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MIKE STERN COVERS ALL CORNERS OF THE MUSICAL SPECTRUM ON NEW CD

All Over the Place features guest appearances by Randy Brecker, Richard Bona Kenny Garrett, Esperanza Spalding, Victor Wooten and many others
All Over the Place is Stern’s new recording on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Set for release on June 19, 2012, the 11-song set aligns the characteristically diverse and adventurous guitarist with a cadre of brilliant guests, including trumpeter Randy Brecker; saxophonist Kenny Garrett; and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Lionel Cordew. Also on hand is a delegation of high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey.

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The guitarist Mike Stern reached peak combustion at an unlikely point in his first set at the Iridium on Thursday night, while cutting a path from one guileless ballad to the next. He enlisted only his tough-minded drummer, Dennis Chambers, for this excursion, issuing no directive beyond a tempo. In no time they achieved a blues-rock bliss state, goading each other toward notions of strenuous metaphysical abandon. More


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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.”
Guitar Player

 [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.”

JazzTimes 

“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.”

Jazziz

“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.”

Bass Player

“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."

 


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From Critical Jazz.Com

To pigeonhole Mike Stern as a modern jazz, fusion, or contemporary guitarist is far too limiting to such a gifted artist whose influences and command of styles are ...well...All Over The Place!

Mike Stern is a searching musician. Stern is an evolving artist and the sonic byproduct of his own experience. The 2009 release Big Neighborhood is a release built on diversity and drawn from a myriad of influences going back to Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid 70's to some work with Miles Davis in the mid 80's and now a stellar solo career that has spanned over 25 years has all gone into All Over The Place! It is no wonder Stern was the recipient of Guitar Player Magazine's Certified Legend Award for 2012. If an eclectic mix of R&B, rock, swing, funk and world music happen to hit your musical sweet spot as they did mine on the 2009 Big Neighborhood on Heads Up then All Over The Place will be right up your alley. Just to drop a few names one can hear Randy Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona and that is just the beginning of what is in store.

The opening tune "AJ" was specifically penned for contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson. Other guests kicking off this funk infused tune include saxophonist Chris Potter and Stern's wife Lenni on rhythm guitar. Leni Stern who is a magnificent artist in her own right returns for "Out Of The Blue." This time Leni Stern plays the exotic three stringed Malian instrument called a n'goni and the texture created seems to weave its sound like the golden thread of some beautiful tapestry. A world music creation that is adventurous but still highly accessible to those more comfortable with the more western form and functionality of the improvised music we call jazz. One piece that may seem slightly out of place but if you have a working knowledge of the Stern discography then it may seem more familiar is the acoustic piece "You Never Told Me." While Stern is considered by many as the best electric guitarist of our day, the intimate and organic presentation showcases a reflective side not often associated with an artist known for their six string pyrotechnics. The end result of "You Never Told Me" is cinematic in scope while surprisingly subtle. A tune in search of a brilliant feature film. "Halfway Home" is another piece of sonic diversity with Stern's slide guitar prowess on display on this blues nasty as they are juxtapose to Victor Wooten's funk on steroids approach to the bass line.

Stern is on record stating music is a language of the heart. With the release of All Over The Place Stern has gone deep and well past the heart, Stern hung a hard left at the soul and kept going till he found what he needed. The end result is easily the release of the year.

High points are too many to list as this is a virtually flawless presentation. Low points? Seriously?

5 Huge Stars!

Tracks: AJ; Cameroon; Out Of The Blue; As Far As We Know; Blues For Al; OCD; You Never Told Me: Halfway Home; Light; Flipside; All Over The Place.

Personnel: Mike Stern: guitars; Randy Brecker: trumpet; Kenny Garrett: saxophonist; Dave Weckl; Keith Carlock, Lionel Cordew; Basses: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee, Victor Bailey; Chris Potter: saxophonist; Jim Beard: keyboards; Leni Stern: rhythm guitar; Tim Keiper: percussionist; Bob Malach: saxophone.

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Mike’s new All Over the Place release from I-Tunes.



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