Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sly And The Family Stone - Jammed Out by The Cliniton Administration

The Clinton Administration - "Take You Higher"

Robert Walter revisits his Clinton Administration project, but with wholesale changes this time out. First off, the only players remaining from the first album are Walter and percussionist Chuck Prada, who team up with fusion jam band Garaj Mahal, drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic), and additional guitarists Michael Lee Firkins and Charlie Hitchcock. Secondly, rather than doing more George Clinton tunes, they shift the focus to the songs of Sly Stone.

the songs of Sly Stone are used as a template for some absolutely insane and inspired jamming. Drummer Stanton Moore keeps it cooking, and the slide guitarist just shreds. "Take you Higher", "Simple Song" and "Everybody is a Star" stand out, and Family Affair is just lovely -- beautiful changes and spare, restrained playing.

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