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Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Ramshackle Serenade

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Few artistic partnerships are as delightfully durable as the trio of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart. These men have often recorded under the moniker of the “Larry Goldings Trio" over the past two-plus decades, but this has never been a band to favor one player over another. Each man has always owned equal shares in this group--demonstrated on strong showings like The Intimacy Of The Blues (Verve, 1991), Moonbird (Palmetto, 1999), and Sweet Science (Palmetto, 2002)--and that hasn't changed. Goldings' name may still come first on this album spine, but it's all for one and ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

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Funk and jazz drummer Bill Stewart brings an unusual format to this effort. The use of piano and Hammond organ completes his trio, with Stewart offering a series of challenging compositions. Incandescence is indeed an appropriate title for the album, as it exudes a glowing-with-heat ambiance.

Stewart's long stretch with guitarist John Scofield's group provides a basis for his heavy funk drumming, and his choice of associates reflects it. Larry Goldings has risen to near the top of today's jazz organists and, in fact, Stewart has been a member of the organist's own group (along with guitarist Peter Bernstein) for ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

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Best known for his work with guitarist John Scofield, drummer Bill Stewart has avoided the straight and narrow in favor of a more exploratory path. Although Stewart's output as a leader has been limited by his various sideman duties, his solo work is consistently inventive, combining idiosyncratic writing with agreeable rhythms.

A tasteful stylist who favors melodious polyrhythms and colorful accents over pyrotechnics, Stewart has been recruited by a number of high profile artists. In addition to Scofield, he has regularly collaborated with Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Maceo Parker, among others. ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

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Sometimes it's the more unusual releases that yield the most pleasant surprises and such is the case with Bill Stewart's Incandescence. The seasoned drummer has been the percussive impetus for saxophonists Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, guitarist John Scofield and one of today's premier B3 organists, Larry Goldings (who appears on this release). Stewart has a number of recordings as a leader, but now has a few tricks up his sleeve with the unusual trio setting of piano, Hammond organ, and drums. Completing the triad is pianist Kevin Hays who is no stranger to forward-thinking music as heard ...

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Bill Stewart: Keynote Speakers; Larry Goldings: Quartet

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Bill Stewart Trio Keynote Speakers Bill Stewart Music 2006

The trio of instruments on Keynote Speakers is quite unconventional, with keyboardists Larry Goldings and Kevin Hays bookending Bill Stewart's drums. On the opening tune, “Good Goat, Goldings sprints on the Hammond and Hays grooves on the electric piano without stepping on each other's notes. Goldings paints with soulful colors on the bluesy “How Long Is Jazz? with Hays comping admirably on piano and Stewart keeping pace on drums. Stewart's cymbal flourishes frame Hays' haunting intro on “Chorale, and when Goldings falls in ...

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Bill Stewart Trio Live at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse

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Bill Stewart Trio Copenhagen Jazzhouse September 22, 2005

At his trio's first gig on their second European tour, Bill Stewart opened the show by telling us how happy he was to be back at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse, “one of the best jazz clubs in the world." Not a bad compliment!

Organist Larry Goldings and pianist Kevin Hays have, just like Bill himself, been involved in many projects on the American jazz, fusion and funk scene. Names like Maceo Parker, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, and James Brown absolutely helps to bring bigger audiences to the gigs. ...

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Bill Stewart Trio: Keynote Speakers

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Drummer Bill Stewart puts out records under his own name all too infrequently. Maybe it's because he's too busy since he first emerged in the late '80s as a sideman for artists like guitarists John Scofield and Pat Metheny, saxophonist Chris Potter, pianists Bill Charlap and Bill Carrothers, and saxophonist/arranger Bob Belden. He's also been a constant musical companion for a fellow Scofield alumnus, keyboardist Larry Goldings, appearing on almost all of Goldings' releases since '91's The Intimacy of the Blues.

It's been eight years since Stewart last released an album--if you discount '98's Think Before You Think, a reissue ...

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Stan Sulzmann/Marc Copland/Larry Grenadier/Bill Stewart: The Jigsaw

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In a move that on first glance seems more aimed at garnering him a broader audience than anything else, British sax legend Stan Sulzmann is teamed with a dream team of American players including pianist Marc Copland, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart for The Jigsaw. But if the grouping smells suspiciously of “session gig," one listen to this outstanding disc is enough to dispel such skepticism. Truth be told, Copland has a relationship with Sulzmann that goes back over twenty-five years, and while Grenadier and Stewart may be newcomers to Sulzmann's distinctive playing and writing style, you'd be ...

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Bill Stewart: Telepathy

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Drummer Bill Stewart has made a name for himself with John Scofield’s band on several excellent recordings including What We Do and Hand Jive,. He has also made great contributions to sessions with Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Maceo Parker. If it sounds to you like he has great range as a drummer, you’re right. Stewart combines the polyrhythmic inventiveness of modern drumming with the taste and groove of funk. He creates fire and drive without volume, always supporting and creating, but never overpowering.

Telepathy is his second date as a leader and it offers further evidence ...



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