Mike Stern’s “Big Neighborhood”

Mike Stern’s “Big Neighborhood” is his fourteenth solo studio album released on August 11, 2009.

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Track listing : 1.Big Neighborhood (Mike Stern) – 07:40 . 2.6th Street (Mike Stern) – 07:49 . 3.Reach (Mike Stern) – 05:30 . 4.Song for Pepper (Mike Stern) – 05:43 . 5.Coupe de Ville (Mike Stern) – 04:36 . 6.Bird Blue (Mike Stern) – 05:44 . 7.Moroccan Roll (Mike Stern) – 07:06 . 8.Long Time Gone (Mike Stern) – 07:52 . 9.Check One (Mike Stern) – 07:39 . 10.That’s All It Is (Mike Stern) – 04:52 . 11.Hope You Don’t Mind (Mike Stern) – 05:18 .

Musicians : Mike Stern – guitar . Jim Beard – piano, keyboards on (1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7), Hammond organ on (2 – 8), piano on (5 – 11) . Cindy Blackman – drums on 11 . Richard Bona – bass, vocals on 3 . Randy Brecker – trumpet on 11 . Terri Lyne Carrington – drums on (4 – 5 – 6) . Lionel Cordew – drums on (2 – 8) . Chris Minh Doky – bass on 11 . Bob Franceschini – saxophone on 3 . Lincoln Goines – bass on (1 – 2 – 7 – 8) . Eric Johnson – guitar on (2 – 8) . Bob Malach – saxophone on (5 – 9 – 10) . Billy Martin – drums on (9 – 10) . John Medeski – clavinet, Hammond organ on 9 and Wurlitzer piano, Hammond organ on 10 . Esperanza Spalding – bass, vocals on (4 – 5 – 6) . Steve Vai – guitar on 1 and sitar on 7 . Dave Weckl – drums on (1 – 3 – 7) . Chris Wood – bass on (9 – 10) .

Production Produced by Jim Beard . David Boyle – engineer . Craig Brock – engineer . Helix Hadar – engineer . Roy Hendrickson – engineer . Phil Magnotti – engineer, mixing . John Shyloski – engineer . Ken Sluiter – assistant engineer .

Packaging : Bill Milkowski – liner notes .

Recorded Jin New York City, Austin, Texas, Los Angeles .

Released on August 11, 2009 by eads Up International.

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JazzTimes
As with most of Stern’s studio discs, Big Neighborhood simply lacks the unbridled improvisation and interplay of his stage shows. The guests are also so numerous that things feel contrived. […]

The Huffington Post
Then if you want to change a little bit of a, fix a solo up, or add a little rhythm overdub or something, that’s all cool. But the bulk of it is, the spirit is there. So you really get that live… And there’s no other way to get that, I don’t think. So I really prefer that. […]

The Guardian
he never sounds as if he’s figured out which one works for him. Not that he has to, or that the most eclectic of mixes can’t make it, but while there’s some superb playing here, Big Neighbourhood sounds a bit like box-ticking across the successful formulae of other musicians. […]

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