One Nation Under A Re-Groove The Music Of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
Take You Higher The Music Of Sly And The Family Stone
• DJ Logic: Turntables and Sound Manipulation- on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove"
• Kai Eckhardt: Bass - on "Take You Higher"
• Michael Lee Firkins: Guitars - on "Take You Higher"
• Cochema (Cheme) Gastelum: Alto Sax, Flute, Bass Clarinet - on "Take You Higher"
• Melvin Gibbs: Bass - on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove"
• Fareed Haque: Guitars - on "Take You Higher"
• Charlie Hitchcock: Guitars - on "Take You Higher"
• Eric Levy: Keys - on "Take You Higher"
• Stanton Moore: Drums - on "Take You Higher"
• Chuck Prada: Percussion - on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove" and "Take You Higher"
• Skerik: Sax - on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove"
• Clyde Stubblefield: Drums - on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove"
• Phil Upchurch: Guitar - on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove"
• Robert Walter: Keys - on "One Nation Under A Re-Groove" and "Take You Higher"
Artwork and Design by Dave McKean
What do you get when you assemble a bunch of top-flight jazz musicians and session cats in a studio together, who just happen to have an unhealthy obsession with Parliament/Funkadelic? In the case of "One Nation Under A Re-Groove", a storming world-class reevaluation of the grandmaster of funk, courtesy of the cleverly named new-groove collective The Clinton Administration. This loose contingent of highly talented players has gotten to together for the second time to record, "Take You Higher", some of the greatest songs from the catalog of Sly and The Family Stone.
Signed to Magna Carta imprint Magnatude, The Clinton Administration brings the concept of a funk collective bang up-to-date in the capable hands of some of the most talented funk, jazz and hip-hop musicians of the last four decades – including legendary Chess Records guitarist Phil Upchurch and the oft-sampled funk drummer Clyde Stubblefield.
The group’s all-instrumental take on the music of George Clinton turns the groove up an extra notch, with reworked Parliament classics such as "Mothership Connection," "Up For The Downstroke," and the rousing "Give Up The Funk," and some of Funkadelic’s finest including "(Not Just) Knee Deep" and, of course, the signature funk classic "One Nation Under A Groove."
Initially the unnamed group came together hoping to capture their shared Clinton-adulation on tape… but soon enough the penny began to drop that there was some real magic happening in that basement studio. The songs came out fast and furious and, in the words of drummer Clyde Stubblefield, whose influential grooves can be heard on James Brown’s biggest hits of the ’60s, "it locked right in instantly."
"We knew each other the moment we sat down to play, and we went right to work. We just knew what we were supposed to do," says Stubblefield, of the project’s impressive momentum.
The trio of jazz-funk keyboard player (and member of the west-coast acid-jazz group Greyboy Allstars) Robert Walter, experimental turntablist DJ Logic, and blues guitar legend Phil Upchurch create an eclectic stylistic melange – where old school, blues, funk, hip-hop and new groove meet.
Guitarist Phil Upchurch was given the unusual credit of "decomposing and disarranging." His killer riffs, honed over a 45-year career that’s included stints with Donny Hathaway, the Crusaders, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Smith, Ben Sidran, Stan Getz, BB King, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles, not to mention his own illustrious solo career, quite simply speak for themselves. When trading solos with Robert Walter in full Worrellesque Hammond-organ mode, the result is electrifying.
"Everyone was bouncing ideas off each other," recalls Upchurch of the sessions. "It was a great collective project. For my part, I was busy bebopping during the ’60s and ’70s so I was less familiar than the other guys with the original Parliament/Funkadelic versions. But it meant I could give it a new spin."
Turntable maestro DJ Logic also gave the music a new spin – quite literally – with his unparalleled turntable skills and unique appreciation for the inter-relationships between jazz, funk, blues and hip-hop. A huge fan of P-Funk, Logic’s record collection boasts all the classics from that era. He’s even collaborated with the great P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell himself. "I grew up listening to all that music," says Logic. "I worked with Bernie Worrell and I’ve met George Clinton. It’s really special to be covering their music."
Logic is well-known for his ability to treat jazz and hip-hop like they were two sides of the same coin, so his contemporary scratching technique fit right in there with the old-school blues and funk of his Clinton Administration bandmates.
"All the guys there made me feel comfortable," says Logic. "Some of them I’d already worked with in the past, for some of them this was for the first time. I was doing a lot of different sounds and textures to come up with the best sounds to manipulate to what they were adding. They seemed to really dig it."
Bass player Melvin Gibbs, an alumnus of the Power Tools trio and the Rollins Band; talented world/hip-hop percussionist Chuck Prada, whose recording and playing credits include Black Eyes Peas, Dr Dre, Greyboy Allstars, Charlie Hunter and Robert Walter’s 20th Congress; and experimental jazz-rock saxophonist Skerik – a member of Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, Critters Buggin’, and Pongo – complete the Clinton Administration lineup.
Says Gibbs of the recording process: "It was cool, you know? It was kind of like old school. I laid down my parts in just two days." Made easier, he enthuses, by working alongside "pretty much the P-Funk drummer of all time" Clyde Stubblefield.
