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Album Review

Trumpeter Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory orchestra is inspired by the leader hearing some of the exciting late '20s and early '30s recordings of territory bands. While some of the music performed by his nonet is taken from that early period, including "Boy In the Boat," "Happy Hour Blues" and "Toby," they alternate with originals that are sometimes only loosely connected to the style. Even the revivals of vintage songs include adventurous solos and plenty of surprises, so MTO, Vol. 1 is more of a tribute than a re-creation. The musicians all show versatility, trombonist Clark Gayton takes particularly impressive solos, and the overall, the music is quite fun. Easily recommended to fans of the Mingus Big Band and other somewhat riotous ensembles.

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This is a terrific cover of a Stevie Wonder tool from the 70's. If one were to divorce himself from prior knowledge concerning the song origins then this recording sounds brand new. The intricate tonal changes, strong blues line and gruff vocalizations make this a must own for the music collector. It is also solid restoration of the music of an era before Big Bands went national.


Born: October 8, 1961 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

New York trumpeter Steven Bernstein was music director of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, co-leader of the trio Spanish Fly, and served as arranger and leader of the Kansas City Band (from the Robert Altman film and Verve All-Stars Tour). Bernstein then began leading his own groups and recordings, as with his gritty cover band, Sexmob, in which Bernstein played slide trumpet (!). Bernstein had wide-ranging musical experience, even arranging the Academy Award-nominated score for the film Get Shorty....
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Aug 01, 2006

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