Give And Take
As one of the leaders of modern jazz/rock guitar, two-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern never slows down in his drive to crank out blistering solos and pretty, reverb-laced ballads. On "Give And Take", one of Stern's most well rounded albums, the guitarist mixes some of his best new compositions with a few of the most challenging standards in the repertoire. Along with familiar bandmates Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Jack DeJohnette and John Patitucci, Stern is in top form on this purer jazz outing, which features fewer rock tendencies than we're accustomed to from the guitarist. The inclusion of the standards "I Love You", "Giant Steps" and "Oleo" show Stern's ability to add his touch to these perennial tests of musical agility. Stern also displays chops-a-plenty on the new tunes "Hook Up" and "One Liners." But it's swingers like "Jones Street," "Lumpy," and "That's What You Think" that give this album its depth. Great performances are turned in by all, especially drummer DeJohnette, who keeps up with Stern every step of the way. "Give And Take" is a must-have for any guitar fan.
|06:18||I Love You||Instrumental|
|06:41||That's What You Think||Instrumental|
|Mike Stern||Guitar (All Tracks)|
|John Patitucci||Acoustic Bass (All Tracks)|
|Jack DeJohnette||Drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 10)|
|Don Alias||Percussion (Tracks 6 & 7, 10 & 11)|
|Michael Brecker||Tenor Saxophone (Track 8)|
|Gil Goldstein||Piano (Tracks 6 & 7)|
|James Farber||Engineering, Mixing|
|Matthew "Boomer" Lamonica||Engineering|
|Tom Schick||Engineering Assistance|
|John Reigart||Engineering Assistance|
|Andrew Page||Engineering Assistance|
|Dan Swope||Engineering Assistance|
|David Burrell||Production Coordination, Management|
|Robin Tomchin||Production Coordination, Management|
|Lynn Kowalewski||Art Direction, Design|
|Recorded at Sear Sound, New York, NY.
Mixed at Sony Music Studios, New York, NY.
Mastered at Masterdisk, New York, NY.