"Bring on the Night" is an exceptional recording by an artist who was searching for new ways to expand his creative musical boundaries. Putting together this band was a gutsy move on Sting's part, especially when you consider how popular The Police were when they broke up. Sting assembled some of the best Jazz musicians to expand and focus the intensity of his sound. What he achieved here is magical. Now, we finally get to enjoy this music as it was meant to be - Live and in living color!
"Bring on the Night" captures all the elements of Sting's brilliant past and focuses them through an expanded Jazz lense that opens up the melodies to provide space for some great spontaneous interactions. This music snaps, crackles and burns. The Jazz musicians, especially Branford Marsalis & Kenny Kirkland get to stretch out and really explore the rich songs that Sting creates. Listen to how well they lock in and groove on the title track, and again on "One World / Love is the Seventh Wave". The beautiful and haunting "Moon Over Burbon Street" could not have been captured any better. My favorite track is "Children's Crusade" - where Branford's Sax solo just hangs in the air. This band has great chemistry & it shows in the way they interact with each other on stage. Hearing this music is a great experience but seeing it performed is what makes this an exceptional experience. There is not a weak moment captured here.
In a day and age where computer generated music is becoming the norm, it is special to witness an artist put together a classic live performance like this. Sting broke new ground with this music. It has been a joy to watch his music evolve from this recording in 1986, through today. He is a complete musician with exceptional talents. This DVD/CD captures a true master at work with some of the best talent in the business - and it smokes. I will enjoy "Bring on the Night" for many years to come - I hope you will also. Peace!!!!!