Funkasaurus Rex CD "Etched in Stone" review: Phosphorescence Magazine
(Published: February 23, 2010)
In its June 2009 release, "Etched in Stone," New York City's Funkasaurus Rex incorporates all the right ingredients of Jazz, Funk, and R&B into this instrumental mix. The band, created by Joey Berkley, includes a world- class group of players who have performed with a very long list of some of the greatest entertainers in the business. In each of the eight tracks the artists' enjoyment oozes from every note, such as in "But It's Alright," which is pure, unadulterated funk. "PMS" is a medley that takes on songs from "Proud Mary" to "I Got Rhythm" and adeptly succeeds at combining fast and slow elements in inventive arrangements. "Tachedogbe" shines the spotlight on a sizzling saxophone, and "Samia" is a sparkling, relaxing piece with a classy and classic feel. In this array, each composition is given the time it deserves to come full-circle and play itself out to a satisfying conclusion. The listener is allowed to fully and completely enjoy every note and nuance in the playing without being rushed through, and this makes for an enjoyable and gratifying experience. "Etched in Stone" ends on a high-note with the energetic and exhilarating "Six Beauties on a Rooftop" and "Mighty Love." The primo professional players are: Joey Berkley on Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute; Gary Deinstadt on Piano; Seth Glassman on Bass; Bill Harris on Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute; Tony Kadleck on Trumpet; Brian Pareschi on Trumpet; Chris Parker on Drums; John Tropea on Guitar; and Jens Wendelboe on Trombone.
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-Lily Emeralde and Emma Dyllan Phosphorescence Magazine
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