'From Manhattan To Staten' is one of those albums that gradually loses its appeal the longer it goes on. All of the tracks are smooth, Jazzy grooves with hypnotic bass lines, piano solos, horns, pata-pata drums and the usual 'smooth groove feel'. Most are also slow to start, gradually building long drawn-out affairs and while the best of these ('Staten Island Groove') reminds me a little of 70's funkers, The Players Association, just about gets away with outstaying its welcome, the further into the set you get the more frustrated you feel about the similarity of the groove and length of each jam. I say 'jam' because that is essentially what these 'songs' are - the titles are pretty much irrelevant really.
There is a certain amount of 'borrowing' from classic dance tracks of the past as well as 'Yo Mama's So Phat' sounds like a cleverly disguised smooth jazz version of 'Your The One For Me' by D Train to me and One Way might also recognise the riff on '17 Mile Drive' from their 'Get It Over' track.
To be fair, in small doses this album will get your foot tapping and move yo ass in a classy, slinky way but as a whole its just way too much of the same ol' same ol' for these ears.