avenue D, you're Dead". There are two sessions that are part of the album: one is very much jazz-funk oriented with Corey Fonville (drums), Corcoran Holt (bass), Mathis Picard (keys), Morgan Guerin (tenor sax/EWI), and Erena Terakubo (alto sax/flute). The other one spreads soul music all around with: Homer Steinweiss (drums), Jeremy Kay (bass), Kyle Koehler (organ), and Guerin (tenor sax). The two sessions, ultimately came together with the help of talented young vocalists Alina Engibaryan (Snarky Puppy), Vuyo Sotashe, Vanisha Gould, Lewis Parker, and Mr Day. Mix all those elements in a rusty blender and you will enjoy the bootleg Bourbon, hard shake that is Alphabet City Music Club.