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Mike Stern (Guitar): Standards (and Other Songs)

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (12/92, p.49) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "..I've been waiting 10 years for Stern to make this album...tender and lyrical...It's the kinder, gentler Stern as opposed to the ferocious heavy-metal bebopper... He's still burning but on a much lower flame.."

Musician (3/93, p.90) - "...his best record yet...the focus is on delicacy, pulse and mood rather than muscle..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Mike Stern (guitar); Bob Berg (saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Gil Goldstein (keyboards); Jay Anderson (acoustic bass); Al Foster (drums).

Additional personnel: Larry Grenadier (acoustic bass); Ben Perowsky (drums).

Recorded at Centerfield Productions, New York.

Guitarist Mike Stern, best-known for playing rock-oriented fusion and in more commercial settings, surprised many listeners by recording an album dominated by standards. Actually, there are three originals included among the 11 pieces, but Stern also digs into such songs as "Like Someone in Love," "Moment's Notice," Chick Corea's "Windows," and "Straight No Chaser." Among Stern's sidemen on this fairly straight-ahead but adventurous set are trumpeter Randy Brecker, Bob Berg on tenor, and keyboardist Gil Goldstein. This little-known release is well-worth acquiring. ~ Scott Yanow


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