Phil Stockli Quintet: Third Eye (2004)
But what emerges is still beautifully intense. Stockli's voice is mature, robust and it emerges from a well-formed mindï"with loads of talent to boot. Not only this, Stockli can shift rhythmic bases from Brazil (as in "Source Nature ) to Latin Europe (as in "Colibri ), or simply remain in the classic realm of jazz centralï"his version of "Body & Soul has got to be one of the most surprising and refreshing you will hear in a long time! This is what makes the musical journey of Third Eye worth sharing with this extraordinary saxophonist and musician.
It bears mention here that Phil Stockli has a unique voice, deeply influenced by Wayne Shorter, but a voice all his own, nevertheless. And he grows on you with the bold nature of his harmonic leapsï"especially in "King Nature and "Body & Soul ï"harnessed with dramatic mastery of changing tempi by Matt Penman (bass) and Jeff Ballard (drums).
Track Listing: Source Nature; King Neptune; Babalou; Third Eye; Body & Soul; Timeless Tale; The Cost of Freedom; Moment's Joy; Stretch Out; Colibri
Personnel: Phil Stockli (Alto sax, tenor sax); Mike Moreno (guitar); Pete Rende (piano, fender rhodes, synth); Matt Menman (bass); Jeff Ballard (drums); Matthias Kunzli (percussion on tracks 1,5 and 8); Barbara Mendes (vocals on track 1)
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent