Tower of Power live at the Fabrik in Hamburg 2015

On December 9 2015 epic recording artist Tower of Power from Oakland, California, was showing off their awesome tower groove and world’s best horn section at the Fabrik in Hamburg. As was advertised repeatedly during the show, the band is celebrating its 48th year of existence, providing the world with urban soul music… and as you may know, I have seen them quite often already and highly recommend them as one the most energetic live bands I have ever seen. Just check out Youtube

I especially like their new lead singer, Ray Greene, who joined the band 2 years ago, substituting for Larry Braggs, and also joins the horn section on the trombone at times. This certainly adds to the mix of the already outstanding setup of the band. I really hope Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka, the founders of the band and both well in their sixties, keep it up until at least 50 years of Tower of Power for a hopefully awesome and global anniversary tour.

For anyone interested in the Tower Groove, I especially recommend the video “Tower of Groove” by David Garibaldi, the bands drummer and probably the the most relevant funk drummer of all time.

George Duke live at The Fabrik in Hamburg

On Sunday, Nov 6 2011, George Duke himself was on stage at the Fabrik in Hamburg. His show included various tunes from past decades such as Brazilian Love Affair and Miles Davis’ Tutu as well as tracks from the lates album Deja Vu.

 

The band was ok, with a solid bass player and decent drummer. The guitarist did not impress me much, I must admit. All in all it was sure worth the money. The old albums are far more recommendable, especially those from the old days of Fusion with Miles DavisBilly Cobham or Stanley Clarke.

To get a feeling, take a look at this clip I found from the concert at the Fabrik.

If you are interested, you can join George Duke on Facebook.