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MTO Plays Sly

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Steven Bernstein, the irrepressible and prolific trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader of the Millennial Territory Orchestra orchestrates MTO Plays Sly. A wild, woolly, ambitious, yet reverent take on Sly & the Family Stone's music, spirit, and legacy. This is no mere jazzer's stodgy reading of source material. It's chock-full of Sly's funk, grit, groove, and visionary sophistication. Issued on Royal Potato Family, this 13-track set offers 11 tunes by Sly and a pair of interludes. The nine-piece MTO is augmented by a slew of guests, most notably organist Bernie Worrell, a true contemporary of the man. Vernon Reid and Bill Laswell also lend a hand, as do five ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Steven Bernstein, the irrepressible and prolific trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader of the Millennial Territory Orchestra orchestrates MTO Plays Sly. A wild, woolly, ambitious, yet reverent take on Sly & the Family Stone's music, spirit, and legacy. This is no mere jazzer's stodgy reading of source material. It's chock-full of Sly's funk, grit, groove, and visionary sophistication. Issued on Royal Potato Family, this 13-track set offers 11 tunes by Sly and a pair of interludes. The nine-piece MTO is augmented by a slew of guests, most notably organist Bernie Worrell, a true contemporary of the man. Vernon Reid and Bill Laswell also lend a hand, as do five vocalists: Dean Bowman, Sandra St. Victor, Martha Wainwright, Antony Hegarty, and Shilpa Ray. Things get cracking in a hurry with "Stand," sung by St. Victor. The MTO's horns and Worrell lead the way with a bubbling acoustic bassline by Ben Allison and Ben Perowsky's on-the-money backbeat. The instrumental intro is basically half the tune and crecendoes before St. Victor enters the lyric with soulful authority, matching the intensity of the band on the refrain. Reid's guitar break at the end, careening over the call and response between the horns, is a monster add-on. Hegarty's voice on "Family Affair" may initially seem an odd choice, but he adds a vulnerability implied in the original. The smoky horns, with Charlie Burnham's wah-wah violin and Mat Munisteri's moody guitar, make this a beautiful groover. None of these tracks misses the mark but "M'Lady," with Bowman on vocals, and Burnham's violin a complementary voice, feed into the chunky horns and Perowsky's popping tom-toms and snare. Worrell's organ just enters the grain of the tune from the top. Speaking of Worrell, his intro to "Skin I'm In," is a set of off-kilter motifs delivered with Sly's good humor: dissonant, classical, gospel, and various Family Stone thematics all lead the MTO, with St. Victor, into the tune. It uses the actual song -- self-empowerment soul anthem -- and pushes it all through jazz and funk. "Time," with Bowman singing, is a slow, soul blues, complete with an extended Reid guitar flameout; it's another winner. Ultimately, it's the MTO whose playing is so tight, instinctual, and empathic in their reaction to both Sly's tunes and Bernstein's charts that makes MTO Plays Sly such a joyous, vibrant album, at least as much for dancing as listening to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Royal Potato
  • UPC: 020286160373
  • Catalog Number: 1110
  • Sales rank: 406,242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stand (9:15)
  2. 2 Family Affair (4:59)
  3. 3 Sly Notions (3:10)
  4. 4 Que Sera, Sera (7:15)
  5. 5 M'lady (5:27)
  6. 6 You Can Make It If You Try (5:07)
  7. 7 Everyday People (4:47)
  8. 8 Bernie Interlude (0:42)
  9. 9 Skin I'm In (4:12)
  10. 10 Sly Notions, Pt. 2/Fun (2:38)
  11. 11 Time (9:07)
  12. 12 Thank You for Talkin' to Me Africa [Vers (5:28)
  13. 13 Life (1:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra Primary Artist
Steven Bernstein Indexed Contributor, Trumpet, Conductor, Slide Trumpet, Group Member
Bernie Worrell Hammond Organ, Guest Appearance
Peter Apfelbaum Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Bill Laswell Electric Bass, Guest Appearance
Ben Allison Acoustic Bass, Group Member
Dean Bowman Vocals, Guest Appearance
Charlie Burnham Violin, Group Member
Curtis Fowlkes Trombone, Group Member
Ben Perowsky Drums, Group Member
Vernon Reid Guitar, Guest Appearance
Sandra St. Victor Vocals, Guest Appearance
Doug Weiselman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Martha Wainwright Vocals, Guest Appearance
Erik Lawrence Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Group Member
Matt Munisteri Banjo, Guitar, Group Member
Antony Hegarty Vocals, Guest Appearance
Shilpa Ray Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Bernie Worrell Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Andy Taub Producer, Engineer
Greg Tate Liner Notes
Steven Bernstein Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Shawn Dos Santos Artwork
Jocelyne Berthiaume Composer
Sylvester Stewart Composer, Lyricist
Jay Weissman Producer
Little Johnny Koerber Executive Producer
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