Mike Stern Trip Heads Up

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Tri­umph out of ad­ver­sity for fu­sion’s finest

It didn’t make head­line news at the time, but last year fu­sion player Mike Stern ex­pe­ri­enced a se­ri­ous fall near his New York apart­ment, re­sult­ing in him break­ing both arms, leav­ing him with an in­jury that re­quires him to use glue in or­der for him to hold a guitar pick, ap­plied to the fin­gers of a spe­cial glove that he now has to wear when he plays.“I’m very grate­ful to be able to play and make this record­ing un­der these chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances,” Mike says in the liner notes that ac­com­pany the CD.“I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t play mu­sic.”

The mind bog­gles at the thought of such an im­pair­ment, but luck­ily Mike is still able to play and, as we can see here, record stun­ning new mu­sic. The al­bum’s ti­tle is ev­i­dently some form of wry com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion, but the mu­sic within its bound­aries is stel­lar qual­ity mod­ern jazz: check out the beau­ti­ful bal­lad Amelia for a rare com­bi­na­tion of great com­po­si­tion and mag­nif­i­cent guitar work. [DM] Stand­out track: Amelia For fans of: Pat Metheny, John Scofield

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