. With a proverbial star-studded cast, Stern ventures into non-jazz circles, covering blues, West African themes, country rock, and other genres.
While Stern does go all over the place by cutting and pasting the jazz vernacular into various song forms and ethnocentric deities, he revisits familiar fusion territory on the title track. With a souped-up rhythm section featuring bassist Will Lee
, the frontline delves into call-and-response mechanisms and reinvents the primary melody. Stern ups the ante with scathing linear runs, while bending his strings into submission and zooming in for the kill. It's a divergent program, modeled with emotive persuasions, affable arrangements and technical poise.
Personnel: Mike Stern: guitar; Bob Malach: saxophone; Will Lee: bass; Jim Beard: piano; Keith Carlock: drums.