Make the Road by Walking

Make the Road by Walking

by Menahan Street BandMenahan Street Band


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It's kind of difficult to describe what kind of music the Menahan Street Band make, although the ten tracks (there's also an unlisted 11th track) presented on this debut album share a certain pleasant, easy, and sunny vibe. All are unhurried instrumentals, and while it's tempting to call this stuff soul, it isn't that exactly. There's a jazz feel here, too, but it isn't exactly soul-jazz, either, and then there's a certain intangible Jamaican dub feel to how things are mixed, but one can't really call it dub, and while things get lightly funky now and then, it isn't funk. A loose-knit group of musicians drawn from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson), and the Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Foder), the Menahan Street Band recorded these tracks with producer Thomas Brenneck in his Menahan Street apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and if it's difficult to put a finger on what their sound should be labeled, it's not difficult to like it. Tracks like "Karina" and "The Traitor" have gently hypnotic and shifting grooves that have just enough nervous energy to stay interesting. Nothing here is going to set the world on fire but nothing here is going to make the world a worse place, either. The perfect Sunday morning listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134001527
catalogNumber: 15
Rank: 56309


  1. Make the Road by Walking
  2. Tired of Fighting
  3. Home Again!
  4. Montego Sunset
  5. Karina
  6. The Traitor
  7. The Contender
  8. Birds
  9. Esma
  10. Going the Distance
  11. [Untitled Hidden Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Menahan Street Band   Primary Artist
Aaron Johnson   Trombone
Cochemea Gastelum   Flute
Bosco Mann   Bass
Nick Movshon   Bass,Drums,Group Member
Homer Steinweiss   Drums,Group Member
Leon Michels   Organ,Flute,Piano,Conga,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Thomas Brenneck   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vibes,Group Member
Toby Pazner   Vibes
Micahael Deller   Piano
Dave Guy   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Nick Movshon   Composer
Homer Steinweiss   Cover Photo
Thomas Brenneck   Sound Effects,Producer,Audio Production

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