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The Brooklyn Funk Essentials

Multicultural acid jazz collective Brooklyn Funk Essentials was conceived in 1993 by producer Arthur Baker and bassist/musical director Lati Kronlund. By the following year, the group was a staple of the New York City club scene, with early lineups including singers Joi Cardwell, Sha-Key, and Papa Dee, poets Everton Sylvester and David Allen, DJ Jazzy Nice, keyboardist Yuka Honda (soon to co-found Cibo Matto), trumpeter Bob Brachmann, trombonist Joshua Roseman, saxophonist Paul Shapiro, drummer Yancy Drew, and percussionist E.J. Rodriguez. Brooklyn Funk Essentials' debut album, Cool and Steady and Easy arrived in 1994. A major factor in the emergence of independent U.K. label Dorado, the album featured an underground hit with its rendition of Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan," while saxophonist Maceo Parker appeared on "Blow Your Brains Out." When Caldwell exited to mount a solo career, she was replaced by vocalist Stephanie McKay. In the Buzz Bag, a collaboration with Turkish group Laço Tayfa, followed in 1998. Two years later, the group returned with Make 'Em Like It, after which McKay left. The band didn't release their fourth album, Watcha Playin', until 2008. After a return to the Dorado label, BFE released Funk Ain't Ova in 2015. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Make Them Like It

1. Make Them Like It

2. Mambo Con Dancehall

3. Date With Baby

4. Woman Thing

5. I Got Cash

6. Confirm Reservation

7. Kik It

8. Jump Around Sound

9. Hard To Stop / Feelgood

10. Vinyl Crisis

11. To My Peeps

12. Martha

13. Bill's Playground

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Track List: In The Buzz Bag

1. By And Bye

2. Istanbul Twilight

3. Magick Karpet Ride

4. In The BuzzBag

5. Keep It Together

6. Selling Out

7. Ska Ka-Bop

8. You Don't Know Nothing

9. Freeway To Uskudar

10. Zuma Preserve

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Track List: Cool And Steady And Easy

1. Take The L Train (To Brooklyn)

2. The Creator Has A Master Plan

3. The Revolution Was Postponed Because Of Rain

4. Bop Hop

5. Brooklyn Recycles

6. Mizz Bed-Stuy

7. A Headnaddas Journey To The Planet Adidi-Skizm

8. Big Apple Boogaloo

9. Blow Your Brains Out

10. Stickman Crossing The Brooklyn Bridge

11. Dilly Dally

12. Take The L Train (To 8 Ave.)

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Track List: Bellybuttons T & A (Radio Single)

1. Bellybuttons T&A

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Track List: Watcha Playin'

1. Need

2. The Park

3. Bellybuttons T&A

4. The Day Before Adidi

5. Dibby Dibby Sound

6. Work It Out

7. For A Few Dollars More / Faya

8. Dance Free Night

9. Wendell Wedding

10. S-Curved

11. My Jamaican Girl

12. Rude Boy Shuffle

13. The Park (Matthias

14. S-Curved (Nicole Moudaber Dub Mix)

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I'm Rich Mother F**KER !! I'll be spinning your plastic forever
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schmittrich8 3
just flat out inspirationa l thank you so much
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popparthur
Who doesn't like the funk. BFE!
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saucepan
Dont forget keyboardist extraordinai r e A.T.N. Stadwijk
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Cool and Steady and Easy is an unequivocal masterpiece. Everything that followed pales in comparison.
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I love it....
I got cash
Diddy diddy...
will be listening to more....
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I love these guys and just saw a "new" album dated 2008 called Watchya Playin.
Not sure if it's old stuff repacked or what
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BFE is MF Badass!

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