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The Baker Brothers Time To Testify
The Baker Brothers - Time To Testify
(CD/LP/Digital) Genki Brothers/Record Kicks RKX038, 2011-05-25 (Jap.), 2011-10-10 (rest of the world)

The Baker Brothers are back with Time To Testify, their first studio album since their covers project, Avid Sounds. So how does this latest project shape up? Well, from the opening instrumental, Statement of Intent, you get the feeling that this album is going to be slightly edgier than both Avid Sounds and its predecessor, Transition Transmission. Their sound has developed considerably since their debut album filled with edgy, hard hitting funk instrumentals. Subsequent releases have seen the band introduce vocals, initially from guests, and more recently performing vocal duties themselves, and the sound had gradually evolved, with soul and AOR influences creeping in to their song-writing. The line up has also changed, with one of the brothers leaving the original trio and the overall line-up being expanded to five members. With its fifteen tracks including a mix of songs, instrumentals, rock, funk and soul stylings, Time To Testify is an altogether solid album, and possibly their strongest release since Baker's Dozen.

The Baker Brothers Time To Testify
The Baker Brothers - Time To Testify
(CD/LP/Digital) Genki Brothers/Record Kicks RKX038, 2011-05-25 (Jap.), 2011-10-10 (rest of the world)

THE BAKER BROTHERS - Make Your Move by Record Kicks

Snap Back by The Baker Brothers

Tracklisting Jap. release :
01. Statement Of Intent
02. Make Your Move
03. Painting Pictures
04. Patience
05. Decision Time
06. Feeding Freddie
07. Pieces Of The Puzzle
08. Stick Up
09. Hang Loose
10. The Bottom Rung
11. Roll It
12. The Young Patter
13. Snap Back
14. Head South
15. Genki Strut

Tracklisting Record Kicks release :
01. Statement Of Intent
02. Make Your Move
03. Painting Pictures
04. Once I Had A Friend
05. Patience
06. Decision Time
07. Feeding Freddie
08. Pieces Of The Puzzle
09. Stick Up
10. Hang Loose
11. The Bottom Rung
12. Roll It
13. The Young Patter
14. Snap Back
15. Head South
16. Genki Strut

The Baker Brothers Time To Testify
Artwork for the Japanese pressing on P-Vine

Links :
The Baker Brothers : official | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Record Kicks : official | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube.com

Band Members :
Chris Pedley: (B / Vocals)
Geoff Lai (G / Lead Vocals)
Paul Young (Saxophones / Flute / Percussion / Vocals)
Ted Carrasco (Drums / Percussion / Vocals)
Scotty Baylis (Trumpet / Keys)
Richard Baker (Drums / Percussion / Backing Vocals)





Press Release :
With over 10 years worth of experience and a number of releases on labels such as EMI, P-Vine, and Freestyle, UK funk & soul titans THE BAKER BROTHERS land at Record Kicks with their seventh, and latest musical opus "Time to testify". In the new album The Baker Brothers pick things up where top singles “Once I Had a Friend” and “Patience” left off. The result is “Time To Testify”, a brand new album that sees The Baker Brothers hitting their stride as they mix elements of modern soul, jazz, funk and everything in between.

From modern soul winners such as "Once I had a frined", "Patience" and “The Bottom Rung” to surefire crowd-pleasers such as “Make Your Move” and “Feeding Freddie” and groovy jazzi-funk instrumentals like “Genki Strut” and "The Young Patter", the seemingly effortless prowess of The Baker Brothers takes center-stage and holds no prisoners. Now can I get a witness!



Jap. Press Release :
The Baker Brothers are one of those bands that can be described as 'big in Japan', with at least half a dozen Japan tours under their belts a loyal following here and respectable CD sales. Their sound has developed considerably since their debut album filled with edgy, hard hitting funk instrumentals. Subsequent releases have seen the band introduce vocals, initially from guests, and more recently performing vocal duties themselves, and the sound had gradually evolved, with soul and AOR influences creeping in to their song-writing. The line up has also changed, with one of the brothers leaving the original trio and the overall line-up being expanded to five members.

Now the band are back with Time To Testify, their first studio album since their covers project, Avid Sounds. So how does this latest project shape up? Well, from the opening instrumental, Statement of Intent, you get the feeling that this album is going to be slightly edgier than both Avid Sounds and its predecessor, Transition Transmission. This short track is followed by a sequence of three very strong songs, starting with the hard hitting funk rock of Make Your Move which really gets the adrenaline flowing. Painting Pictures is a catchy song with a singalong chorus that blends elements of funk, jazz, soul and Steely Dan influences. Its refrain of “Singing songs for free just won’t get the rent paid/ Painting pictures of yourself all day” alludes to the struggle of the modern musician to make ends meet, yet the despite this struggle, they feel that this is their natural path in life. The final track in this killer sequence is Patience, a faithful but nonetheless great cover of the classic Rokk tune.

Decision Time is brief dubby instrumental that marks the beginning of the next sequence of tunes which are generally inspired by mid-seventies funk and AOR sounds, Feeding Freddie and Pieces Of The Puzzle deserving a mention, though the next real stand out tune for me is The Bottom Rung, with its spacey synths, catchy chorus and 70s FM radio stylings.

The last third of the album features another trio of strong tracks, the soul funk instrumental The Young Patter, with its Average White Band influences, the funk rock of Snap Back and the mellow summery Head South.

With its fifteen tracks including a mix of songs, instrumentals, rock, funk and soul stylings, Time To Testify is an altogether solid album, and possibly their strongest release since Baker's Dozen.
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