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  1. What Is Hip?

Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte and I were Berkeley, CA roommates when the band cut the original version of this tune back in 1973.  These days, Bruce lives in the Philippines, but we'd stayed in touch and looked for an opportunity to play together again.  That opportunity came in July, 2011, when I helped arrange for Bruce to play a series of gigs in Portland, including a live recording at Jimmy Mak's with Soul Vaccination.  This track is a re-imagining of TOP's iconic "What Is Hip?" as a guitar feature.  The band was on fire, especially drummer Edwin Coleman III and Bruce himself!