444

Sting: Bring on the Night

Trevor MacLaren By

Sign in to view read count
Sting
Bring on the Night
A&M
1986

With pop/rock group The Police, Sting (aka Gordon Sumner) created some of the greatest pop songs ever. These songs were a mix of pop, rock and ska meshed with articulate lyrics that would render the band's catalogue legendary. But as the band had peaked with its best selling record, Sting went off to pursue a solo career. During the process of creating his debut record, Sting sought out a separate path of musical ideas than the ones that made up his work with the Police. Sting looked back to his first love, which was jazz.

When taking to the studio to record what would be Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting revisited the fusion sounds that were a part of his pre-Police band Last Exit, pulling together a band of killer jazz players that featured Omar Hakim, Kenny Kirkland, Daryl Jones and Branford Marsalis. The idea was so important that Sting had the sessions filmed and released as the documentary Bring on the Night. Due to the varying styles and pop overtones, Dream wasn't the jazz record that such players would be expected to make. In fact for many jazz fans thought it was all hype and no action. Yet the record has many redeeming qualities, namely its particular brand of fusion and Sting's brilliant songwriting.

With the release of the documentary came an expensive double live record that only appeared in North America on import and unfortunately did not get a lot of press. Bring on the Night was the jazz record that Sting hadn't made with Dream of the Blue Turtles. Over the course of the record, Sting band mates work their way through obscure and classic Police tracks and Blue Turtles material. With live atmosphere the band cuts loose and frees the restraint of recording a pop record. Though some tracks work better than others, the feel through out the record works more into the ideology of jazz than any post- or pre-Sting solo work. On this collection Sting helped to evolve a newer version of the jazz/pop/rock fusion.

Since he had the band and the chops, Bring on the Night brought to life many works that have failed in the past. It still doesn't stand-alone as an essential jazz or pop record, but makes a solid stance for a crossover record. Even though many fans of jazz detest any artist crossing over and claiming themselves a jazz player, Sting's intent opened the ears of pop fans who would normally have banished all jazz in sight.


Shop

More Articles

Read Oscar Peterson & Stephane Grappelli: Skol Reassessing Oscar Peterson & Stephane Grappelli: Skol
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 10, 2013
Read Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4 Reassessing Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 26, 2013
Read Art Tatum: Solo Masterpieces, Volume One Reassessing Art Tatum: Solo Masterpieces, Volume One
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 24, 2013
Read Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers Reassessing Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 23, 2013
Read John Coltrane: Afro Blue Impressions Reassessing John Coltrane: Afro Blue Impressions
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 29, 2013
Read "Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3" In the Studio Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 10, 2016
Read "All About Jazz: The Innovation Game" Website News All About Jazz: The Innovation Game
by Michael Ricci
Published: April 15, 2016
Read ""Desafinado" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça and Jon Hendricks" Anatomy of a Standard "Desafinado" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça and Jon Hendricks
by Tish Oney
Published: February 1, 2017
Read "Bill Cunliffe: A Day In the Life" Interviews Bill Cunliffe: A Day In the Life
by Tish Oney
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "How to Listen to Jazz" Genius Guide to Jazz How to Listen to Jazz
by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius
Published: April 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!