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We Are MTO

Steven BernsteinAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MOWO INC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Are MTO
2. In a Corner
3. Makes No Difference
4. All You Need Is Love
5. Paducah
6. Dickie's Dream
7. Viper Song
8. It's Tight Jim

Editorial Reviews

NPR's All Things Considered described Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra like this: 'MTO slides between the old and the new, taking musical cues from talented but little-known jazz bands from the 1920s and '30s that worked the juke joints and ballrooms of the Cotton Belt and the Midwest.' Indeed Bernstein and company embrace vintage sounds and tweak them through their very own post-modern filter. Classics like 'Viper Song' and 'Its Tight Jim' are reinvented to speak in the 21st century, without sacrificing any big band swing authenticity. More contemporary fair like The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' are treated as if they straight from Count Basie's repertoire. With a line-up featuring Steven Bernstein, Peter Apfelbaum, Clark Gayton, Eric Lawrence, Doug Wieselman, Charles Burnham, Matt Munisteri, Doug Wamble, Ben Allison and Ben Perowsky, expect WE ARE MTO to be among this year's best jazz records.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Elite Few Keep Jazz From Dying a Gruesome Death April 20, 2009
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Along with an increasingly small, but prolific, handful of artists out on the scene, Steven Bernstein is doing something substantial for music. There are far too many recordings produced every year that are made without the artists opening their eyes to a world that has passed them by. The Rip van Winkles. That's what I call them. Jazz has always been a people's music, a popular form, a modern, fluxuating, bending, liquid thing. And it's legs have been stuck in wet cement for the last 20 to 30 years. 70's fusion, whatever you might think of it, was at least trying to modernize this thing called jazz. And there have been plenty of others who've done great things with it in that span of time. But lately, it's grown crusty and old and withered. There is a new guard, however. But they don't seem to get the press and record deals the way the Marsalis brothers do, and others like them. Great musicians to be sure, but are they pushing the music forward or even adapting it to NOW? I don't think so. Check out Christian Scott, any of the John Zorn Tzadik recordings (spotty, inconsistent, but always pushing), Kneebody, The Blessing, some of the ECM stuff coming out in the last 10 years, and this guy, Steven Bernstein. He is doing all of music a huge service. Thank you........End tirade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good old-meets-new jazz February 15, 2009
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Steven Bernstein takes his trumpet up to play some old-fashioned jazz with definitely modern sensibilities on "We Are MTO". He has a nonet for most songs, and they're augmented by a singer for two songs. Bernstein is known for playing jazz with his notes sliding around. He plays his lines here a little straighter than usual, but there's still a woozy feel to the music. The music is pretty good, though I think the Microscopic Septet does a similar thing a little better. The wobbly notes are okay for me, but the rhythm is sometimes too wobbly for my tastes. I'm also not crazy about the vocals on "Viper Song" and "Makes No Difference" -- too much 'fun', not enough fun. Most of the songs are good, and it's a 4-star disc, though I put it on the lower half of 4-star discs.
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