Mutual respect and open-mindedness is key to The Clinton Administration policy. With the pure energy and passion its outstanding musicians bring to the project, you’d be forgiven for thinking this tight-as-a-wire collective has been laying down the funk together for years. Yet this is only the beginning…
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Catalog #MA-2301-2 Release Date: April 22, 2003
The Music Of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
1. One Nation Under a Groove
2. (Not Just) Knee Deep
3. Cosmic Slop
4. Flash Light
5. Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
6. Mothership Connection (Star Child)
7. Give Up The Funk
8. Up For The Downstroke
9. Chocolate City
10. Hit It And Quit It
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Catalog #MA-2303-2 Release Date: May 25, 2004
The Music Of Sly And The Family Stone
1. I Want To Take You Higher 5:47
2. Family Affair 7:05
3. Stand! 4:34
4. Dance To the Music 4:32
5. Everybody Is a Star 3:33
6. Hot Fun In the Summertime 6:25
7. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 5:35
8. You Can Make It If You Try 5:27
9. Sing a Simple Song 7:15
10. Everday People 3:29
Michael Lee Firkins - "Blacklight Sonatas"
Catalog # MA-2306-2
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features Kai Eckhardt on Bass, Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) on Drums, as well as guest appearances by Matt Abts (drums:Gov't Mule), Andy Hess (bass:Gov't Mule), Chuck Leavell (keys:Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band), Michael Bland (drums:Prince) and Steve Evans (Bass).
1. One Big Punch (Crying Stacks)
2. Two Guns Left
3. Black Betty
4. I-680 Waltz
5. The Horse and the Fly
6. Now's Your Time Blues
7. Theme From Sanford and Son - (The Streetbeater)
8. Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth
9. Blacklight Sonata
Michael Lee Firkins - "Took So Long / Sanctify"
Catalog # MA-6306-2
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With Matt Abts - drums (Gov't Mule), Andy Hess - bass (Gov't Mule), Chuck Leavell - keys (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band)
1. Took So Long (in the studio; in progress) (4:08)
2. Sanctify (in the studio; in progress) (6:37)
Drum Nation Volume One
Catalog # MA-9065-2
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• Fareed Haque and Kai Eckhardt play with Steve Smith and Zakir Hussain on "Mad Tea Time" Parts 1 & 2
• Stanton Moore performs "Sprung Monkey"
1. Terry Bozzio • A Deeply Disturbed Mind (8:47)
2. Bill Bruford's Earthworks • Beelzebub (3:27)
3. Steve Smith And Zakir Hussain • Mad Tea Time Part 1 (3:48)
4. Steve Smith And Zakir Hussain • Mad Tea Time Part 2 (7:31)
5. Chad Wackerman • The Spell (5:01)
6. Stanton Moore • Sprung Monkey (4:44)
7. Simon Phillips • Manganese (5:24)
8. Josh Freese • Lagerborg (4:09)
9. Rod Morgestein • Faceless Pastiche (4:27)
10. Tim Alexander And Brain • Shut Up and Play Yer Drums (7:45)
11. Marco Minnemann • Wandering Portland Maine (6:01)
12. Stephen Perkins And Brooks Wackerman • Pull Up My Sleeve (5:16)
Robert Walter's 20th Congress - "Giving Up The Ghost"
Catalog # MA-2302-2
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features Cochema (Cheme) Gastelum on Alto Sax, Flute, Chuck Prada on PercussionBass Clarinet, as well as Will Bernard, Joe Russo, George Sluppick, Chris Stillwell and Mike Fratantuno
1. Glassy-Winged Sharp Shooter 4:17
2. Aquafresh 5:53
3. Convex+Concave 4:03
4. Circle Limit 3:34
5. Bygones Be 5:53
6. Dump Truck 4:12
7. Easy Virtue 3:27
8. Clear All Wires 4:34
9. Bet 5:29
10. Underbrush 3:56
11. Sacred Secret 6:53
12. Giving Up the Ghost 3:54
Robert Walter - "Super Heavy Organ"
Catalog # MA-2309-2
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features Stanton Moore on drums, as well as Johnny Vidacovich, Tim Green, James Singleton and Anthony Farrell
1. Adelita 5:27
2. Kickin' Up Dust 3:14
3. Spell 2:33
4. El Cuervo 7:30
5. Criminals Have a Name For It 5:12
6. 34 Small 7:15
7. Don't Hate, Congratulate 3:38
8. Poor Tom 2:56
9. (smells like) Dad's Drunk Again 6:05
10. Big Dummy 4:57
11. Hardware 5:01
12. Cabrillo 9:02
Fareed Haque Group - "Cosmic Hug"
Catalog # MA-2307-2
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features Kalyan Pathak, Jon Paul, Dan Leali, Dan Nimme, J. Cappo
1. Gulab Jammin 5:45
2. Pairs 6:05
3. Brd 5:56
4. Fade Into Bolivion 7:29
5. A-yight 2:04
6. Fh/sk 7:43
7. Cosmic Hug 6:03
8. Ben and Raj 3:07
9. Lahara 6:55
10. Short Suite 5:39
11. Sassi Lassi 8:34