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Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra - MTO Plays Sly - out on Royal Potato Family

Millenial Territory Orchestra MTO Plays Sly
Millenial Territory Orchestra - MTO Plays Sly
(CD/LP/Digital) Royal Potato Family RPF 1110, 2011-09-27

Originally commissioned by NYC River To River Fest, MTO Plays Sly is Steven Bernstein's love letter to the musical genius of Sly Stone. Growing up in the San Francisco bay area in the 60's Bernstein was first exposed to this music coming from the radio, as well as neighbor's parties. While constantly adding musical delicacies to his plate, Sly has remained a source of inspiration to Bernstein for over 30 years. Recast in the classic format of big band with organ (or more specifically Territory band with organ), these new arrangements unveil the melodic and harmonic brilliance of Sly Stone. While his lyrics range from the optimism of the 60's to the paranoia of the 70's, it is his musical skills that set him apart from his contemporaries. Full of melodic counterpoint and surprising harmonic twists, Sly's music remains timeless. The CD MTO Plays Sly, slated for a fall 2011 release, features P-Funk legend Bernie Worrell on B-3 organ and special guest Vernon Reid, alongside singers Antony, Martha Wainright, Dean Bowman, Sandra St Victor and Shilpa Ray.

Millenial Territory Orchestra MTO Plays Sly
Millenial Territory Orchestra - MTO Plays Sly
(CD/LP/Digital) Royal Potato Family RPF 1110, 2011-09-27

M'Lady | Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra (featuring Dean Bowman) by Royal Potato Family

Tracklisting :
01. Stand feat. Sandra St. Victor, Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid
02. Family Affair feat. Antony Hegarty
03. Sly Notions
04. Que Sera, Sera feat. Martha Wainwright
05. M'Lady feat. Dean Bowman
06. You Can Make it If You Try
07. Everyday People feat. Shilpa Ray
08. Bernie Interlude feat. Bernie Worrell
09. Skin I'm In feat. Sandra St. Victor
10. Sly Notions 2/Fun feat. Dean Bowman
11. Time feat. Dean Bowman and Vernon Reid
12. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa (Bill Laswell mix translation)
13. Life

Links :
Exclusive mixes about Steven Bernstein : part 1 | part 2
Millenial Territory Orchestra : official | flickr | myspace | wikipedia | youtube
Royal Potato Family : official | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Band Members :
Steven Bernstein: trumpet, slide trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes: trombone
Doug Weiselman: clarinet, tenor saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Erik Lawrence: baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone
Matt Munisteri: guitar, banjo
Charles Burnham: violin
Ben Allison: acoustic bass
Ben Perowsky: drums
Bernie Worrell (1,8): keyboards
Vernon Reid (1,11): guitar
Antony Hegarty (2): vocals
Martha Wainwright (4): vocals
Shilpa Ray (7): vocals
Sandra St. Victor (1,9): vocals
Dean Bowman (5,10,11): vocals

Tour Dates : 11.09.11 PARIS, France -

Sandra St. Victor performing "Stand" at Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra's Sly Stone Celebration, Castle Clinton, NYC 7-16-09. The band also featured Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid.

Sandra St. Victor performing "Skin I'm In" at Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra's Sly Stone Celebration, Castle Clinton, NYC 7-16-09.

Vernon Reid & Dean Bowman performing "Time" at Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra's Sly Stone Celebration, Castle Clinton, NYC 7-16-09. Bernie Worrell is on organ.

Press Release :
New York City's favorite "little big band", Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, cracks open wide the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its third studio album, MTO Plays SLY, due September 27 on Royal Potato Family. For this freewheeling and jubilant 13-track tribute, MTO is propelled by a dynamic cast of special guests, including vocalists Antony Hegarty, Dean Bowmen, Martha Wainwright, Sandra St. Victor and Shilpa Ray, organist Bernie Worrell, guitarist Vernon Reid and remixer Bill Laswell. By re-imagining the music of Sly Stone through the filter of their own "downtown NYC" aesthetic, Bernstein and company illuminate the melodic and harmonic sophistication of this timeless body of work, while upholding the Day-Glo soul and psychedelic funk that's the backbone of classics like "M'Lady", "Everyday People" and "Family Affair."

"I've been thinking about Sly's music for a long time. He represented endless possibilities by bringing creative freedom and experimentation to popular music. Sly took the whole of American sounds: blues, gospel, rock, jazz, country and gave it a fresh look through his own rose colored glasses", exclaims Bernstein. "Harmonically, rhythmically, linguistically, socially -- he broke ground on all fronts. Sly was multiculti before we even knew that was a possibility. The biggest lesson I've received from him is that it's all part of the musical gumbo and it's up to each individual to create their personal combination." Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra is: Steven Bernstein (trumpet and slide trumpet), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Doug Weiselman (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and soprano saxophone), Erik Lawrence (baritone and soprano saxophone), Matt Munisteri (guitar and banjo), Charles Burnham (violin), Ben Allison (acoustic bass) and Ben Perowsky (drums).

In addition to MTO, Steven Bernstein fronts Sexmob and leads The Levon Helm Band horn section. Over a distinguished 30 year career, he's performed and arranged for the likes of Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, Sam Rivers, My Morning Jacket, Rufus Wainwright and Marianne Faithful among numerous others.


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