LA Jazz Scene Review of John Stein’s Color Tones

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.
O’s Place Jazz Newsletter dubs Summer Breeze as “a memorable and well-balanced set”

O’s Place Jazz Newsletter dubs Summer Breeze as “a memorable and well-balanced set”

Oscar from O’s Place Jazz Newsletter has reviewed Greg Murphy’s Summer Breeze as follows:
“This is an upbeat jovial set with pianist Greg Murphy leading the charge backed by bassist Eric Wheeler and Kush Abadey on drums. Malou Beauvoir provides vocals on “Sophisticated Lady” with a strong solo from trumpeter Josh Evans. She also sings the R&B infused “A Reason To Smile” with brass accompaniment by Jay Rodriguez (sax) and Corey Wilcox (tb) along with the classic title track. Evans mesmerizes us on “Fall” making Summer Breeze a memorable and well-balanced set.”

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