Music
5:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16"

Dunham Recording artists, The Menahan Street Band
Credit www.brooklynvegan.com

With their snaky rhythms, spooky harmonies and catchy licks, Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band once again takes the top spot on WEMU’s “Sweet 16” for “The Crossing”.  All of the time spent backing up R&B and soul sensation Charles Bradley has sparked a giant leap of creativity and risk-taking in this leading soul/jazz/funk band. 

There are welcome newcomers to the list for the third week of January:  Organissimo, the power trio from Lansing, Michigan roots songstress Rachel Brooke and Detroit-based composer/arranger Scott Gwinnell.  With Aguanko remaining on the list, WEMU continues to support regional talent not only in on air mentions for performances, but with significant airplay.  We hope you enjoy hearing these home grown groups along with the national trend-setters.

WEMU SWEET SIXTEEN January 14 to January 20, 2013

1. MENAHAN STREET BAND  "The Crossing"  (Dunham Records)
2. AGUANKO   “Elemental”  (PKO Records)
3. ORGANISSIMO " Dedicated" (Big O Records) {6}
4. ANAT COHEN   “Claroscuro”   (Anzic Records)
5. BILLY MARTIN / WIL BLADES   “Shimmy”  (The Royal Potato Family)
6. JOSE JAMES   “No Beginning No End”   (Blue Note Records)
7. RACHEL BROOKE " A Killers Dream" (Mal)
8. WINARD HARPER & JELI POSSE "Coexist" (Jazz Legacy Productions)
9. BETTYE LAVETTE "Thankful 'n' Thoughtful" (ANTI-)
10. CHESTER “CT” THOMPSON   “Mixology”   (Doodlin’ Records)
11. SCOTT GWINNELL  “Cass Corridor Story”  (Detroit Music Factory)
12. TAKUYA KURODA   “Six Aces”   (www.takuyakuroda.com)
13. BEN HARPER WITH CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE   “Get Up!”  (Stax Records)
14. WILLIE BUCK  “Cell Phone Man”  (Delmark Records)
15. DENNIS GRUENLING   “Rockin’ All Day”  (VizzTone Records)
16. KEVIN MAHOGANY  “Old, New, Borrowed & The Blues”  (Mahogany Jazz/Maristar Productions)

~Compiled by Patrick Holubik and Linda Yohn