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MTO Plays SLY: Steven Bernstein's Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone

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STEVEN BERNSTEIN'S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA Pays Tribute To The Music Of SLY & THE FAMILY STONE On Third Studio Album MTO PLAYS SLY

With Special Guests ANTONY HEGARTY, BERNIE WORRELL, BILL LASWELL, DEAN BOWMAN, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, SANDRA ST. VICTOR, SHILPA RAY and VERNON REID

Available SEPTEMBER 27 On LP, CD & Mp3 from ROYAL POTATO FAMILY

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 from 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 Bowman, Martha Wainwright, Sandra St. Victor and Shilpa Ray, organist Bernie Worrell, guitarist Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid
b.1958
guitar
and remixer Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
b.1955
bass
. 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 Sly's 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," explains 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
Curtis Fowlkes
Curtis Fowlkes
b.1950
trombone
(trombone), Doug Weiselman (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Peter Apfelbaum
Peter Apfelbaum
Peter Apfelbaum
b.1960
various
(tenor and soprano saxophone), Erik Lawrence (baritone and soprano saxophone), Matt Munisteri (guitar and banjo), Charles Burnham (violin), Ben Allison
Ben Allison
Ben Allison
b.1966
bass, acoustic
(acoustic bass) and Ben Perowsky
Ben Perowsky
Ben Perowsky
b.1966
drums
(drums).

In addition to MTO, Steven Bernstein fronts Sexmob and leads The Levon Helm
Levon Helm
Levon Helm
b.1942
drums
Band horn section. Over a distinguished 30 year career, he's performed and arranged for the likes of Lou Reed
Lou Reed
Lou Reed
1942 - 2013
guitar
, Lounge Lizards, Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
, My Morning Jacket, Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright
b.1973
vocalist
, Elton John
Elton John
Elton John
b.1946
piano
and Marianne Faithful among numerous others.

The track listing for MTO Play SLY is:
  1. Stand (featuring Sandra St. Victor, Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid)
  2. Family Affair (featuring Antony Hegarty)
  3. Sly Notions
  4. Que Sera, Sera (featuring Martha Wainwright)
  5. M'Lady (featuring Dean Bowman)
  6. You Can Make it If You Try
  7. Everyday People (featuring Shilpa Ray)
  8. Bernie Interlude (featuring Bernie Worrell)
  9. Skin I'm In (featuring Sandra St. Victor)
  10. Sly Notions 2/Fun (featuring Dean Bowman)
  11. Time (featuring Dean Bowman and Vernon Reid)
  12. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa (Bill Laswell mix translation)
  13. Life


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