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Big Neighborhood [CD]

Mike Stern Audio CD
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In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.

Born in Boston in January 1953, Stern grew up in Washington, DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee ... Read more in Amazon's Mike Stern Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B002BO26LO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Coupe de Ville 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bird Blue 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Moroccan Roll 7:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Long Time Gone 7:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Check One 7:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. That's All It Is 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hope You Don't Mind 5:180.99  Buy MP3 

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Guitarist Mike Stern latest CD sees the fusion legend joined by a number of high profile guests from both rock and jazz including guitarists Steve Vai and Eric Johnson; bassist-vocalists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona; jamband godfathers Medeski Martin & Wood & drummers Dave Weckl and Cindy Blackman.

Stern made his reputation as a member of Miles Davis' "comeback" band of the early 80's and has always grafted elements of rock, blues, soul and more to his solid jazz foundations. 'Big Neighborhood', therefore, refers to Mike's eclectic approach and as he says himself "You can find all kinds of things in a big neighborhood - all kinds of different people, all kinds of different ideas and perspectives, and of course, all kinds of different sounds."

Mike Stern (guitar), Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding (vocals, bass guitar), Eric Johnson , Steve Vai (guitar), Bob Franceschini, Bob Malach (saxophone), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Jim Beard (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards), John Medeski (Wurlitzer piano, Clavinet, Hammond b-3 organ), Chris Wood (electric bass), Chris Minh Doky, Lincoln Goines (bass guitar), Cindy Blackman, Dave Weckl, Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Martin, Lionel Cordew (drums)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For true Mike Stern fans, this will not disappoint! After Mike's previous album "Who Let The Cats Out", which in my opinion is still one of his best to date, Big Neighbourhood still continues to have the more funkier groove as well as maintaining the traditional Mike Stern tunes. I was pleased to see that Dave Weckl continued on to this album for a few tracks to keep the comtempory jazz funk going which I think was re-born (after being absent for a few albumns) on "who let the cats out".

A surprised addition of Steve Vai on two tracks (ex Whitesnake lead guitar) who added a few more rockier tracks than normal but still absolutely on the same wavelength as you would expect for Mike Stern. "Big Neighbourhood" just has to be played loud!!

Overall tracks were on par with previous albums that included Richard Bona on bass and vocals on an uptempo "Reach" track. Medeski, Martin & Wood apprears on two tracks which add to the funky taste but more traditional and slower Stern Tracks can also be found in the form of "Coupe de Ville" and "Long Time Gone".

The only disapointment was after seeing his band (again) live at Ronnie Scotts last year with Anthony Jackson, that he wasn't on the album!

However if you are a true Mike Stern fan, do not hesitate to buy this as I did!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Disparate album but fun to listen to 11 July 2010
By zargb5
Format:Audio CD
Stern has always incorporated rock and blues elements in his playing, it was one of the main reasons Miles invited him into his comeback group - so he could play some of that 'Hendrix 5hit' (as Miles so candidly put it.

His previous release 'who let the cats out' hinted at the move into more rock jamming areas and on a few tracks that is where this album goes. To the more conservative jazz guitar audience Stern is probably anathema anyway, the same way Holdsworth, Gambale, Scofield and Scott Henderson are to them.

Jazz guitar of the 30's, 40,s and 50's saw very little in the development of the music of the idiom with players hunched over semi hollow bodies wearing suit and tie and short haircuts and occasionally appearing on BBC 2 arts programmes. OK the music was artistic and entertaining on the whole but it was 'stiff and uncool' to a broader audience until the 60's came along and shook music up. Along came John Mclaughlin, Hendrix, Derek bailey, Sonny Shorrock and the world of guitar and by extension jazz guitar would never be the same again. There is still a healthy tradition of mainstream jazz guitar played by very deft and talented exponents of which i am a fan of - but times change. The modern players are well schooled in the hard bop style they just want to hear it through amps with different tones and through the looking glass of developments in music since the 60's. The criticism that this is just endless scale run exercises is absurd and written by deaf ears.

