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The Clinton Administration - Take You Higher : The Songs Of Sly And The Family Stone



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The Clinton Administration - "Take You Higher: The Songs Of Sly And The Family Stone"
(Magna Carta, 2004)

Après l'intriguant "One Nation Under A Re-Groove" de 2003, album hommage de reprises instrumentales de Parliament et Funkadelic par un "all-stars band" regroupant Dj Logic (Project Logic, Medeski, Martin & Wood), Skerik, Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars, 20th Congress), Melvin Gibbs, Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), Phil Upchurch (Curtis Mayfield) et Chuck Prada (ce qui, sur le papier, déchire!!!), plutôt big band jazz que funk, The Clinton Administration reviennent cette année avec un album de reprises de Sly & The Family Stone intitulé "Take You Higher", que l'on ne saurait trop vous conseiller.
Le groupe a un peu bougé depuis l'année dernière: point de Dj Logic, Skerik, Melvin Gibbs, Clyde Stubblefield ou Phil Upchurch ici, remplacés par Kai Eckhardt de GARAJ MAHAL (basse 5 cordes), le guitariste virtuose Michael Lee Firkins, Cochemea (Cheme) Gastelum du 20TH CONGRESS de Robert Walter (sax, flûte, clarient, effets), Fareed Haque de GARAJ MAHAL (guitare), Charlie Hitchcock de PARTICLE (guitare), Eric Levy de GARAJ MAHAL (claviers), Stanton Moore de GALACTIC (batterie), toujours accompagnés de Chuck Prada du 20TH CONGRESS (percussions), et Robert Walter des GREYBOY ALLSTARS (Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes). Autant dire qu'on tient là un super-groupe issu du berceau fertile dénommé "Jam Bands", qui s'attachent à ré-arranger et re-interpréter complètement ces quelques chansons de Sly Stone avec un son "moderne" et l'accent mis sur une approche "jazz soul psychédélique" par rapport au "hippie-rock-funk-brûlant" d'origine. Indispensable.

links :
[magnacarta.net] Stream the whole album track by track
[homegrownmusic.net] Quelques extraits mp3
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