A Blast from the Past-Chromazone by Mike Stern Cover

This weekend, I was going through my vast computer files and trying to clean out the gigabytes of junk I had on my computer when I discovered this old clip.

This is from a recording session I did way back in the early 90’s.  I think I was about 25 at the time and in my Michael Brecker/Bob Berg phase of tenor saxophone development.  I haven’t listened to this clip in years but I thought it would be fun to post it on here.  The sax has way too much reverb on it in my opinion but for whatever reason back then I thought it was cool.  I’m not a fan of it now that is for sure.

The musicians were:

Neil Itzler- Guitar

Dave Buda-Bass

Blake Lindberg-Drums

Indra Ismail-Keyboards

As I listen back to the recording there are things I don’t like about my playing but I think the energy level is pretty good…………..


Chromazone by Mike Stern

*I was playing on a H. Couf Superba I tenor saxophone and a Sugal JB .105 high baffle tenor mouthpiece at the time.  Shortly afterward, that Sugal mouthpiece bit the dust when I dropped it on the cement floor of my garage while trying to put a reed on it unfortunately…………

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.


  1. Avatar Marc Contet says

    It’s true that kind of music sounds really 90’s now.
    I was recently back to some Mike stern and Bob Berg recordings I was crazy about in the 90’s and I found they sounded old fashioned. The technic is crazy but the style is no more fitting the current trend. I agree with you that the energy is great. by the way your technic was already dam good at that time.. !

  2. Avatar Plamen penchev says

    Working on that now.great playng Steve!😊🎷🎶

  3. Steve wrote: “… but I think the energy level is pretty good…”
    Exactly what I think: from 01.41 … there is an explosion of energy!
    And I like, not only, just the energy level …
    Congratulations indeed, Steve!

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