Mike Stern: D.C.




Mike Stern (electric guitar)


Odds or Evens (Atlantic 7 82297-2)

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Mike Stern (electric guitar), Bob Berg (sax),

Jim Beard (keyboards), Anthony Jackson (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Don Alias (percussion)


Composed by Mike Stern


Recorded: New York, 1991


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Mike Stern is a guitarist and composer of the highest order. His pedigree is impeccable. He has been in the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears, Miles Davis's band and The Brecker Brothers band. He has played with Stan Getz and Jaco Pastorius. He has released a good number of his own records that have received critical praise and Grammy nominations. One of his most impressive touring groups featured Dennis Chambers, Jim Beard, the late Bob Berg, bassist Lincoln Goines and the late percussionist Don Alias. On the cut discussed here, Anthony Jackson replaced Goines.

"D.C." (named after the District of Columbia and not drummer Dennis Chambers) is a distinct blend of blues and jazz-funk. Its head is a forward-driving swing fest permeated and propelled by thick Chambers backbeats. Stern and Berg often double-up on impressive single-note runs. Stern's liquid solo leads to a straight jazz section featuring Beard's syncopated piano before the band returns en masse to close the festivities with a high-pitched funk-out. This is an outstanding performance by a group of real pros. The jazz community still misses saxophonist Berg, who died much too young.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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