John Stein is “putting the groove front and center” on upcoming release “Watershed”

John Stein is “putting the groove front and center” on upcoming release “Watershed”

Review by Chris Spector

“The first class jazz guitarist is newly retired and will no longer be hiding his light in the groves of academe.  With a load of albums already to his credit, this set finds him using his newly gained freedom to push his crew to go balls to the wall making this Brazilian flavored set anything but a set of swaying sambas for tourists.  Putting the groove front and center in these proceedings, you can expect every guitarist comparison to be thrown his way in short order and he’s more than up for the comparisons.  Sizzling and tasty, this is a jazz guitar treat and then some.”

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Midwest Record Review: A View From Within by Jim Robitaille Group: “this crew jams along mightily showing no dust on them no matter how long they’ve been at it.”

Midwest Record Review: A View From Within by Jim Robitaille Group: “this crew jams along mightily showing no dust on them no matter how long they’ve been at it.”

“JIM ROBITAILLE GROUP/View From Within:  A long time fellow traveler of Dave Liebman, this jazz guitarist shows the simpatico that has developed over the years between the two and nobody here is shy about showing what they can do and where they can take things.  Forward thinking, stopping short of being experimental or outré, this crew jams along mightily showing no dust on them no matter how long they’ve been at it.  A solid modern session that shows how it’s really done.​”

By Chris Spector
(Whaling City Sound 118)​
Eric Wyatt’s playing is “as much from the heart as it is from the head” on latest release

Eric Wyatt’s playing is “as much from the heart as it is from the head” on latest release

ERIC WYATT/Golden Rule for Sonny:  Sonny Rollins played frequently with sax man Wyatt’s father so the influence and the tribute here come naturally.  While it’s hard to imagine a tribute to Rollins not including “St. Thomas”, it’s also a little cliché so here we get “Don’t Stop the Carnival” in it’s place.  A tasty set that’s as much from the heart as it is from the head, you know this is the real deal as you get flashes in your head of Rollins sitting up in Woodstock tapping his toe and laughing through his COPD.  Hot stuff done right.​

 

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