On these times three-time Grammy-nominated guitarist Mike Stern --one of the true guitar greats of his generation -- places his signature fluid and lyrical lines into the fabric of highly appealing vocal and instrumental numbers that strike a splendid balance between memorable melodies and burning fusillades.
While the vocal presence is significant on these times, there is also considerable stretching instrumentally by Stern and company – world class soloists all. Stern’s 12th release as a leader stands as one of the best of his career.
Mike Stern is joined by Richard Bona, Kenny Garrett, Vinnie Colaiuta, Will Lee, Dennis Chambers, Victor Wooten, Jim Beard, Jon Herington, Bela Fleck, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Elizabeth Kontomanou, Bob Malach, Bob Franceschini and Don Alias.
ReviewsMore than half the tracks here feel more like adventurous, instrumental rock than jazz, but that's a really good thing. Stern is a hell of a guitar player, and adventurous instrumental rock worked out pretty well for Frank Zappa, right? Some of these cuts wouldn't sound out of place on Zappa's Make A Jazz Noise Here double live set (I don't think this has much to do with it, but ex-Zappa sideman Vinnie Colaiuta plays drums on 10 of These Times' 11 tracks), or Santana's Lotus. These Times is almost radical, in a really sneaky, subtle way. - Mostlywird