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Tommorow Sound Now For Yes Music People

by Paul Cebar

The best batch yet of an endangered strain of fortified, intensified, fully jacked-up, roaring, cooing and exceedingly personal music-making from a singular Midwestern master.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Gimp Sparrow
4:15 album only
2. I Got Trouble
3:14 album only
3. How'd You Get Like That?
4:37 album only
4. Her New Church
5:35 album only
5. Marv's Fluttering Guitar (For Marv Tarplin)
5:28 album only
6. Knock It To Me Now
3:42 album only
7. Like A Gentleman Oughta
2:53 album only
8. Who Can Love Who (And How)?
4:57 album only
9. The Same Dog
5:53 album only
10. I'm Qualified
4:35 album only
11. Spread That Sugar
2:54 album only
12. Do Me Justice
3:14 album only
13. Hey Hey Honey
2:17 album only


Album Notes
A most welcome return to the fray for Paul and his fine crew, TOMMOROW SOUND NOW FOR YES MUSIC PEOPLE takes it’s title from the cover graphic painted by Salim Khan, of Uttar Pradesh, India. Cebar’s good friend, Paul Finger (ringleader of late, lamented Milwaukee funk-ska orchestra, Wild Kingdom), engaged Mr. Khan on a recent visit to the subcontinent and set him loose with a couple of photos of PC and a cracked, spur-of the-moment slogan. Add the exuberant, improvisational Khan spelling sense and a brush to canvas and voila!... TOMMOROW SOUND….

Those who’ve had the good fortune to see Mr. Cebar over the past four years on his frequent forays to your town know what an incendiary outfit he has gathered around him. This disc marks the debut of that crack touring combo on record and what a debut!

Bassist Patrick Patterson, making his first appearance on a Cebar recording, lays it low, lithe and mean in a thoroughly righteous display of bone-deep musicality. Percussionist Romero Beverly, also making his bow with Mr. C, insinuates, articulates and otherwise pitches a veritable storm. Longtime cohort Bob Jennings comes slyly to the fore on organ, piano and horns in his sneakily apt and piquant less-is-more-ism. Drummer Reggie Bordeaux is simply a stone joy throughout lifting all and sundry to new heights of funk and drive. And to top it all off, Cebar’s guitar tones have taken on an edgier, more distinctive concision. A winning lilt if ever there was one.

Recording began in earnest in Brooklyn with Gabe Roth (Daptone Records) at the controls. The fruit of those sessions include the 60’s New Orleans echoes of ”I Got Trouble”, the lonesome soul balladry of “I’m Qualified” (which incidentally boasts the brotherly background vocals of the great Nick Lowe) and the all-cylinders firing romp of “The Same Dog” (co-written with the preternaturally talented Creole singer and accordianist Terrance Simien). That track may be the starkest demonstration of the flat out verve that is part and parcel of this band’s near legendary live performances.

With the charm of the Brooklyn sessions in tow, the fellows hightailed it back to Milwaukee and holed up with a worthy cabal of recordists and mixologists (David Vartanian, Mike Hoffmann, Joe Puerta, Rick Probst and Bob Friedman) to bring home the proverbial bacon , the finest, most sonically adventurous album in the Cebar canon.

TOMMOROW SOUND boasts both the open-hearted spontaneous soulfulness we’ve come to expect from this dedicated musician (“Who Can Love Who”, ”The Same Dog”, ”Marv’s Fluttering Guitar”,”I’m Qualified”) and wild-headed crazyquilt post-Waitsian conjuring (“Knock It To Me”, ”Like A Gentleman Oughta”, “Spread That Sugar”) that feels like a bold contemporary invigoration of the inviting verities he has always explored.

There’s the meaty “Hey Hey Honey”, a delightful a cappela nod to Norfolk’s Bright Lights Quartet (and Alan Lomax’s recording of them for his Southern Journey series), a tender tribute to Sierra Leone’s King of Palmwine Music, S. E. Rogie in his “Do Me Justice”, and Paul’s glorious homage to guitarist Marv Tarplin, Smokey Robinson’s right hand man for the last 40 years, ”Marv’s Fluttering Guitar”. Add the storming plea for tenderness,”The Gimp Sparrow” (richly reflecting Paul’s travels in Cuba, Brasil and Trinidad), the Hot Chocolate meets Latin Playboys skank of “How’d You Get Like That?”and the Afro-Cuban Mission District wallop of “Her New Church” and it’s clear that this is a romp of colossal heart and scope.



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Paul is Mr. Entertainment
I remember Paul's work when it was based around the talents of Robyn Pluer and Juli Wood. This CD is the best of his work sans Pluer and Wood and demonstrates Paul's dedication to a myriad of musical traditions. If you know Cebar's music you will love this CD. If you are new to Cebar you will be surprised by the ability of Mr. Cebar to make your feet move.


