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Red Balloon

Tank And The Bangas

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New Orleans' musical melting pot tradition continues with Red Balloon, a kitchen sink record that stretches stylistically from doo-wop to '70s soul, hip hop to near jazz. While frontwoman Tarriona "Tank" Ball, along with Norman Spence (keyboards) Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute) include new flavors like rapper Big Freedia and second-generation singers Lalah Hathaway and Alex Isley (daughters of Donny Hathaway and Ernie Isley, respectively), the group's heart lies in creating a Stevie Wonder/Earth Wind & Fire-influenced pop soul groove.  Powerhouse live acts like this quartet can have trouble translating their onstage energy in recordings, but here with Ball's commanding delivery and the band's obvious chemistry, their exuberance shines through. Recorded at Bangaville Studios in New Orleans and Revival Studios in Los Angeles, the loud, overdriven sound is clearly aimed at reproducing some of their live show's impact. The recording opens with a twirling radio dial followed by a fast-talking intro from TV personality Wayne Brady before settling into the easygoing soul number "Mr. Bluebell," which is also the first appearance by guest Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews who's a welcome presence on the album. Shorty returns on the group's nod to one of their hometown's most beloved landmarks, "Cafe Du Monde" where "French Quarters in daytime/ That's my getaway time/ Oh, how the time flies at Cafe Du Monde." Allenback's alto saxophone comes into focus on "Heavy." And "Jellyfish," which opens with an intro from DJ Soul Sister, is another slice of slow '70s soul with layered Ball vocals. 
Another guest, Questlove, introduces "Why Try" which grabs onto a jumpy "Shining Star"-styled vibe as Ball does her own best smooth soul imitation. The highpoint though is "Oak Tree" where she rhymes with conviction, supported by Allenback and Andrews, returning to a chorus of "You my oak tree you/ You my misbelieve/ You my collard green/ You the song I sing/ You the front porch/ You like a green lawn/ You like a sweet hello/ From my first love." © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Intro
00:00:45

Joe Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wayne Brady, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joshua Johnson, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, Producer, MainArtist - Albert Allenback, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Mr. Bluebell Explicit
00:02:31

Joe Johnson, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wayne Brady, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - James Thomas, Keyboards, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - L10, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Abel, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - B Dubb, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, ComposerLyricist - Tarriona Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tank And The Bangas, Producer, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Percussion, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Anxiety Explicit
00:02:28

Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wayne Brady, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - L10, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Oak Tree Explicit
00:03:08

Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - L10, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Theodore, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Gitty, Composer, Producer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Trombone, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Communion in My Cup Explicit
00:03:28

Corey Williams, Composer - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Johnson, Composer, Bass, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lëlo, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - 2é, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Tillman, Composer - Itai Shapira, Composer, Guitar, Bass, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Antonio Bowers, Composer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Organ, Alto Saxophone, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Biako, Producer - J. Vito, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Ton3s, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Who’s in Charge
00:03:32

Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - L10, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Producer, Additional Producer - Phoelix, Producer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Edward Neil, Composer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Why Try
00:03:35

Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Georgia Anne Muldrow, Composer, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Johnson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Questlove, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Austin Brown, Vocal Producer, Rhythm Arranger, Wurlitzer Organ, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Itai Shapira, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brian London, Vocal Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Bass, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Blvk, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Biako, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Austin Brown, Composer - Brian Lamar Wiggins, Composer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
No ID Explicit
00:03:10

Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Theodore, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Gitty, Composer, Producer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Vocal Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Etienne Stoufflet, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Fumo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Cafe Du Monde
00:04:00

Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rachel Robinson, Composer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Trombone Shorty, Trombone, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Mixer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Cottontale, Composer, Producer - John Michael Rouchell, ComposerLyricist - Mason Bonner, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamison Ross, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Johnson III, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Easy Goes It Explicit
00:01:37

Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lalah Hathaway, Composer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bassy Bob, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Alb the Builder, Producer - Joe Johnson III, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Stolen Fruit
00:03:37

Ron Allen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Johnson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Austin Brown, Co-Arranger, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Itai Shapira, Composer, Guitar, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Brian London, Composer, Vocal Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Blvk, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Biako, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Austin Brown, Composer - Emmanuel Ventura-Cruess, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Big Explicit
00:01:41

Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Big Freedia, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Johnson, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Cottontale, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mason Bonner, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, ComposerLyricist - Albert Allenback, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Freddie Ross Jr, ComposerLyricist - Norman Spence II, Percussion, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Johnson III, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Heavy Explicit
00:02:40

Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Theodore, Composer, Keyboards, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Gitty, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Alto Saxophone, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Jellyfish
00:03:26

Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Theodore, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Gitty, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - DJ Soul Sister, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, MainArtist - Norman Spence, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Flute, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Where Do We All Go
00:03:55

Todd Monfalcone, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Phelps, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Lalah Hathaway, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tatsuya Sato, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Johnson, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Johnson, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Castelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Itai Shapira, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Collier, Composer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tank And The Bangas, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Spence, Composer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Allenback, Composer, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Biako, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ishmael Cotton, Composer, Keyboards, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

New Orleans' musical melting pot tradition continues with Red Balloon, a kitchen sink record that stretches stylistically from doo-wop to '70s soul, hip hop to near jazz. While frontwoman Tarriona "Tank" Ball, along with Norman Spence (keyboards) Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute) include new flavors like rapper Big Freedia and second-generation singers Lalah Hathaway and Alex Isley (daughters of Donny Hathaway and Ernie Isley, respectively), the group's heart lies in creating a Stevie Wonder/Earth Wind & Fire-influenced pop soul groove.  Powerhouse live acts like this quartet can have trouble translating their onstage energy in recordings, but here with Ball's commanding delivery and the band's obvious chemistry, their exuberance shines through. Recorded at Bangaville Studios in New Orleans and Revival Studios in Los Angeles, the loud, overdriven sound is clearly aimed at reproducing some of their live show's impact. The recording opens with a twirling radio dial followed by a fast-talking intro from TV personality Wayne Brady before settling into the easygoing soul number "Mr. Bluebell," which is also the first appearance by guest Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews who's a welcome presence on the album. Shorty returns on the group's nod to one of their hometown's most beloved landmarks, "Cafe Du Monde" where "French Quarters in daytime/ That's my getaway time/ Oh, how the time flies at Cafe Du Monde." Allenback's alto saxophone comes into focus on "Heavy." And "Jellyfish," which opens with an intro from DJ Soul Sister, is another slice of slow '70s soul with layered Ball vocals. 
Another guest, Questlove, introduces "Why Try" which grabs onto a jumpy "Shining Star"-styled vibe as Ball does her own best smooth soul imitation. The highpoint though is "Oak Tree" where she rhymes with conviction, supported by Allenback and Andrews, returning to a chorus of "You my oak tree you/ You my misbelieve/ You my collard green/ You the song I sing/ You the front porch/ You like a green lawn/ You like a sweet hello/ From my first love." © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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