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“Stern brings it on this latest release, with his slinky phrasing, cool chorused tone, and deep pocket…For such a nice guy he sure is a bad mofo.”
[Stern]’s a mover. Not one to pick a place to go and relax there. And he likes using a super-sized cast of players to help him make those moves…drawing them into his groove and then letting them loose to affix their own shapes and colors to his creations. It works to his advantage…a set that makes no apologies for its restlessness.”
“Another typically eclectic outing that ranges from menacing funk grooves and uplifting African-flavored numbers to straightahead swingers and poignant, lyrical ballads, the aptly titled All Over the Place may be Stern’s best album yet.”
“True, guitar god Stern is regularly ‘all over the place’ around the globe touring with different lineups, which enables him to write with specific musicians in mind—a key reason his 15th solo outing is among his finest. Another is the eight flavors of bass he calls upon to deliver his nuanced compositions and drive his multilingual blowing.”
“Like jazz? You’ll like Mike. Like funk? You’ll like Mike. Like world music? You’ll like Mike Stern. All Over the Place, the guitarist’s aptly titled new album, is impossible to file under one category. It is an inspired, eclectic, irresistible expression of music without borders. With guest stars such as supernova Esperanza Spalding, African Richard Bona, as well as sax great Chris Potter along for the joy ride, you will be moved.”
Christian Science Monitor
“From his days with Blood Sweat & Tears through a stint with Miles Davis, guitarist Mike Stern has created a sound that is always individual but has worked with any project. In All Over the Place, he again goes those directions with a strong and shifting backup cast. The material goes from a funky ‘Blues for Al,’ which features drummer Al Foster, another Davis alumnus, to a reflective ‘You Never Told Me."