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Mike Stern/Jeff Lorber Fusion: Eleven (Concord Jazz)

Quite an interesting pairing: keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who has performed and/or produced many contemporary jazz and smooth-jazz hits, and jazz/rock guitarist Mike Stern, whose background includes stints with Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, and the Brecker Brothers. It was bassist Jimmy Haslip’s idea to bring the two together. A founding member of the Yellowjackets, Haslip played … Read More “Mike Stern/Jeff Lorber Fusion: Eleven (Concord Jazz)”

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Eric Johnson/Mike Stern: Eclectic

With Eclectic, Mike Stern and Eric Johnson, two guitar giants famed for their prodigious, often fiery technique, deliver a duet album that exhibits such a strong musical accord you might wonder why the two hadn’t recorded an album together before. The collaboration dates back to 2009, when Johnson guested on Stern’s disc Big Neighborhood. That … Read More “Eric Johnson/Mike Stern: Eclectic”

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Mike Stern: All Over the Place

When JazzTimes reviewed Mike Stern’s previous release in 2009, our critic was not overly enthused, concluding with the comment that “Perhaps with better sequencing and a solid band, Big Neighborhood … might not seem so all over the place.” Well, the guitarist must not be too offended by that last phrase, because his latest release … Read More “Mike Stern: All Over the Place”

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