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The title of this Mike Stern release seems odd considering that the music herein could have been made any time in the last two decades. The opening "Chatter" delineates the distinctive, angular, funk-bop style that the guitarist pioneered with the Brecker Brothers in the early Eighties. Other tunes alternate between the kind of "world-music" jazz on which his contemporary Pat Metheny has built a career (albeit Stern's is a higher testosterone version), and your basic blues-inflected fusion. His 1999 outing, Play, featured Bill Frisell and John Scofield, and pushed him in some new directions. The follow-up, Voices, began his "world-music" explorations, and though it has been done before, and here again, he does it well. An engaging composer, Stern skillfully integrates vocals by Richard Bona and Elizabeth Kontomanou on tunes like "Silver Lining" and "Mirage." Sidemen Will Lee, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dennis Chambers all turn in top shelf performances. This type of jazz is certainly popular, but Stern's signature funk skills are what set him apart from contemporaries like Metheny, John Abercrombie, and Bill Frisell. Incorporating some modern hip-hop elements might have stayed truer to that style while more interestingly referencing the tone of these times. --Michael Ross

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • ASIN: B0000YTP3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Terry on March 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The jazz-beat numbers on the album do warrant the comparisons to Pat Metheny. Especially those featuring the vocals of bassist Richard Bona. Metheny doesn't own the sound however and Mike Stern's resume stands on it's own. Stern's sound has a much harder edge to it and the jazz-funk numbers on the album are smokin. "These Times" is not really a "guitar hero" album. There are breathtaking solos but there are times that Stern is content to sit back and add color and texture to a song. This is a total band effort. I'm sure the all star supporting cast helped. I would say if you're a Metheny fan, check this out. However, I'm betting that if you know one man, you probably already know the other. Excellent stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Jazzman on December 3, 2005
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This album has a little bit of everything for a music lover.Funky jazz soul, world music, bebop guitar, a little dab of everything. What holds it all together is that Stern is consistently melodic in his phrasing. At times this album shimmers as the layers of sound including wordless vocals from Richard Bona and Elizabeth Kontomanou mix with the other instruments seamlessly. Kudos to Stern.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WJF on February 15, 2004
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If you listen closely you can almost hear god or some other supernatural diety speaking through Stern's music. This has pretty much always been the case with him though. It is such an amazing privelege to listen to anything he does and this disk is certainly no exception.
He is way beyond "gifted" as musician for sure and his compositional chops just continue to get better, and better and better!
Mike, you are a joy to listen to!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Not A. Rockstar on February 10, 2004
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The songs on this record are very similar to his last effort. That's not entirely a bad thing, but I REALLY liked the direction he was going with the quartet format a few years back. Mike's compositions are starting to sound more and more like Pat Metheny's and his improvisations don't seem as inspired as in the past. On the other hand, Richard Bona sounds great and Vinnie Colaiuta is always incredible.
++++++ UPDATE ++++++
After repeated listens, this has become one of my favourite records! Forget about my comparison to Metheny..this CD stands on its own.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. S Senko on August 8, 2004
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Mike leaves his ego at the door in this metheny-esque outing. The tunes are the stars not the guitar technique. The dense and funky opening tune just totally cooks! (can't go wrong with that Miles influence) The disk gets better everytime I listen to it. This would have been a ground breaking disk in the 80's. But it's brave to make a great disk with nice tunes, a hot band and a focus on funky groving instead of trying to be virtuosic and hip at the expense of the music. Way to go Mike! This disk pulls off the difficult task of groovin' high and deserving lots of airplay at the same time.
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By Loki on November 7, 2004
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Mike Stern & company have managed to capture a fine recording effort which features the best of today's jazz fusion artists.

Mike's guitar work is tasty, technical and taunting. Richard Bona's vocals are featured extensively as well as his elegant and exciting bass playing. The playing is superb, the mix is dead on and the songs are well written and arranged. One of the best fusion releases of 2004.
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