Yeah, I know I went WAY over the 10-20 song, 70 minute limit, but this is a VERY important list. These are the tunes I practiced EVERY day (in this order) for several years from a list given to me by my teacher Ted Dunbar in 1990. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1 Confirmation5:53Charlie ParkerThe Charlie Parker Story2 Donna Lee2:32Charlie Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes3 Four7:14Miles DavisWorkin'4 Little Willie Leaps2:50Charlie Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes5 Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution Of The Groove)7:13Miles DavisMiles Smiles6 Sippin' at Bell's2:21Charlie Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes7 Scrapple From ...read more
Trio recordings hold a special place in jazz. Bass and drums, teaming with a piano or guitar, give the front man the most room for instrumental self expression (saxophone out front is a different matter). Though he may not be the busiest of guitarists in terms of recording, with a good stretch of time between Samba de Novembre (Jazzland, 2004) and Fractals, Rick Stone shines in the format. Teaching at Jazzmobile and Hofstra, and playing regularly around New York City ensure that his chops remain as razor sharp as ever. Stone's approach is decidedly straight-ahead, in the manner ...read more
Meet Rick Stone: I've been teaching and performing in the New York area since 1982 and have had the good fortune to perform with musicians like Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Junior Cook, Ralph Lalama, Dennis Irwin, Vernel Fournier, Eric Alexander, Peter Leitch, Sam Yahel, Mark Elf, Roni Ben-Hur, Peter Bernstein, Matt Wilson, and many, many others. Instrument(s): Guitar and bass (also piano, but just enough to get into trouble) Teachers and/or influences? So many! I was lucky to have teachers who made me learn to read music early on; ...read more
Guitarist Rick Stone brings an interesting history to this recording. A transplanted Ohioan, Stone has been a part of the New York jazz scene for some years now, and his debut recording, Far East with Kenny Barron, was released in '91. It has been a long interval getting back to the recording studio. Rick Stone explains that his other obligations to family, running a studio, writing for guitar publications--and, most importantly, patiently waiting to find and select the music that he wanted for this album--all contributed to the delay. The resulting effort is a well constructed set of ...read more
Guitarist Rick Stone strums into Samba de Novembro 's opener, the title tune, with a clear, crisp, precise sound, joined twenty seconds later by Tardo Hamer's succinct and delicate piano notes--like raindrops into a pond. Up-tempo, fluid, an enticing South American mood. The guitar and piano--tangy versus sweet--bounce off each other nicely; and Matt Wilson, who seems to be sitting in the drummer's seat on everyone's sets these days, weaves subtle and sinuous textures behind it all. An auspicious opening for a straight through marvelous disc. Rodgers and Hart's My Romance" has Stone going trio, showcasing his deft ...read more
With so many guitarists out there mining the Jim Hall approach, it becomes challenging to find distinctive voices. Guitarist Rick Stone is certainly one to watch, but while establishing credibility on the New York scene he records infrequently, making it difficult to gain a foothold in the minds and ears of the listening public. Even more curious is the fact that his new release, Samba de Novembro , was recorded nearly four years ago and is only now seeing the light of day. It's a shame, because Stone is a player who does manage a personal style that is greater ...read more
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