's day gig has been ER physician at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. Long before that, however, Stewart was a working musician who played alto sax with a number of big bands including those led by Tom Kubis
historian / discographer who in 2005 recorded the album Phoenix: A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley.
Having affirmed Stewart's credentials, how's the music? Well, if he practices medicine as well as he plays alto, leads a band and chooses sidemen, Stewart's patients at the Mayo Clinic may rest assured they are in good hands indeed. The session opens, appropriately enough, with the graphic "Code Blue Suite," comprised of four surveys of the blues, the second of which ("Ironman Blues") sounds like something that might have been written by Med Flory
's "Bohemia After Dark" (with even more saxophone pyrotechnics). Stewart solos (tastefully, sometimes in Cannonball mode) on all but one of the album's fourteen numbers, amplifying incisive statements by trumpeters Jeff Bunnell
; alto Catingub, tenor Bill Liston and drummer Steve Moretti. Longtime friends Stewart and Catingub share blowing space (briefly) on "Bud Shank" and "Song My Lady Sings."
No matter how many miles are on your odometer or what shape you are in, Code Blue! could be just what the doctor ordered.
Track Listing: The Code Blue Suite (Code Pink / Ironman Blues / The Last Breath Blues / Code Jesus); The Sticks; Homage to Bud Shank; Snakin’ the Grass; Patty’s Bossa; Dis Here; Introduction to a Samba; Poor Butterfly; Song My Lady Sings; The Way You Look Tonight; Bohemia After Dark.
Personnel: Doc Stewart: leader, alto sax; Wayne Bergeron: trumpet, flugelhorn; Dan Fornero: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jeff Bunnell: trumpet, flugelhorn; Ron Stout: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kye Palmer: trumpet, fllugelhorn; Larry Hall: trumpet, flugelhorn; Dan Higgins, Bill Liston, Rusty Higgins, Greg Huckins, Alex Budman: woodwinds; Andy Martin: trombone; Alex Iles: trombone; Scott Kyle: trombone; Bill Reichenbach: bass trombone; Matt Catingub: piano, keyboard; Kevin Axt: acoustic, electric bass; Steve Moretti: drums.