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Memphis soul/jazz organ trio The City Champs return to Memphis’ Electraphonic Recording studio for the follow up to their acclaimed debut album, The Safecracker. The Set-Up finds the group stretching out, adding Latin jazz, psychedelia and 60’s film score influences to their established Booker T. and the MGs meets Blue Note/Prestige Records sound.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Electraphonic Recording
  • ASIN: B001VFHFK6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The City Champs are the latest in a long lineage of Memphis musicians to grab the mantle of funky, soul-jazz instrumentals pioneered by acts like Booker T & the MGs, Willie Mitchell and The Bar-Kays.

The Safecracker features 7 prime cuts of Stax, Hi Records and Blue Note inspired soul-jazz and funk, produced and engineered by Memphis producer and film composer, Scott Bomar (the Bo-Keys, Hustle & Flow & Soul Men ) at his Electraphonic Recording studio. The sessions were tracked and mixed entirely on analog tape Bomar used his Scully 1 8-track machine, which was the same model used at Stax,Muscle Shoals Sound, and Chip s Moman s American Studio.

The City Champs are led by guitarist, Joe Restivo, who also penned the original material on the album. Joe is one of the premier R&B/Jazz guitarists in Memphis and holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from the prestigious New School in New York City, where he studied with jazz greats Jack Wilkins, Junior Mance, Cecil Bridgewater, and Phil Markowitz.

Organist Al Gamble, hails from the Muscle Shoals, Alabama region, and has performed live and on recordings with such notables as Rufus Thomas, Syl Johnson, Alex Chilton, and the Memphis Horns.

Drummer George Sluppick is a native Memphian who has spent most of his life on the road performing live and recording with may notables, including Albert King, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Melvin Sparks, Ruthie Foster and JJ Grey and MOFRO.

Mastered straight off analog tapes, directly to disc by mastering engineer Larry Nix on the same equipment he used daily at Stax Records.

Review

So why do I like this record? What's so great about the City Champs, anyhow? Well, I don t much care for your tone, but let me answer by asking you this: what s so great about a paper plate full of barbecue and a cold beer, hanging out on the front porch at the house party cause there s too damn many people in there? What s so right about a fine chick catching you checking her out and smiling at you anyway? What s so cool about finding a funky little joint with thick smoke, dim light, and greasy, soulful sounds spilling out the open front door at two in the morning? If you gotta ask, you ll never know. If you know already, don t waste time running down the runner-ups. Get with the City Champs. If this doesn't fix you, you re busted. --Charlie Wood (Memphis songwriter, keyboard player, curmudgeon)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By toltecs on February 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard "Takin State" in $5 Dollar Cover, I would have sworn it was Booker T and the MGs. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was The City Champs. Went out and bought the CD and love it, particularly Al Gamble on the organ. Al's playing is enough to make me want to go out and learn to play the organ. Fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Mason on May 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Al Gamble is the man. I've never heard a better Hammond player. Funk, jazz, and soul-- simmered, stirred, and all ready to be sopped up with a biscuit.
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Love these tracks. The City Champs is becoming one of my favorite groups of all time, though perhaps the least well known. Do not let this be a secret to you. Do yourself a favor and get some music from this trio.

While called soul-jazz by some, the appeal is much wider for me. Great playing, deep grooves and wonderful melodies. I love great guitar, organ and drums whether in blues, roll, rock or soul. How about you? I think of this as three supreme musicians making magic: Joe Restivo, Al Gamble, and George Sluppick. Gamble is great on organ. Restivo is spot on and his guitar sounds great to me. And George Sluppick is simply great whenever I hear him on any recording. Same great drumming here. This record is recommended as family-friendly candy for your brain. Enjoy.
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