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“River of January is an album that adventures off the beaten path”

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

 

River of January
Dave Zinno Unisphere
Whaling City Sound
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River of January is a Latin jazz album that adventures off the beaten path, sweeping the listener away in a stellar journey. Lively and exciting, the songs rouse the listener’s spirit and showcase the performers’ talents for creativity and improvisation. Highly recommended. The tracks are “Babycakes” (8:27), “Remember When” (7:54), “Feir a Hippie” (6:43), “Inverno Sem Rio” (7:39), “Little Lilli” (10:52), “Recife Blues” (6:45), “Wichita Lineman” (6:47), “South End Blues” (6:08), “Rapanui” (3:41) and “Um a Zero” (3:28).

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John Stein: Color Tones- “Sharp and lively rhythms with a Latin-Caribbean flavor”

John Stien: Color Tones

By; Jack Bowers- August 2, 2017

On Color Tones, his ninth album for Boston’s Whaling City Sound label, Kanas City-bred guitarist John Stein has chosen a quintet whose front line includes trumpeter Phil Grenadier and flute specialistFernando Brandao. All tones considered, it’s a splendid idea, as Grenadier and Brandao blend well with Stein’s lucent, well-groomed guitar, while bassist John Lockwood and drummer Ze Eduardo Nazzario comprise a snug and unflappable rhythm section. Even though everyone in the ensemble is a talented soloist, the emphasis for the most part is on sharp and lively rhythms, more often than not with a Latin / Caribbean flavor. Exceptions are the shapely ballad “Jo Ann,” written by Stein for his mother, and the leisurely “Salt Marsh Down.” Stein penned every number save the Matt Dennis / Earl Brent standard “Angel Eyes,” whose likeable mid-tempo reading is introduced by Nazario’s drums and enhanced by Brandao’s nimble flute solo. Stein’s modest, plain-spoken compositions set the rhythmic compass and serve as a durable launching pad for the soloists. Although Stein is the nominal leader, Color Tones is by any measure a group effort, with Grenadier and Brandao given ample room to extemporize (and accentuate the various melodies) while Lockwood and Nazario are indispensable allies in the trenches. A splendid quintet date with much to offer the perceptive listener.

John Stein: Color Tones

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