the-city-champsWith a sound that’s reminiscent of Booker T & the MG’s and the Bar-Kays, The City Champs gets fans acquainted with the rawness of Memphis Soul on The Safecracker which features 7 prime cuts of Stax, Hi Records and Blue Note inspired soul-jazz and funk, produced and engineered by Memphis producer and film composer, Scott Bomar (the Bo-Keys, “Hustle & Flow” & “Soul Men”) at his Electraphonic Recording studio. .  It’s easy to feel their jazz/soul/funk filled instrumentals which make you feel that you are listening to them live.  Led by guitarist, Joe Restivo, who also penned the original material on the album. Joe is one of the premier R&B/Jazz guitarists in Memphis.  Next is organist Al Gamble, who hails from the Muscle Shoals, Alabama region, and has performed live and on recordings with such notables as Rufus Thomas, Syl Johnson, Alex Chilton, and the Memphis Horns. This trio is complete with drummer George Sluppick who is a native Memphian who has spent most of his life on the road performing live and recording with may notables, including Albert King, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Melvin Sparks and Ruthie Foster.  Make sure you visit their Myspace page or go to www.citychamps.com to hear their music.  Come back and tell me what you think.