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Emilio Castillo – bandleader; 2nd tenor sax (all tracks); lead vocal (6, 11); background vocals (all tracks)

Stephen “Doc” Kupka – baritone sax (all tracks)

Francis Rocco Prestia – bass (all tracks)

David Garibaldi – drums (all tracks); timbales (1, 7, 12), solo (14)

Roger Smith – Hammond B3 organ (all tracks except 6), solo (1–3); keyboards (6, 9, 13), solo (5, 6); lead vocal (7)

Jerry Cortez – rhythm guitars (all tracks), solo (2, 3, 6, 10, 14); baritone guitar (2, 6, 11); 12-string guitar (2); slide

guitar (3, 6, 9); electric sitar (4); lap steel guitar (8); background vocals (1, 4, 7, 13, 14)

Tom Politzer – 1 st tenor sax (all tracks), solo (1, 4–6, 8–10, 12–14); alto sax solo (3, 11)

Adolfo Acosta – trumpet (all tracks), solo (1, 14); flugelhorn (4–6), solo (8)

Sal Cracchiolo – trumpet (all tracks), solo (9); flugelhorn (4, 6)

Marcus Scott – lead vocal (3, 8, 13); background vocals (8, 11, 13)

Ray Greene – lead vocal (2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12); background vocals (2, 3, 5–7, 9–12); trombone (all tracks)

Joe Vannelli – keyboards; additional percussion (all tracks); vibes (3, 5, 6, 10); marimba (13)

ToP Strings – violins and cellos (4, 5, 8)

Chuck Hansen – bass sax (12)

Leah Meux and Tiwana Porter – background vocals (2, 3, 5– 7, 11, 13; recorded at Track Shack)

Melanie Jackson – background vocals (8, 10)

Dave Eskridge – horn and string arrangements

Tower Of Power

Step Up

Also Available on 2-LP vinyl

With Step Up, Tower of Power forges on into the next decade of the 21st century, while keeping to its continuous hardcore tour schedule and ongoing reinvigoration with the continual addition of new talent, most notably the phenomenal young lead vocalist, Marcus Scott, among many others. Marcus replaced TOP’s longtime lead singer, Ray Greene, who makes his final appearance with the band on Step Up. Also taking his bows on the new album is 30-year TOP veteran bassist Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, who is stepping back from life on the road and whose driving fingerstyle funk is ably replaced on tour by Marc Van Wageningen.

From the band’s debut up to Step Up, the TOP sound remains true to their original musical vision: reach inside the deep, multidimensional well of what is broadly called soul music and bring together all its diverse components in a singular, emotional sound. 

For close to 50 years, TOWER OF POWER has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, the band has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band’s leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as “Urban Soul Music.”

Tower’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn-driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.

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