[JPL] MIKE STERN in NYTimes...

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Mon Aug 14 17:17:30 EDT 2006


Thanks for the FYI Roy,

I don't read the NYT, but it would seem to be of some significance that Mike
Stern is in the Critics Choice for New Cd's next to Slayer. 

Pretty cool. 

Thanks again,

Rick Calic
www.jazzrockworld.com 

  

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  The guitarist Mike Stern chases an elusive kind of modern fusion:
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it’s a style that combines boplike ensemble flexibility with the ruggedness
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  Mr. Stern’s new album does suffer a few lapses in judgment; the title may
be the most obvious. But it manages not to feel aimless, partly because of
Mr. Stern’s songs, which are effectively compact. It also has something to
do with a roster of musicians that includes both longtime collaborators like
the keyboardist and producer Jim Beard, and strong young talent like the
drummer Kim Thompson.
  Some of the most refreshing work is by a pair of special guests: Roy
Hargrove, in a trumpet solo over a ferocious vamp in “KT,” and Richard Bona,
with multi-tracked falsetto vocals on “Language” and “All You Need.” Mr.
Bona also joins an impressive list of electric bassists on the album, like
Meshell Ndegeocello and Anthony Jackson. 
  Mr. Stern processes his guitar with varying degrees of chorus effect and
distortion, and his solos often involve steadily mounting crescendos. For
the full intensity of his style, you’ll have to look to his live
performances: at the 55 Bar in the West Village, for instance, most Monday
and Wednesday nights. What he delivers here is a focused sampling that
centers the album, without always having to be at its center. NATE CHINEN


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