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Mike Stern

One of the premier guitarists of his generation, the three-time Grammy nominee was born on January 10, 1953 in Boston. After growing up in Washington D.C., he returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music and got his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears at the age of 22. Following a stint with Billy Cobham's powerhouse fusion band from 1979-1980, Mike moved to New York City and was recruited by Miles Davis and played a key role in his celebrated comeback band of 1981 (which also included bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cinelu and saxophonist Bill Evans)

Paris Rio New York

Label: Kwazil/Plaza Mayor Company Serg 250
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1984(Fanfare); Mars; Missie Didie; Nuits Magnétiques; 1984(Funky Cover); 2 Stars in my Skies; Celeste A; Toronto Layover; Dudatjo; Plain Dance; Queen of my Nights.

Master Volume

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Zero to Sixty; Papano Kimono; Old Window; Master Volume; Worth the Wait; Unfinished Business; Hayvanhana; Sweet Sweep; Chances Are; Blues for Who?.

Stories

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hurry Up!; Elements; The '70s; Stories; Don't Forget Your Jacket; A Simple Song; Altitude; BB's Blues.

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Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes

Read "Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes" reviewed by Jim Worsley

From a small town in Italy to bright lights around the world, saxophonist Ada Rovatti boldly stepped into the big shoes of the late and legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker several years ago. She didn't fill them. No one could. Instead she has snugged up inside them and found her own way of expressing Brecker's music. Married ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Latin Jazz Fusion and more

Read "Latin Jazz Fusion and more" reviewed by Len Davis

Latin jazz fusion and much more. Playlist Dave Weckl Band “Tiempo de Festival" from Live and very Unplugged (Stretchl) 00:00 Meddy Gerville “Ter vis Bin" from Tropical Rain (dot timel) 07:14 Horacio el negro Hernandez “90, Miles from Miles" from Italuba (Timba records) 14:28 Howe-Wooten-Chambers “Contigo" from Extraction (Tone Centre) 21:36 Eric Marienthal “The ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

Read "Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails" reviewed by Jim Worsley

One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick Corea, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X and More

Read "Chick Corea, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X and More" reviewed by Len Davis

This week we explore the world of classic '70s fusion, '90s electric guitar jazz after opening with Isolation, an album recorded during these lockdown months. Playlist The Backstage “Some Skunk Blues" from Isolation (Reingold Records) 00:00 Chick Corea “Night Sprite" from The Leprechaun (Verve) 08:23 Weather Report “Black Market" from Black Market (Columbia) 16:46 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rocco Prestia, Mark Egan, John McLaughlin & More

Read "Rocco Prestia, Mark Egan, John McLaughlin & More" reviewed by Len Davis

This week we open paying tribute to the late Rocco Prestia, bassist with Tower of Power. We then focus on the latest release by another reference bassist, Mark Egan. Enjoy the music! Playlist John McLaughlin “Dear Dalai Lama" Industrial Zen (Verve Records) 0:00:28 Chick Corea “Flight from Karoof pt 1" The ultimate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leni Stern: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Apprezzata chitarrista e cantante, con alle spalle un considerevole numero di lavori a proprio nome, la tedesca Leni Stern è nota anche in quanto consorte di Mike Stern, una delle icone della chitarra jazz e accompagnatore di Miles Davis in ben tre album. Al marito la Stern assomiglia molto per sonorità e approccio allo strumento, mentre ...


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