Album: Spaceheater’s Blast Furnace

Release Date: 2009-09-26

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Spaceheater’s Blast Furnace is a rhythmically active six piece ensemble that presents melodic and tight horns over an organic patchwork of afro-latin and hip hop rhythms. The music is composed and arranged by Evan Francis, a member of the original duo who has made his way performing and recording with a diverse list of musical luminaries: Stevie Wonder, Billy Higgins, JBoogie’s Dubtronic Science, Marcus Shelby, Taylor Eigsti, Christina Aguilera, Lyrics Born, Dr. Art Davis, Mike Keneally, Mikey Dread, and John Clayton.
The music on their Ropeadope debut is representative of Evan’s background in afro-latin music, especially in the realm of modern Cuban dance music. As a band, Spaceheater’s Blast Furnace has worked hard to earn support from audiences in and around the San Francisco Bay area, featuring the electronics-laced drumming of Patrick “PDubL” Korte and the deep pocket of Josh Hari on the bass, both talented rhythmists who have backed up artists like Lyrics Born, Peter Rowan and Kev Choice. This album also features the work of
young trombonist Garrett Smith, who’s impressive resume of employers includes Prince, Maceo Parker, George Clinton and many more. Spaceheater has been fortunate to have live and in-studio associations with artists like Kneebody, Kev Choice, Daedelus, Abstract Rude and Mochipet.

“'The Record' is easily the best album I've heard this year. It's so effortlessly hip, funky, interesting, and fun simultaneously. It's a joy to listen to and a joy to play on the radio."
-Seth Samuels, Jazz Director WOBC FM

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