Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: All You Need Is Love


All You Need Is Love


Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra


We Are MTO (MOWO 3204)

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Steven Bernstein (trumpet and slide trumpet),

Clark Gayton (trombone), Doug Wieselman (clarinet, tenor sax), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and soprano saxes), Erik Lawrence (baritone sax), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Charlie Burnham (violin), Ben Allison (bass), Ben Perowsky (drums)


Composed by Lennon/McCartney; arranged by Steven Bernstein


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, May 23-24, 2005


Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

If the purpose of music is to bring joy and pleasure to both the players and the listeners, then Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra surely seems to have accomplished that. As a working band, they performed night after night for five years at the once-progressive downtown New York club Tonic. This recording memorializes the spirit of participative music practiced not only by these eclectic artists, but at times by their audiences. Under an umbrella of camaraderie, the MTO creates an atmosphere of inclusion with its cacophonous collection of instruments played with a passion and sense of pleasure that belies the group's professionalism. In particular, the MTO covers this Beatles song with a gusto and joy befitting a classic of '60s love, peace and hope. Good fun.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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