Produced by brothers Pete and Jon Shapiro, All Access is the soundtrack to the IMAX film of the same name. Pete -- who previously directed American Road, And Miles to Go: On Tour With the Grateful Dead, and A Conversation With Ken Kesey -- served as musical director of the film, for which he brought together unlikely collaborators. Included on the CD are tracks featuring B.B. King with the Roots and Phish's Trey Anastasio playing King's "Rock Me Baby," George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic playing a four-song sequence with Mary J. Blige, and a rendition of "Desert Rose" by Sting with vocalist Cheb Mami. The collaborations are hit or miss, often within the same song. The Roots, for example, provide an oddly sympathetic backing to King, while Anastasio contributes lackluster playing. It is the price of the fact that many of these musicians had not played together previously, an angle later exploited by Pete Shapiro -- who also owns the Wetlands Preserve club in Manhattan -- in two successful jam band-based events called the Jammys held in New York City in June of 2000 and 2001, respectively.
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AllMusic Review by Jesse Jarnow