Stern on this release has just decided to chill out and play with musicians he admires. It is also a kind of retrospective of where he's been in the past and where he would like to go in the future. The emphasis is on exploring and interacting with the newer people and influences on the scene.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overcooked, not slow roasted... 5 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Im not a fan of this type of playing and agree with the first reviewer that the playing is slightly overcooked - that goes for the drumming, bass playing, etc.. Loads of guys like Stern, Schofield, Metheny, et al strive to find a voice that is uniquely their own and in doing so back themselves into the tightest cul de sac they can find - although Schofield is funky.I prefer more traditional bebop/hard bop style with loads of blues inserted and would suggest that people like Joe Pass, Wes, Grant Green, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and the tragic Emily Remler still reign supreme,

By the way, the Morrocan tune is horrendous - i was tempted to take another star off based on that track alone!
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More stunning work from one of the all-time greats 2 Sep 2009
By Thickerstrings - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Stern, brilliant as always, usually includes several styles on every CD, as he does here. The vast range is sometimes difficult for casual fans to absorb, and that's fair. But I'd suggest being patient and listening a bit closer, because it's only a matter of time before you're mesmerized. He's an insanely talented guitarist and composer, and he surrounds himself with flamethrowing collaborators (Weckl, Tom Kennedy, Dennis Chambers, all the tenor players). I'll be the first to admit his CDs don't have quite the level of fire of his live shows, but that's true for just about every band. Live, he rips. On record, equally amazing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid Stern album but.... 6 Sep 2009
By Charles W. Mott III - Published on Amazon.com
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Another very good album from what we would expect from Mike Stern. Rock and roll attitude, but still jazz. Steve Vai is incredible, reminds me that anyone that has written him off as just another guitar wanker overlooks the fact that this guy is an incredible musician, and ungodly talented at that. Eric Johnson is on here too, although this may not be his best playing on record, but still solid. Two of my personal heroes from the eighties, these were guys who sent me back to the woodshed with my guitar. Sorry SAtriani couldn't make it :). But the guitar interplay between Stern and Vai is a match made in guitar player heaven (on the limited songs that Vai is on). Stern is in incredible form on here. That said, there is not a lot different here, no surprises from a compositional standpoint, that makes this stand out from any other Stern album. Very good but not great (Play was the last great Stern album). Worth buying. What Mike Stern isn't?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great neighborhood 19 Oct 2009
By G. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are reading this review, I assume you are already familiar and a fan of Mike Stern's previous offerings. Unlike the usual Stern album, there are a plethora of guests who join this musical neighborhood (Steve Vai and Eric Johnson; bassist-vocalists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona; Medeski Martin & Wood; drummers Dave Weckl, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cindy Blackman and Lionel Cordew; bassists Chris Minh Doky and Lincoln Goines, and several others). These players bring a new dynamic and texture to things, because Mike is not only playing the songs but is also part of the interplay with the other artists who are bringing their own interpretation of the music to the table. In the end, I found the result to be an outstanding and very diverse fusion album. And it is a true fusion: different tempo, timbres, styles, etc. all intertwined into a wonderful collaboration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a surpirse! 14 Oct 2009
By David Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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When I initially listened to this album the first several times, I felt that it was not anything new or too memorable. However after further listening, I have concluded that this is a unique insight into Mike's style and sound. This is because of the various guitarists and new guests gracing this album. Steve Vai and Eric Johnson provide a memorable contrast to Mike's playing and style, allowing one to compare differences in styles, taste, and approach between world class players. Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, are each world class guitarists in their own rights, and provide a unique opportunity for comparison with Mike's playing and compositions. Also notable is the inclusion the group Martin,Medeski and Woods. While I have never heard them previously, I hugely enjoyed their inclusion on this album, and their unique sound put Mike's playing and writing in a new light for me. Overall, this is a very fun, exciting album, with plenty of great musical moments that will require many multiple listenings!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Mike 11 Sep 2009
By H. C. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Mike's recent releases, particularly the ones with Richard Bona, this is right there with them.
I own way too much music, and rotate new stuff through the car constantly so everything receives a great, concentrated "listen."
Can't seem to get this one out of the car player.
Highly recommended. No reservations. And the pieces with Esperanza are terrific.
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