Guitarist Mike Stern
, best-known for playing rock-oriented fusion and in more commercial settings, surprised many listeners by recording an album dominated by standards. Actually, there are three originals included among the 11 pieces, but Stern
also digs into such songs as "Like Someone in Love," "Moment's Notice," Chick Corea's "Windows," and "Straight No Chaser." Among Stern
's sidemen on this fairly straight-ahead but adventurous set are trumpeter Randy Brecker
, Bob Berg
on tenor, and keyboardist Gil Goldstein
. This little-known release is well-worth acquiring.