Mike tears it up with friends like Randy Brecker, Kenny Garret, and I love hearing Dave Holland with him! Mike continues to blend bebop, fusion, rock, blues, and more, and sounds amazing doing it! Regarding some of the comments that he's predictable... well, to each is own. Mike sounds like himself and no one else, that's for sure; and I don't think I've heard him in poor form. His current recordings are much different from what he was doing 20-25 years ago, and his song-writing continues to improve. Is he guilty of sounding like himself? Yes, as is Dexter Gordon, Mike Brecker, Miles, and on and on. And he doesn't veer in different directions like Pat Metheny? But predictable? Not really. Stern is at the top of his game, and sounds loose and relaxed.