Brooklyn Funk Essentials

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Watcha Playin
Studio album by Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Released 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Funk, acid jazz
Length 74:54
Label Comet
Producer Comet
In the BuzzBag
Studio album by Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Laço Tayfa
Released 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Funk, acid jazz
Length 60:58
Label Doublemoon
Producer Doublemoon

Brooklyn Funk Essentials is a music collective who mix jazz, funk, and hip hop, featuring musicians and poets from different cultures. The band was conceived in 1993 by producer Arthur Baker and bassist and musical director Lati Kronlund. In the mid-1990s, the group became a staple of the New York City club scene.

Their debut album Cool And Steady And Easy (1995) scored an underground hit with the rendition of Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan". The following album, In the Buzzbag (1998), included Turkish folk music rhythms and instruments, recorded in consortium with the Turkish clarinettist Hüsnü Şenlendirici. Further albums followed in 2000 and 2009 which more resembled their first offering.

Musicians involved[edit]

Musicians involved in Brooklyn Funk Essentials' projects include:

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Watcha Playin (2008)[edit]

Track listing[edit]
  1. Need 12:40
  2. Dance - Free Night 4:46
  3. Bellybuttons T&a 5:00
  4. Rude Boy Shuffle 6:38
  5. The Park 4:11
  6. Wendell Wedding 5:32
  7. For A Few Dollars More 8:09
  8. Work It Out 6:10
  9. My Jamaican Girl 5:19
  10. Dibby Dibby Sound 2:31
  11. S-curved 7:46
  12. The Day Before Adidi 6:12

Make Them Like It (2000)[edit]

Track listing[edit]
  1. Make Them Like It 4:22
  2. Mambo Con Dancehall 6:48
  3. Date With Baby 5:07
  4. Woman Thing 6:20
  5. I Got Cash 4:50
  6. Confirm Reservation 6:13
  7. Kik It 6:00
  8. Jump Around Sound 4:41
  9. Hard To Stop/Feelgood 6:46
  10. Vinyl Crisis 5:38
  11. To My Peeps 1:07
  12. Martha 4:59
  13. Bill's Playground 4:17

In the Buzzbag (1998)[edit]

Track listing[edit]
  1. By And Bye – 5:34
  2. Istanbul Twilight – 6:51
  3. Magick Karpet Ride – 5:06
  4. In The BuzzBag – 6:27
  5. Keep It Together – 7:26
  6. Selling Out – 5:56
  7. Ska Ka-Bop – 4:50
  8. You Don't Know Nothing – 5:04
  9. Freeway To Üskudar – 4:57
  10. Zurna Preserve – 8:47

Cool And Steady And Easy (1995)[edit]

Track listing[edit]
  1. Take The L Train (To B'klyn) 5:50
  2. The Creator Has A Master Plan 5:51
  3. The Revolution Was Postponed Because Of Rain 4:59
  4. Bop Hop 5:13
  5. Brooklyn Recycles 5:25
  6. Mizz Bed-Stuy 4:10
  7. A Headnaddas Journey To The Planet Adidi-Skizm 6:15
  8. Big Apple Boogaloo 6:21
  9. Blow Your Brains Out 4:59
  10. Stickman Crossing The Brooklyn Bridge 7:27
  11. Dilly Dally 5:10
  12. Take The L Train (To 8th Ave.) 4:05

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • Mambo Con Dancehall [12"] (2000)
  • Mambo Con Dancehall [CD] (2000)
  • Make Them Like It (Sampler) (2000)
  • Magick Karpet Ride (1999)
  • Big Apple Boogaloo (1997)
  • Creator Has a Master Plan [Cassette Single] (1995)
  • Creator Has a Master Plan [CD Single] (1995)