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Leni Stern: Secrets

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Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

Album Notes

Personnel: Leni Stern (guitar), Bob Berg (tenor saxophone), Wayne Krantz (guitar), Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Lincoln Goines, Harvey Swartz (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Don Alias (percussion).

Recorded in October 1988.

Leni Stern utilizes such impressive sidemen as fellow guitarist Wayne Krantz, tenor-saxophonist Bob Berg, Lincoln Goines or Harvie Swartz on bass and drummer Dennis Chambers on eight selections, all but one being her originals. The music ranges from a three guitar jam on "Groundhog" (which adds blues guitarist Dave Tronzo) to a song dedicated to Jaco Pastorius ("Who Loves You") and the melancholy strut "Maybe." Overall this set of music holds one's interest even if Stern was at this point a stronger composer than guitarist. ~ Scott Yanow


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