Been in my CD player since I got it.
Agree, that it's been too long since Paul put out a CD. But thank god he did. Excellent, just an excellent CD.

John Sullivan

Love Ya Buddy
Paul you are my favorite musician in the whole and I love your new CD. Since I first saw you 20 years ago at Gaspars in Chicago, I have been hooked. Your music has gotten me through thick and thin years and has meant more to me than you would ever know. Since marriage and kids and moving to the suburbs I can't see you as much, but I NEVER forget about you and play your CDs every chance I get. Thank you and wishing you much success and happiness!

Michael Bub

Paul has outdone himself on this effort.
Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans have hit the motherlode on this effort. I've been waiting for months for the release of this record. My wife and I saw him at the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth, Florida back in December and he played most of the tracks live that night. The studio versions have added depth and brilliance to the tunes. He truly captures the world sound on this latest CD. Paul Cebar is the real deal, and for those who love great rhythms by an incredibly tight band coupled with extraordinary lyrics by Cebar - this CD is a must!! Can't wait to get back to Wisconsin for the summer and catch him at Bastille Days.

David C Wood

Always good listening to Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans

david rosen

who's the man?
everything paul touches reeks of soul. who's the man? pauls the man.


Tommorow Sound Now for Yes Music People
A plethora of fine musicians! Thanks for the tunes, Paul. You're a hometown boy doin' us proud!
Thanks, too, to 88Nine for playing Her New Church, or I would never have bought the CD.


Long Time Coming - Thanks!
1st half of the disc is very strong. I am looking forward to seeing him live this summer.

Graham Smith

It's About Time/Way Overdue
My wife and I first saw Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans in 1997 in our hometown, Annapolis, Maryland. The CD Upstroke for the Downfolk had just come out and was getting lots of airplay on the local independent radio station WYPR. I had become hooked on Please Don’t Tell Me More (About My Baby) and when WYPR sponsored a Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans show at a local well loved dumpy bar (the Acme Bar And Grill) I bought tickets immediately and we got our butts down to the Acme well before the show was to start.
The Acme Bar and Grill is one of those great dumpy bars that is way too small for a band, but books them anyway. It’s a narrow little rectangle of a store front bar with tin ceilings and a great beer selection and was completely unprepared for a Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans show.
By about the 3rd song in to the first set, the crowd in the bar had dispensed with any notion of appropriate public decorum- people were dancing in any open space they could find- tables, chairs, the bar………it was incredible. You cannot listen to this band live and not dance- I defy you to try. I was already a fan of the band, but on that night, my wife and I became devoted followers.
Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans make regular annual appearances in the DC-Annapolis-Baltimore area, playing fairly regular gigs at Wolftrap, the Birchmere and the Rams Head Tavern. My wife and I always catch a show when they are in town and they never disappoint.
So, after seeing the band over the years with no new CD out, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans to release something new. Tomorrow Sound Now for Yes Music People doesn’t disappoint and features a lot of the songs the band has been playing at their shows, but hadn’t released on CD. I was particularly pleased to see Cebar include the African Palm Wine song Do Me Justice. Cebar has eclectic far-flung musical tastes and the band has been described as a “Groove and Sway Combo”. They regularly incorporate African pop tunes, touches or Motown, 1960’s rock, New Orleans jazz and stride, and Caribbean musical influences in their work. So on this CD, the palm wine song about a woman asking for some special attention from her man blends beautifully with the soulful Marv's Fluttering Guitar, the dark and edgy Knock it To Me Now, the infectiously danceable The Gimp Sparrow, and the equally danceable and retro sounding I Got Trouble.
This CD has quickly become one of my favorite Cebar discs- ranking up there with Upstroke for the Downfolk, Suchamuch - Live!, and The Get-Go. If you are already a fan of the band, you know you are going to buy the CD anyway- just buy it and rest assured you won’t be disappointed. If you are new to the band and are curious, I highly recommend this disc, along with Upstroke for the Downfolk, Suchamuch - Live!, and The Get-Go. Cebar and his band are an American cultural treasure- if you aren’t listening, you are missing out.

Dave Molter

Another winner from the king of funky soul.
I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing Paul for the first time almost 13 years ago, when "That Unhinged Thing" introduced him to more than a regional audience. While this CD is just a notch under "Upstroke for the Downfolk" (his best, in my opinion), it is still so much more interesting than the depressing junk that's on radio now. The band is tight, the grooves solid, the beat infectious. And Paul is still one of the best unheralded lyricists of any genre. What a band! Do yourself a favor and buy this CD.
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