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GUITARIST'S RENDEZVOUS

Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

Read "Steve Herberman,  Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group of musicians from New York, California, and Washington DC. Meet Steve Herberman Steve hails from Washington DC. I met ...

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Rick Stone Trio: Fractals

Read "Fractals" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Rick Stone

Read "Take Five With Rick Stone" reviewed by Rick Stone

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 ...

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Rick Stone: Samba de Novembro

Read "Samba de Novembro" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

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 ...

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Rick Stone: Samba de Novembro

Read "Samba de Novembro" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

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Rick Stone: Samba de Novembro

Read "Samba de Novembro" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...