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on July 21, 2012
I am a huge fan of Mike Stern, have all his cds, and have seen him live many times.

On this cd, he has outdone himself, going one step beyond Who Let the Cats Out?
Great songwriting is the strong feature of the recording and despite the variety of styles of tunes written, the whole album fits together beautifully. Mike's usual great soloing is on the cd, but the solos are short and sometimes it is hard to tell where the songwriting ends and where the solo begins. And that's a good thing.

Rather than using one band for the whole recording, Mr. Stern uses different musicians on each track. There is a long list of top-rate players. Three tracks feature the rhythm section of Dave Holland and Al Foster and it is wonderful to hear this fantastic jazz bassist and drummer interact with Mike. Other tracks feature Stern's usual cohorts and other top fusion players.

The list of bass players is a who's-who of great players and one of them, Victor Wooten, turns in an outstanding performance. His solo on Half Way Home is beautiful and highly musical, not his usual slap display, but of course it shows his incredible technique which serves his musical statement perfectly.

Run and get the cd.
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on August 16, 2012
Mike Stern's "All over the place" is a wonderful release. It features Richard Bona, Kenny Garrett, Randy Brecker and Esperanza Spaulding just to name a few. The compositions are strong, and I can describe it best by saying this is one of those albums that is a joy to listen to all the way through. Mike's playing is terrific as are all the guests on this album. The title says it...the songs have many different styles and feels it truly is "All over the place"...but every one of them is a joy to hear. I keep going back to this in the car cd player. Love listening to this one while driving around town.
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on July 7, 2012
To the casual listener, Mike Stern's latest CD "All Over the Place" may sound like familiar territory but if you listen closely you will hear brand new beauty, fire and magic. For this offering, Mike Stern has assembled twenty-one highly talented musicians and the interplay between them is simply amazing. If you like artful improvisation performed by the crème de la crème in the Jazz music world and if you like Mr. Stern's ability to write highly evocative melodies, this CD is well worth your time and money.
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on January 24, 2014
Mike tears it up with friends like Randy Brecker, Kenny Garret, and I love hearing Dave Holland with him! Mike continues to blend bebop, fusion, rock, blues, and more, and sounds amazing doing it! Regarding some of the comments that he's predictable... well, to each is own. Mike sounds like himself and no one else, that's for sure; and I don't think I've heard him in poor form. His current recordings are much different from what he was doing 20-25 years ago, and his song-writing continues to improve. Is he guilty of sounding like himself? Yes, as is Dexter Gordon, Mike Brecker, Miles, and on and on. And he doesn't veer in different directions like Pat Metheny? But predictable? Not really. Stern is at the top of his game, and sounds loose and relaxed.
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on July 28, 2013
Wonderful album. The "I love you" rewrite (ocd) alone is worth the price of admission. Great tunes, lots of variety - yes it sounds like Mike Stern's writing, because, well, Mike Stern wrote it. Not sure why some reviewers find that to be a problem. If you are reading this you are probably a Mike Stern fan. Heck, if you can even read, you should be a Mike Stern fan.
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on November 24, 2012
Hesitated at first in purchasing this after reading the poor review in Downbeat, but recently got it as a longtime fan of Stern's. It ranks as one of his best, a great constellation of songs, musicians, and performances by Stern. He continues to evolve and demonstrates his amazing breadth and masterful playing. Disregard the bogus Downbeat review!
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on September 11, 2013
Mike Stern is one of the most prolific and creative composers out there and his guitar playing is a wonderful blend of deep jazz line building finesse and rootsy blues-rock. A great CD laced with wonderful creative tangents from the likes of Esperanza Spaulding and Richard Bona just off the top of my head.

Buy it!
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on December 12, 2012
An album of lyrical beauty - full of nuance , gorgeous vocals , and understated virtuosity . Some Funk, jagged Rock/ Jazz , and ' World ' influences , which makes for a very good album ! Definitely has Mike Stern's unique voicings , and rhythmic shifts all over the place !!!
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on June 30, 2013
Wish he would do something freash and new- same stuff all the time- melody, lead, distorted lead, melody, distorted lean. Great musical line but execution is boring. Surprise me next time Mike!
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on February 5, 2013
How does some one follow up Big Neighborhood? By being himself. Mike Stern is so impressive with how much better he gets as a musician and composer with each album. The playing is top notch with great guests!
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