Mike Stern "Between The Lines"

Mike Stern "Between The Lines"

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Mike Stern
Between The Lines
The Story
On "Between The Lines", Mike Stern's follow-up to his Grammy-nominated "Is What It Is", Stern delivers more of his trademark bop 'n' roll on ten new original compositions. The band includes saxophonist Bob Malach (Steve Miller, Ben Sidran, Horace Silver), longtime bass associate Jeff Andrews (Steps Ahead, Vital Information) and world renowned drummer Dave Weckl (Chick Corea Elektric/Akoustic Band, Brecker Brothers). Stern's former rhythm section mates in the Mike Stern-Bob Berg Band, drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Lincoln Goines, also appear on two tracks. From the energetic opener "Sunnyside" to the slamming funk of "Lose the Suit" to the ferocious "With a Twist", Stern and company state their case with power and conviction. "The idea behind this record was to use guys that I had been touring with a lot", Stern explained. "I wanted a live band sound and I feel like that came across. I felt good about the whole vibe of the record. It's loose but tight at the same time. And there's stuff going on with these cats that can only happen if you've been playing together a bunch." "Between The Lines" is excellent jazz/fusion, and is highly recommended.
The Music
07:27 Sunnyside Instrumental
06:27 The Vine Instrumental
06:37 Wing And A Prayer Instrumental
08:43 Lose The Suit Instrumental
07:13 You Never Know Instrumental
06:01 Tell Me Instrumental
06:37 With A Twist Instrumental
06:43 True Enough Instrumental
06:43 Pages Instrumental
07:37 Bait Tone Blues Instrumental
The Artists
Mike Stern Guitar
Dave Weckl Drums
Jeff Andrews Bass
Bob Malach Tenor Saxophone
Jim Beard Keyboards, Production, Addiitonal Engineering
Lincoln Goines Bass ("Tell Me", "With A Twist")
Dennis Chambers Drums ("Tell Me", "With A Twist")
Phil Magnotti Engineering, Mixing
Dann Wojnar Engineering Assistance (Power Station)
Greg Thompson Engineering Assistance (Kampo Studio)
Steve Souder Engineering Assistance (Platinum Island Studio)
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Burrell Production Coordination & Management
Robin Tomchin Production Coordination & Management
Lynn Kowalewski Art Direction, Design
David Jensen Photography
Recoded at the Power Station, New York, NY and Platinum Island Studios, New York, NY.

Additional recording at Kampo Studios, New York, NY & The Loft, New York, NY.

Mixed at Platinum Island Studios, New York, NY.

Mastered at Masterdisk, New York, NY.