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Mike Stern

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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). During his three-year period with Miles, Mike appeared on three recordings with the jazz maestro - Man With The Horn, Star People and the live We Want Miles. From 1983 to 1984, he toured with Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth band and in 1985 returned to Miles’ lineup for a second tour of duty that lasted close to a year.

In the summer of 1986, Stern went out on the road with David Sanborn and later joined an electrified edition of Steps Ahead which featured Mike Mainieri on midi vibes, Michael Brecker on the Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI), Darryl Jones on electric bass and Steve Smith on drums. Stern made his first recording as a leader for the Japanese Trio label (1985’s Neesh) before making his debut on Atlantic Records in 1986 with Upside Downside, featuring such celebrated colleagues as Sanborn, Pastorius, saxophonist Bob Berg, bassists Mark Egan and Jeff Andrews, keyboardist Mitch Forman and drummers Dave Weckl and Steve Jordan. From 1986 through 1988, Mike was a member of Michael Brecker’s potent quintet, appearing on Don’t Try This At Home.

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  • Assedor

    This music changes outlook on life, helping to find answers to various questions, opens up new opportunities for development and self-improvement and most importantly, it gives a good mood and the ability to split it with other people.

    17 Sep 11:43am Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    'These Times' is my favourite. Then, "Play"

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • shivaki07

    which album is the best to start with?

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Artakha

    Mood Swings is his best

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SomeRandomHomey

    If you Love Mike Stern Check Out His Performance at The Cordoba Guitar Festival 2007 on YouTube : )!!! A genuine wtf moment!!

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    strings!!!!!!!!!!

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    There should be a 'Smooth jazz' tag as well

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • chistian89

    Time in Place ;)

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TFR_Metal

    He is simply amazing!

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • not_not_not

    seen live

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Naamah77

    Just saw him for the first time this past weekend at a guitar workshop in DC with about 20 other people in attendance. The amount of knowledge he openly gave all of us was amazing. Great performance.

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • msbmusic

    Check out "Upside Downside" from '86, every track is a masterpiece!

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • treynegunn

    He is a great musician!

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • oldzulu

    I have been listening and seeing this cat for years Blood Sweat n Tears -Miles- D Sanborn. Saw him last nite in a little Village in Germany (Backnang) It Was The Sh--t!!!

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • tribaltech11111

    chromazone :)

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • BlisteringDDj

    It's a surprise that "Loose Ends" is not in the top 15!

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • dedija

    I saw this guitar hero live in the jazz festival with Yellowjackets, it was an awesome gig and a memorable experience!

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • mbturner625

    aw but the chorus is HIS sound

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • gress-xtreme

    ahh i love "avenue b"

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Hali2sis

    lovely sound

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
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