Jazzwax review of John Stein’s Emotion (wcs066)

Jazzwax, by Marc Myers (www.jazzwax.com)

Jazz guitar and flute are pretty irresistable. Now add a soft accordion and bass and drums. On guitarist John Stein’s Emotion: The Mingotan Project (Naxos), he explores songs with Brazilian and Argentinian rhythms. He’s joined by Rebecca Kleinmann on flute, Evan Harlan on accordion, John Lockwood on bass and Martias Mingote German on drums. Every song here offers a fascinating meeting of jazz and South American flavors with exquisite arrangements and playing. Stein’s playing has a lyrical, swinging feel that ties together all of the elements.

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2/8,9,10: Falcon Ridge Winter Tix Sale 2014

From: Anne Saunders:
Last summer’s wonderful fest with nice weather for a change was our 25th anniversary.
We begin the count down to year 26 with our ANNUAL WINTER TIX SALE. THREE DAYS – Sat/Sun/Mon Feb 8th, 9th and 10th from 10A thru 10P by phone only.
LIMITED QUANTITIES OF 3 DAY CAMPING AND 3 DAY NO CAMPING at $114 and $84 at our toll free number, 866 325-2744.
This pre-sale is advertised to our Enewsletter, Forum and social network only.
Visa & MC accepted. Please treat all tix like cash. Keep in a safe place, they are non-refundable.
You can request we hold them at the gate.
We will take orders from 10A to 10P daily or until tix sell out.
That’s Sat/Sun/Mon Feb 8-10.
We have 400 camping & 200 no camping tix avail.
Callers may purchase up to 8 tix.
Just one phone line here so be patient.
Daytime is heavy, evenings lighter.
Updated info on prices, dates, deadlines, p erformers, showcase results & more will be on our newly revamped website shortly.
Prices on camping & no camping tix go up 15 bucks in March when EARLY BIRD sales begin.
Other tix types, single day & teen will be available then.
Fest faves the Grand Slambovians are back in 2014 as is Great Bear Trio in the Dance Tent.
Award winning character actor Ronny Cox of Dueling Banjos fame makes his FRFF debut.
We are working on the rest now.
Thanks and stay warm, Anne

 

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2/22: Rossoni “Edentown” CD Release @ Stone Soup

Edentown CD Release Show

February 22, 2014  8PM

 Stone Soup Coffeehouse

St Paul’s Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI

$16 advance; $18 door

stone@soup.org

http://mixedmediapromo.com/mary-ann-rossoni/

Paul Dube, harp/accordion; Matt Dube, percussion;

Fellow board members of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame:

Medrick Bellaire, mando/acoustic guitar; Jeff Keithline, stand-up bass

 

Better All the Time

Mary Ann Rossoni is back. This time with the benefit of experience.

 

 

It’s always a treat when our beloved acoustic music icon Mary Ann Rossoni returns with a collection of songs. Edentown, her newest and eighth work shows us an artist that has come full circle, from acoustic music and back again. Only this time, Mary Ann’s songwriting shows the benefit of passing time, of experience, of wisdom, of age.

 

The new album is Rossoni laid bare: a collection of songs shorn of any elaborate arrangement or instrumentation—just words, delicately strummed guitars, and her voice.

 

Best known for composing melodic ballads focused on the challenges, perils and accomplishments of working class heroes, Mary Ann follows that formula, and her strength, with Edentown. The songs here reflect a pensive depth,her songs address the darkness and difficulties that so often afflict her heavy hearted narrators, all of us. Many of the tunes on Edentown talk of loss, recovery and sacrifice. After the deaths of my nephew and a close friend, my writing took a ‘why-are-we-here?’ turn,” she says. “The songs on Edentown speak of loss and recovery, young love and gratitude for the simple things that life has to offer.”

 

“Beside My Memory of You” is a haunting waltz for a friend that passed suddenly. “The Passion” sings beautifully of the ultimate sacrifice. Years of disagreement end in understanding in “More and More the Same.” The title cut is a missive from a friend on the other side.

 

Writing and recording since 1988, when she met and performed extensively with singer/songwriter John Fuzek, Mary Ann in a sense returns to those simpler days, only this time with more complex feelings, more mature reflections, and a more truly meaningful body of work.

 

Rossoni will be performing these newer songs at Stone Soup Coffeehouse on February 22 with longtime band mate Paul Dube (harp/accordion); his son Matt Dube (percussion) and fellow board members of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Medrick Bellaire (mando/acoustic guitar) and Jeff Keithline (stand-up bass).

 

Mike Laureanno, longtime friend, fellow RISA member, and the recording engineer behind Edentown, opens the show.

 

“I’ve really missed playing small folk rooms, getting out there in front of people and feeling that connection,” she admits. “That’s why I feel it’s good to take these songs on the road.”

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Sun 04/13
ROSSONI with Midnight Honey, Skeleton Crew @ Manchester 65

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6th week total at #1: GERRY GIBBS THRASHER DREAM TRIO

Whaling City Sound is so proud!

For a 6th week total at #1: GERRY GIBBS THRASHER DREAM TRIO with RON CARTER & KENNY BARRON.

Thanks so much to all the jazz djs, reviewers, fans and supporters across the country!
See Gerry Gibbs LIVE with his THRASHER ALL-STAR BIG BAND @DIZZY’S (www.jalc.org)

FEB 6,7,8,9 doing a tribute to his father TERRY GIBBS & his 7 time Grammy nominated DREAM BAND from the 1950s/1960s…

The band features: PAQUITO D’RIVERA, TOM HARRELL, NICHOLAS PAYTON, ERIC ALEXANDER, VINCENT HERRING, MARK GROSS, TIVON PENNICOTT, GARY SMULYAN, ROBIN EUBANKS, CONRAD HERWIG, STEVE DAVIS, FRANK GREENE, MARVIN STAMM, LEW SOLOFF, JOE MAGNARELLI, GERALD CANNON, DONALD VEG

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