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LA Jazz Scene Review of John Stein’s Color Tones

This appears in the March issue of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene under CD Reviews:
John Stein
Color Tones
(Whaling City Sound)
Guitarist John Stein’s Color Tones can be thought of as modern cool jazz. His quietly inventive playing at times recalls Jim Hall although he has his own musical personality. Trumpeter Phil Grenadier’s tone is not that far from Chet Baker’s. Fernando Brandao on flute, alto flute and bass flute is a very fluent soloist who adds a great deal to the color of the ensembles. Bassist John Lockwood and drummer Ze Eduardo Nazario swing hard but at a low volume. Every musician makes perfect use of space and every note counts.
But beyond the musicianship and the fine playing are the compositions. John Stein contributed all but one of the 11 selections (a faster-than-usual version of “Angel Eyes”). A fine songwriter, Stein’s tunes have excellent melodies, set moods, employ catchy basslines and rhythms, and inspire the musicians. “The Commons” could easily become a standard in the future, “New Shoes” is likable and playful, “Five Weeks” is a medium tempo blues and “Jo Ann” is a warm ballad. Even the heated and fairly free “Neck Road” has a relaxed feel to it. Adi Yeshaya’s arrangements for three of the pieces add harmonies to the themes and set up the solos well.
John Stein’s Color Tones is melodic, concise (none of the pieces exceed 6:14 in length) and quite enjoyable. This fine example of cool jazz for the 21st century is easily recommended and available from www.whalingcitysound.com.
Scott Yanow
Color Tones is available for purchase here.
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Tim Ray Trio’s Windows is “an enjoyable and well-rounded session,” affirms O’s Place Jazz Newsletter

Oscar Groomes from O’s Place Jazz Newsletter has reviewed The Tim Ray Trio’s Windows as follows:

“Pianist Tim Ray performs in a trio with Mark Walker (d) and John Lockwood (b) on Windows. It is his first trio release since his debut Ideas and Opinions over 20 years ago! Ray is influenced by Monk beyond “Monks Dream”. We also felt that groove on “DE-Train”. You can also hear impressions of Corea, Hancock, Jarrett, Tyner and Evans. There is a touch of ragtime blues in “I’ve Been to Memphis” and peaceful journeys on the title track and “So Tender” making this an enjoyable and well-rounded session.

Click here to purchase Windows.

Click here for more information about the Tim Ray Trio.


See The Tim Ray Trio live:

3.4 7:30p Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, MA 02664, 508-394-7100 The Tim Ray Trio featuring John Lockwood – bass & Mark Walker – drums
3.28 7:30-10:30p The Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen, MA 01844, 978-683-9200 The Tim Ray Trio featuring John Lockwood – bass & Mark Walker – drums


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