John Stowell: Solitary Tales (2009)
Stowell gives contemplative readings to Cole Porter's "Everything I Love" and Bill Evans' "Funny Man." Steve Swallow's "Outfits" contains some of the disc's most inventive lines, with breathtaking leaps across the fret board. Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation," a disc highlight, jumps out as a bluesy surprise, as Stowell digs in with spirited phrasing.
The bulk of the recording is comprised of Stowell's original compositions, including the rhythmic "Fun With Fruit," the harmonically lush "Behind the Scenes" and the swingingly unpredictable closer, "Wybleing." Thick and juicy chord clusters bring out a thumping, unhurried pace on the hypnotic "Friendly Giant."
The up-close-and-personal setting and superb audio of Solitary Tales allow an extraordinary glimpse into Stowell's uncompromising artistry.
Track Listing: Everything I Love; Friendly Giant; Outfits; Funny Man; House of Doolin; Willow; Fun with Fruit; Behind the Scenes; Laughing River; Blues Connotation; Wybleing.
Personnel: John Stowell: guitar.
Record Label: Origin Records
Style: Modern Jazz