Mike Stern "These Times"

Mike Stern "These Times"

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Mike Stern
These Times
The Story
On "These Times", his auspicious debut on ESC Records, three-time Grammy-nominated guitarist Mike Stern joins forces with stellar saxophonist Kenny Garrett (a fellow Miles Davis alumnus), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and a string of stellar bass players in Will Lee, Victor Wooten and Richard Bona. Along with percussionists Arto Tuncboyaciyan and Don Alias, drummer Dennis Chambers, tenor saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bob Malach, vocalist Elizabeth Kontomanou and keyboardist-producer Jim Beard, Stern - one of the true guitar greats of his generation - places his signature fluid and lyrical lines into the fabric of highly appealing vocal and instrumental numbers that strike a splendid balance between memorable melodies and burning fusillades. Special guest Bela Fleck also adds his inimitable virtuosic touch on banjo to one tune. "This album was a bit of a continuation of "Voices" but with some strong instrumental tunes as well," says Stern, referring to his Grammy-nominated album from 2001. "I definitely wanted to continue working with Richard Bona, who played such a big part on "Voices". And I've always wanted to play and record with Kenny Garrett. He's a very special musician. I wrote a couple of instrumental tunes for him on this CD and he sounded great."
The Music
06:10 Chatter Vocal
06:34 Silver Lining Vocal
05:06 I Know You Vocal
06:44 Mirage Vocal
05:31 If Only Vocal
06:36 Street Rhyme Vocal
06:13 Avenue B Instrumental
06:02 Remember Instrumental
06:12 These Times Instrumental
06:45 What You Believe Vocal
05:30 Last One Down Instrumental
The Artists
Mike Stern Guitar
Kenny Garrett Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Arto Tuncboyacian Percussion
Jim Beard Piano, Synthesizers, Organ, Production, Engineering
Will Lee Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Elizabeth Kentomanou Vocals
Richard Bona Vocals, Bass, Percussion
Bela Fleck Banjo
Bob Franceschini Tenor Saxophone
Bob Malach Tenor Saxophone
Victor Wooten Bass
Dennis Chambers Drums
Don Alias Percussion
Jon Herington Additional Rhythm Guitars
Phil Magnotti Engineering, Mixing
Aya Takemura Engineering Assistance
Greg Calbi Mastering
Joachim Oster Design
George Lange Photography
Joachim Becker Executive Production
Recorded at Avatar Studios, NYC 1/25, 1/26 and 1/27, 2003 and The Carriage House Studios, CT 5/28/03.

Additional recordings at B&C Studios, NYC.

Mixed at Carriage House Studios, CT, 5/03.

Mastered at Sterling Sound.