For some 40 years, Tower of Power's wickedly tight horns have been churning out classic R&B and soul, both on the group's own albums and backing up a virtual who's-who of A-list artists stretched over those decades, from Elton John and Bonnie Raitt to Aerosmith and Michelle Shocked. Founding saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Doc Kupka still head up a 10-piece outfit that also includes long-time members Francis Rocco Prestia on bass and drummer David Garibaldi, as well as the latest in a succession of singers, Larry Braggs, who can more than hold his own in comparison to '60s- and '70s-era classic soul voices. That was the then-Oakland-based TOP's most productive hit-making period, when a series of accomplished albums yielded such enduring nuggets as "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go," and "What Is Hip?" TOP's... More >>>