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John Stein: Color Tones

Read "Color Tones" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Color Tones, his ninth album for Boston's Whaling City Sound label, Kanas City-bred guitarist John Stein has chosen a quintet whose front line includes trumpeter Phil Grenadier and flute specialist Fernando Brandao. All tones considered, it's a splendid idea, as Grenadier and Brandao blend well with Stein's lucent, well-groomed guitar, while bassist John Lockwood and drummer Ze Eduardo Nazario comprise a snug and unflappable rhythm section. Even though everyone in the ensemble is a talented soloist, ...

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John Stein: Hi Fly

Read "Hi Fly" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With HI Fly, renowned jazz guitarist John Stein takes flight, leading his high-flying quartet on another top-flight set. The album is a follow-up to his recent Raising The Roof (Whaling City Sound, 2010), and features new band mate, pianist Jake Sherman, replacing keyboardist Koichi Sato, who appeared on the Stein's last two recordings. Sherman is a student at the Berklee College of Music, where the Stein is an Associate Professor.On this album, Stein navigates the band through five ...

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John Stein: Raising the Roof

Read "Raising the Roof" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Raising the Roof is a hard-swinging and thoroughly enjoyable album by Boston-based guitarist John Stein. Featuring an all-star quartet, with keyboardist Koichi Sato, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario, the group plays together with a sense of cohesion that borders on the realm of ESP. While this level of communication and familiarity is to be expected by world-class jazz musicians such as these, what is surprising is that they were able to play in this fashion with such ...

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John Stein: Encounterpoint

Read "Encounterpoint" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Guitarist John Stein has brought together an all-star ensemble for the album Encounterpoint and these world-class musicians deliver on every tune. The ensemble cast of Koichi Sate, keyboards, John Lockwood, bass, and Ze Eduardo Nazario on drums and percussion are always on top of their game. Whether it be a funk groove, hard swinger or relaxing bossa-nova tune, the energy and interaction are always solid throughout. With a band of this caliber it would hard for anyone to sound less ...

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John Stein: Concerto Internacional de Jazz

Read "Concerto Internacional de Jazz" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You can tell from just one look that Concerto is serious music seriously played by serious musicians. In the cover photo, Stein presents what us folks in the cliché trade would call “a stern visage --and in case you weren't certain of the program, the title informs you directly that this is an international concert of jazz.

Stein recorded Concerto in a São Paolo studio with his touring band during a sold-out tour of Brazil. It is not ...

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John Stein: Concerto Internacional de Jazz

Read "Concerto Internacional de Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella

For this intriguing Brazilian project, guitarist John Stein traveled to São Paulo, where he found ambience and collaborated with a cohesive group of like-minded artists. Together, they interpret standards and originals with intuitive feeling.

Stein, who prefers to keep the session to a basic guitar/bass/drums trio with rotating guests, fills each piece with sensual guitar melodies that flow seamlessly like a Brazilian summer breeze. He explores each melodic reference passionately but gently, pulling substance from the air and ...

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John Stein Trio: Interplay

Read "Interplay" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

On his fifth album as a leader, John Stein eschews original compositions for standards, except for one tune ("Eleanor's Folly"). Picking up some great tunes could be a good idea in itself. But there is ambivalence in his approach. Stein can go out and inject a measure of intensity, or he can keep the cool in and stay laid back, whence he caresses the tunes instead injecting a nice lustful shot and getting them up and riveting.

Stein ...


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