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Norm Stockton: Tea in The Typhoon (2010)

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West Coast freelance bassist Norm Stockton describes his instrumental music as, "contemporary jazz, but with wide influences including funk, fusion, rock, West African, and even a bit of classical." Indeed, not to mention an extroverted electric bass style that somehow retains the sheer technical power of Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius
1951 - 1987
bass, electric
without the hubris. Stockton currently plays with the worship band Lincoln Brewster; when not doing that, he is producing various projects in his Orange County, California home base.

Tea in The Typhoon is very much and instrumental collaborative effort between Stockton and a host of his contemporary colleagues that included bassists John Patitucci

John Patitucci
John Patitucci
b.1959
bass
and Etienne Mbappe, pianists Rob Mullins
Rob Mullins
Rob Mullins
b.1958
piano
and Rob Rinderer, drummers Gregg Bissonette and David Owens and trumpeter Larry Williams throughout. With such a lineup, Stockton achieves the near impossible: Tea in The Typhoon remains Stockton's recording, providing him with much compositional and performance space. Stockton is never over the top; he presents his music and playing on an equal footing with his collaborators, without either fading into the background or blinding everyone in the foreground.

Stockton's compositions are firmly contemporary jazz without bleeding into the "adult contemporary" or "smooth jazz" arenas. "At the Behest of Penelope & 26" and the title piece are tautly constructed, angular jazz with snapping rhythm and time. Stockton's keyboard players, Mullins and Rinderer, prove themselves capable in all categories of jazz, even weaving older forms into Stockton's contemporary fabric.

The covers are most provocative. U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is given a dreamy reading, with Larry Williams playing a Tomasz Stanko

Tomasz Stanko
Tomasz Stanko
b.1942
trumpet
-style of introverted trumpet. "Send in the Clowns" highlights Stockton's lyrically driven bass playing and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is a splendid solo piece for Stockton. Airy and tight, Tea in The Typhoon is refreshing for its understated elegance and intelligently-paced swing.


Track Listing: At the Behest of Penelope & 26; Close Reach Home; Sunday Bloody Sunday; Tea In the Typhoon; Runway 19R;...But I Play One On TV (I'm Not A Fuzoid); Send In the Clowns; Grace Once More; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Rockefeller Forest; Let Me Not Forget; Eternal Father, Strong To Save (Bonus Track).

Personnel: Norm Stockton: basses; Gregg Bissonette: drums; Lincoln Brewster: guitar; Keith Felch: saxophones, clarinet; Tony Guerrero: trumpet, flugelhorn; Michael Manring: basses; Etienne Mbappe: basses, vocals; Rob Mullins: keyboards; David Owens: drums, percussion; John Patitucci: basses; Sachi Patitucci: cello; Rob Rinderer: keyboards; Kevin Rogers: guitar; Larry Williams: trumpet, flugelhorn.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Modern Jazz


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