Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

151

John Stein Trio: Interplay

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Guitarist John Stein’s fifth release as a leader carries him through favorite standards such as “Poinciana,” “Darn That Dream,” “Django,” “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and “Bluesette.” With bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, the long time Berklee College of Music faculty member achieves a superb sense of unity. Hand in hand, the threesome waltzes gently through familiar territory and sprinkles fresh additives along the way.

Lockwood’s deep timbre and lustrous tone complement the leader’s guitar throughout the session. His lyrical solos would turn heads in a live performance, because he speaks out with such passion and understanding. Amplified guitar and amplified double bass give the program a smooth texture. Israel’s underlying rhythms achieve the same purpose as his partners: to complement each other with like-minded activity. The drummer’s extended solo on “Poinciana” puts the listener on the edge of his seat: the result of its range of dynamics and depth of textures.

Stein’s spontaneity and Lockwood’s far-reaching tangents carry the session higher and higher. The album’s got to turn out as one of the year’s best. The trio’s combination of superb musicianship and heartfelt passion are precisely what is needed to succeed. Just what the doctor ordered, a few times around the block with Interplay will brighten even the darkest day.


Track Listing: Eleanor

Personnel: John Stein- guitar; John Lockwood- bass; Yoron Isreal- drums.

Title: Interplay | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Azica Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lucas CD/LP/Track Review Lucas
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: January 22, 2018
Read In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording CD/LP/Track Review In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 22, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 22, 2018
Read Not Bound CD/LP/Track Review Not Bound
by Don Phipps
Published: January 22, 2018
Read Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House CD/LP/Track Review Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Journey to a New World CD/LP/Track Review Journey to a New World
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 21, 2018
Read "Do For You?" CD/LP/Track Review Do For You?
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 5, 2017
Read "Moments Captured" CD/LP/Track Review Moments Captured
by Andrew Luhn
Published: May 12, 2017
Read "Ten Billion Versions of Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Ten Billion Versions of Reality
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 30, 2017
Read "Verisimilitude" CD/LP/Track Review Verisimilitude
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 1, 2017
Read "Shades Of Life" CD/LP/Track Review Shades Of Life
by James Nadal
Published: July 18, 2017
Read "Move Upstairs" CD/LP/Track Review Move Upstairs
by James Nadal
Published: May 27, 2017