On Oakland Zone, Tower of Power gets back to its rather considerable roots. The band formed in Oakland in the late '60s, and—with its horn-driven funk—quickly became a fixture on the thr

On Oakland Zone, Tower of Power gets back to its rather considerable roots. The band formed in Oakland in the late '60s, and—with its horn-driven funk—quickly became a fixture on the thriving Bay Area music scene. In the decades since, Tower of Power has also proved astonishingly resilient, surviving numerous personnel changes and the vagaries of the recording industry. However, through relentless touring, the band built and maintained a solid following that should warmly welcome Oakland Zone, Tower of Power's first new studio release in six years. Drummer David Garibaldi returns to the fold for the first time since the 1979 set Back to the Streets. Tom Flye,

who worked on the act's 1975 classic, Urban Renewal, engineers the recording. Oakland Zone features 14 workouts for the 10-piece band, and while the arrangements are occasionally a little too similar, jam-band fans and funk revivalists alike should find much to enjoy here.—MJ