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Rick Stone (Guitar)

“one of the finest straight-ahead jazz guitarists on the current NYC jazz scene.” —Robert Silverstein, MWE3.com “...This is no-nonsense jazz with a classic dark tone and killer chops." —Dave Walker, davewalkermusic.com From his fresh interpretations of jazz standards, to his lyrically evocative originals, Brooklyn-based guitarist Rick Stone is an artist with a clear musical vision. His fluid, full-bodied sound pays homage to the great jazz masters of the past while maintaining a personal style with a contemporary edge. Rick is a respected teacher at Jazzmobile and Hofstra University and has recently launched the educational website jazzguitarlessons.com. His trio performs regularly at the Garage, the Bar Next Door and other NYC venues. He has also toured Italy extensively as a guest artist and clinician. Rick’s most recent CD Fractals with bassist Marco Panascia and drummer Tom Pollard received excellent reviews and significant national airplay making JazzWeek's Top-10 in 2011. Says Tim Fischer in Just Jazz Guitar “Stone comes across as a solid bebop guitarist, updating his harmonic and melodic language to include the developments of the younger generation of New York guitarists. Odd-time modifications to standards, wide-interval exercises, and exotic modal intros are just a few of the more modern devices Stone explores throughout the album.” Rick Stone began playing guitar at age nine in his hometown of Cleveland. He developed an early affinity for the blues, but it was in the mid-seventies that his passion for jazz was sparked after hearing a live performance of saxophonist Sonny Stitt. His musical quest led him to Berklee College of Music and then on to New York where he found a fertile and stimulating environment in Barry Harris’ Jazz Cultural Theatre. While studying with the legendary pianist, Rick honed his craft sitting in alongside veteran players like Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Clarence “C” Sharpe, and Junior Cook. Then, under the tutelage of jazz masters Jimmy Heath, Ted Dunbar, Donald Byrd, Tony Purrone and Hal Galper, he earned his M.A. at Queens College. Soon Rick was developing a reputation in his own right, leading all-star groups with musicians like Kenny Barron, Eric Alexander, Vernel Fournier, Richard Wyands, Ralph Lalama, Dennis Irwin and Billy Hart in performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Smithsonian Institution, The Blue Note and Birdland. His recordings Blues For Nobody, Far East and Samba de Novembro have achieved wide critical acclaim. Writes David Adler in JazzTimes "His custom archtop sounds exquisite .

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"Guitarist Rick Stone's warm, swinging tone and impeccable taste in standards (Monk, Evans, Rodgers & Hart) as well as the consistently high quality of his own compositions make this quartet date a pure pleasure from start to finish . . . Recommended to all jazz collections."

__Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

"Stone's playing combines the economy of Hall with some of the soul of Wes Montgomery, a little of Pat Metheny's lyricism and a deeper, darker-hued tone that brings to mind Pat Martino but with an approach that is more sparing. The result of this blend is an all-encompassing sound that is still fully cognizant of the value of the spaces between the notes . . . is an artist who, with a clear and consistent musical vision that pays homage without losing site of individuality, really ought to record more. He clearly deserves broader recognition"

—John Kelman, All About Jazz

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fractals

Jazzand
2012

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Fractals

Jazzand
2011

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Steppin' Back

Jazzand
1994

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Far East

Jazzand
1991

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Fractals

From: Fractals
By Rick Stone (Guitar)

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