On June 11, the Zoho Roots label released a CD by Global Noize—featuring producer, arranger and keyboardist Jason Miles (pictured above)—titled Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly and the Family Stone. Indeed, the disc’s 10 tracks are all nicely reimagined by Global Noize (Miles, turntable specialist DJ Logic and vocalist Falu) and the group’s nearly two dozen guests, a roster that includes Nona Hendryx, Roberta Flack, Jay Rodriguez, Amanda Ruzza, Ingrid Jensen and original Family Stone drummer Greg Errico.
Miles is eminently qualified to helm this project. His groundbreaking synth programming for Miles Davis’ ’80s albums Tutu, Music from Siesta and Amandla, along with his contributions to the work of an array of other artists — including Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Ruben Blades, David Sanborn, Whitney Houston, Grover Washington Jr., The Crusaders and Chaka Khan—have led to a variety of legacy-based dedications to Marvin Gaye, Ivan Lins, Vandross, Grover and now Sly Stone.
The nine vocalists and 17 instrumentalists weave in and out of the proceedings, creating a feeling as live and cohesive as the 1968 concert performance at the Fillmore East where Miles first experienced Sly and The Family Stone. But while that group never could have existed without the foundation of James Brown, vocal groups from the Orioles through the Temptations, the jubilant jazz of Louis Jordan through Mingus and Sun Ra, and all strains of gospel and blues, Sly Reimagined shows the influences of the post-Sly environment of P-Funk, Prince and the many explorers stimulated by Sly and The Family Stone. The result is a distinctly modern album, rooted in rich tradition.
On Wednesday, June 26, Global Noize will showcase Sly Reimagined during at CD release party at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.JasonMilesmusic.com.