John Stein: Portraits and Landscapes
Throughout the disc, Stein paces things remarkably well. Pretty pieces such as “Sarlat” with Bill Thompson’s airy flute work contrast well with the Brazilian-tinged numbers like “Samba Nights” and “Rio Con Brio.” The blues and more soulful vistas are also part and parcel of Stein’s musical landscapes. Bill Thompson lends his strapping tenor to several numbers with great results, while Larry Goldings reminds us that he can play piano with the same degree of individuality and refinement that already distinguishes him as a master organ grinder (Goldings does sit down at the B-3 for “Sammy”). Well worth the extra effort it may take to track down this one, guitar fans are clearly in for a treat!
Track Listing: Samba Nights, Moonlight in Vermont, Be Ooo Ba, Sarlat, Mister Dave, Madelyn, Sammy, Rio Con Brio, Ben J Man, Switch-a-Roo
Personnel: John Stein (guitar), Larry Goldings (piano & organ), Bill Thompson (flute, alto & tenor saxophone), Keala Kaumeheiwa (bass), Greg Conroy (drums)
Record Label: Jardis Music