Tower Of Power18.7.2008 >> LP 43! >> 30 EUR
19.7.2008 >> Kirjurinluoto Arena >> 55 EUR
Times change, but true funk holds its ground. The syncopation machine of California’s Bay Area has been in business from the late 60’s without stopping. The current incarnation has four original members, including the rhythm section, and the very able Larry Braggs on vocals.
Tenorist Emilio Castillo was a teenager when he moved from Detroit to the West Coast, where he started the Gotham City Crime Fighters. They evolved into the Motowns, who changed their name into Tower of Power, when they started writing original material. The band - who have often loaned their tight horn section to other artists, like Santana, Little Feat, Jefferson Starship, etc – became the godfather of fast-paced, lean and tough, Latin- influenced Oakland funk. Early albums, like East Bay Grease, Bump City, Urban Renewal, In The Slot and the big time breakthrough Tower of Power, including the hits So Very Hard To Go and What Is Hip?, are now classics.
Later on the band has recorded steadily, although on a much slower pace. The latest albums are The Oakland Zone (2003) and the live Soul Vaccination (1999). Saxophonist Lenny Pickett, the musical director of Saturday Night Live, who plays Pori in two settings, is en ex-member of Tower of Power.Members:
- Emilio Castillo, 2nd tenor sax, backing & lead voc
- Stephen " Doc" Kupka, baritone sax
- Francis Rocco Prestia, bass
- David Garibaldi, drums
- Larry Braggs, lead & backing voc
- Roger Smith, keys, backing voc
- Tom E. Politzer, 1st tenor sax, alto sax, flt, clr
- Adolfo Acosta, 2nd trp, flglhorn, backing voc
- Michael "Iron Mike" Bogart, 1st trp, flglhorn, backing voc
- Mark Harper, guitar, backing voc