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Mark Stanley Quartet: Humans

Read "Humans" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Rusting, abandoned cars. Empty urban streets. Dilapidated piers. Dusty, broken-windowed factories and small bars populated by regulars with their shirts-rolled up. Beer, not cocktails. If there is such a thing as garage jazz, the Mark Stanley Quartet’s latest release, Humans , would fit nicely into the category. Working off of nine original compositions, the Mark Stanley Quartet reminds you of the power to be found in good, old-fashioned songwriting. Each of the tunes presents strong, clearly defined ...

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Mark Stanley: Insect Warriors

Read "Insect Warriors" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Now here’s an odd fish: Mark Stanley presents the barest thread of a musical sci-fi thriller about giant insects trying to take over the world. Mahavishnu meets Zappa in Lovecraft’s game room on this highly unusual but interesting endeavor.

The cover art immediately tips us off that this isn’t your ordinary fusion CD. On a comic-book alien landscape, spacesuit-clad caricatures of Dennis Chambers, Mark Egan and other musicians zap and stab these huge mutant bugs in an all-out battle. The ...


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