Is What It Is
Reviewer Ries van Schelven writes about guitarist Mike Stern's 1994 release "Is What It Is", "This is, in my opinion, Stern's best solo album. This album is full of jewels. It has a definite jazz/rock sound to it, but has it's pure moments as well. The album starts of with "Swunk", a typical Stern composition featuring Michael Brecker on tenor sax and a kick ass solo. Next, "A Little Luck" which is brilliant guitar work. Then it's ballad time again, "What I Meant To Say", one of my favorites on the album - a soaring melodic piece, showing Mike's brilliance. Then comes some funky stuff on "Showbiz". Listen to the acoustic masterpiece "Wherever You Are", which features Harvie Swartz on the upright acoustic bass. The phrasing is breathtaking. The best piece is "Signs" - this is Mike Stern. The structure of the solo is incredible. It has Mike Stern's signature all over it. I like when he uses his overdrive. It kicks ass! Definitely his best solo album."
|06:36||A Little Luck||Instrumental|
|06:20||What I Meant To Say||Instrumental|
|05:32||Wherever You Are||Instrumental|
|06:10||Ha Ha Hotel||Instrumental|
|Jim Beard||Synthesizers, Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer Piano, Production, Additional Engineering|
|Harvie Swartz||Acoustic Bass|
|Phil Magnotti||Engineering, Mixing|
|Rich Lamb||Engineering Assistance|
|Tom Bender||Engineering Assistance|
|Ted Sheets||Engineering Assistance|
|Ron Bach||Digital Editing|
|David Burrell||Production Coordination, Management|
|Robin Tomchin||Production Coordination, Management|
|Jean Cronin||Art Direction, Design|
|Recorded at Skyline Studios, New York, NY.
Additional recording and mixed at Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT.
Digital editing at Editmasters.
Mastered at Sterling Sound Studios, New York, NY.