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One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards). An electrifying ... Read more in Amazon's Mike Stern Store

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000PHW290
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reissue of the 1992 album from Jazz Fusion guitarist Mike Stern, one of the most unique, respected and talented players in his field. On Standards, Stern tackles Jazz standards and a few originals with help from Randy Brecker, Bob Berg and Gil Goldstein.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Stern's 'Standards and Other Songs' originally came as a disappointment to me, though I'm ashamed to admit it. The issue, I think, was that I expected the same sort of 'balsy' distorted funk-bebop of, say, 'Play'--a great album in and of itself--yet, 'Standards' is much more subdued than any other Stern outings I can think of. No distortion. Quiet. Little audible harmonic accompanyment to many of the solos.
The great thing about this album, then, is the way Stern really comes through as the killer bebopper that he is. Close listeners will hear the harmonic movement imbedded in the lines and not miss another comping instrument (there is a keyboard on a few tracks, but it is quite subdued and quiet).
Though, I confess, I think 'Between the Lines' and 'Give and Take' are my favorites of Stern's, 'Standards' offers something that these don't. Much like Metheny's Trio outings, it gives one a different perspective and a different flavor--and a wonderful one at that. It's technically impressive, grooving, and it also helps to solidify Stern as one of the best bebop guitarists out there today.
A few other points
* For those who've seen Mike at the 55 Bar in NYC or wish to, 'Standards' is much more in line with that sort of playing than his other work, save perhaps 'Give and Take'.
* Those who are not well-versed in Bird, Trane, etc--ie, rock fans getting into jazz via Stern, Chick, etc (as I was when I first got the album at 16) will probably not "get it" first time out; conversely, close listening will speed that transition
* Again, it is a very quiet album--indeed, perhaps this is my biggest complaint; not only is the playing subdued (not a problem), but recording volume is not especially high.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Arenson on February 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mike Stern always has displayed a large be-bop influence in both his playing and compositions so this Cd was inevitable. What we end up hearing on this disc is the closest thing to seeing Mike Stern's band live until he actually releases a live disc. The playing is amazing and he adds new life to some standards. Although all of the covers were written for piano or saxophone, Mike shows that guitar is a great medium for Jazz. Among the highlights are "There is no greater Love" and "Straight No Chaser". There isn't a dissapointing moment on the entire disc. The one noticable difference between this one and the others is the sound of Mr. Stern's guitar. Unlike the other discs ,where he will incorporate a distorted tone during a part of a song, the whole Cd is played with a clean tone. However, this does not stop Mike from displaying non-jazz influences in his playing. Mike Stern doesn't play with the unbelievable speed of other guitarists (Holdsworth,Lane,Etc.) but he does have a unique style and nobody puts together phrases better than him. For anyone that would like to learn another way to approach the instrument this is a great place to start. Actually this Cd is great for any jazz/fusion lover because there are many lessons to be learned on this recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Smallfield on January 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mike Stern - Standards and Other Songs
Stern is a fusion guitarist, but here turns his attention to jazz standards. This CD shows them played in a way I had never before heard them played on the guitar. His playing is fleet and his lines run nimbly ... there is an irrepressible momentum that makes every bar compelling and propels the music onward. There is great subtlety of dynamic control too, and beauty in the tracks 'Circles' and 'Peace'. (His tone is lightly chorussed, an effect that usually does not appeal to me, but in Stern's handsk it fits perfectly - he has made this sound his own.) It changed forever my way of thinking about jazz guitar: here are standards, played in a non-standard way, with virutosity and without cliche. A totally fresh and essential jazz guitar album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ND.NY on May 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Mike has such a unique sound and approach. You can listen to a few notes and you know it's him. He can wail in the bluesiest (if there is such a word) fashion or play in the this unique bebop mode. Unique because he doesn't sound like other jazz guitarists playing the same tunes.

This recording is filled with fresh readings of some often performed standards. Mike's quirky original approach along with the setting here allows form some room for all parties to re-interpret. Both bassists Larry Grenadier and Jay Anderson shine with their sense of swing and their dialog with Mike. Ben Perowsky and Al Foster are absolutely impeccable on this recording.

This, for me, is Mike Stern at his best. His imagination is shown in the best light with these pieces. He took great care with these pieces and it shows. He has a particular gift with ballads, he doesn't over run them.

Is he a true jazz guitarist in the traditional sense? Who knows? It really doesn't matter because it's this one foot in one realm, one foot in another gives him enough to actually revitalize these pieces and make this recording worth getting.

Gil Goldstein is one of the truly underrated producers. He is an excellent musician and his production of this recording shows that he knows what these musicians need to thrive. There is "live" feel in the studio and improvisation flourished as a result.

Stern's tone is rich, fat, bluesy. The man can play bop and with fire.

This one is a real treat. One of his absolute best.
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