I am a huge fan of Mike Stern, have all his cds, and have seen him live many times.
On this cd, he has outdone himself, going one step beyond Who Let the Cats Out?
Great songwriting is the strong feature of the recording and despite the variety of styles of tunes written, the whole album fits together beautifully. Mike's usual great soloing is on the cd, but the solos are short and sometimes it is hard to tell where the songwriting ends and where the solo begins. And that's a good thing.
Rather than using one band for the whole recording, Mr. Stern uses different musicians on each track. There is a long list of top-rate players. Three tracks feature the rhythm section of Dave Holland and Al Foster and it is wonderful to hear this fantastic jazz bassist and drummer interact with Mike. Other tracks feature Stern's usual cohorts and other top fusion players.
The list of bass players is a who's-who of great players and one of them, Victor Wooten, turns in an outstanding performance. His solo on Half Way Home is beautiful and highly musical, not his usual slap display, but of course it shows his incredible technique which serves his musical statement perfectly.
Run and get the cd.