Mike Stern - album review (4 stars)

Mike Stern

Who Let the Cats Out? (Heads Up)


A strong outing from the jazz-fusion guitarist, mixing funk, blues and rock with a straight-ahead jazz feel in very effective fashion. Stern himself is in fine form, and the assembled cats that he lets loose crank up a satisfying energy and invention.

They include vocal contributions from bassist Richard Bona on a couple of tracks, some superb drumming from Kim Thompson, Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten, long-term collaborator Jim Beard on keyboards, and bassists Meshell Ndegeocello, Chris Minh Doky and Anthony Jackson. Roy Hargrove and Bob Franceschini add horn contributions, while Gregoire Maret’s sinuous harmonica features on the atmospheric ‘Texas’.

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