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Stockton Helbing: For Nothing Is Secret

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Stockton Helbing: For Nothing Is Secret

Stockton Helbing's stock is rising. In his second solo effort, For Nothing Is Secret, the Texas-based drummer has not only a recording with pizzazz, but the making of an exciting and crowd-pleasing festival touring unit. As the album's title suggests, his music should not remain secret for long. Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson recognized Helbing's talent early on and called upon him to anchor his ensemble as well as produce his last studio date, just before suddenly passing in August 2006. This album is a dedication to Ferguson, who was his hero and friend.

Other Ferguson Band cohorts join Helbing: trombonist Steve Wiest, reedman Chip McNeill, electric bassist Brian Mulholland and trumpeter Ken Edwards. David Braid and Noel Johnston on piano/Fender Rhodes and guitar respectively, round out this learned bunch.

With plenty of kick, the group builds well on the spirit of Ferguson's music. The strength of this group lies in the close rapport each has to this particularly appealing style. For example, the leader's solid delivery of the oddly accented 16th-note feel of "Shifty drives this thrusting funk right home. And one cannot fail to mention Johnston's solid body guitar workout on "Sco-ing. Borrowing on master guitarist Allan Holdsworth, he spatters fluttering ultra-legato phrases, occasionally throwing in disjunct lines reminiscent of John Scofield's early playing, hence the title.

"System Theory: Reloaded discovers newcomer Matt Wigton's organic musical form; a relaxed head, a Rhodes riff, short improvised interludes, a muscled saxophone solo over a syncopated vamp, a stop time section and a reharmonized ending melody with its counter-melody sustaining interest throughout the static C# Aeolian tonality.

Overall, notwithstanding a few slightly dated-sounding sections, amateurs in dynamic little big band arrangements of rhythm-driven compositions may well appreciate this self-produced disc.

Track Listing: A Certain Amount of Indiscretions; System Theory: Reloaded; If You Could See; For Nothing Is Secret; The Bad in Good; Pwned!; Shifty; Say a Silent Prayer; Sco-ing; Emihl

Personnel: Stockton Helbing: drums, cymbals; Ken Edwards: trumpet, flugelhorn; Chip McNeill: tenor, soprano sax; Steve Wiest: trombone; David Braid: piano, Fender Rhodes; Noel Johnston: guitar; Brian Mulholland: bass.

Title: For Nothing Is Secret | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Armored Records


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