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Bill Stewart: Space Squid

Read "Space Squid" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The musicians that appear on Space Squid only played one gig together as a band before recording this music, but the connections were there prior to that performance and studio session. Drummer Bill Stewart's relationship with pianist Bill Carrothers and saxophonist Seamus Blake extends back some two decades. Both men appear on Stewart's Telepathy (Blue Note, 1997), and Stewart has appeared on a number of each of their albums. Bassist Ben Street hasn't been in Stewart's orbit as long as ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

Read "Incandescence" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Funk and jazz drummer Bill Stewart brings an unusual format to this effort. The use of piano and Hammond organ completes his trio, with Stewart offering a series of challenging compositions. Incandescence is indeed an appropriate title for the album, as it exudes a glowing-with-heat ambiance.

Stewart's long stretch with guitarist John Scofield's group provides a basis for his heavy funk drumming, and his choice of associates reflects it. Larry Goldings has risen to near the top of today's jazz ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

Read "Incandescence" reviewed by Troy Collins

Best known for his work with guitarist John Scofield, drummer Bill Stewart has avoided the straight and narrow in favor of a more exploratory path. Although Stewart's output as a leader has been limited by his various sideman duties, his solo work is consistently inventive, combining idiosyncratic writing with agreeable rhythms.

A tasteful stylist who favors melodious polyrhythms and colorful accents over pyrotechnics, Stewart has been recruited by a number of high profile artists. In addition to Scofield, ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

Read "Incandescence" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Sometimes it's the more unusual releases that yield the most pleasant surprises and such is the case with Bill Stewart's Incandescence. The seasoned drummer has been the percussive impetus for saxophonists Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, guitarist John Scofield and one of today's premier B3 organists, Larry Goldings (who appears on this release). Stewart has a number of recordings as a leader, but now has a few tricks up his sleeve with the unusual trio setting of piano, Hammond organ, and ...

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Bill Stewart Trio Live at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse

Read "Bill Stewart Trio Live at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse" reviewed by Annika Westman

Bill Stewart Trio Copenhagen Jazzhouse September 22, 2005

At his trio's first gig on their second European tour, Bill Stewart opened the show by telling us how happy he was to be back at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse, “one of the best jazz clubs in the world." Not a bad compliment!

Organist Larry Goldings and pianist Kevin Hays have, just like Bill himself, been involved in many projects on the American jazz, fusion and funk scene. ...

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Bill Stewart Trio: Keynote Speakers

Read "Keynote Speakers" reviewed by John Kelman

Drummer Bill Stewart puts out records under his own name all too infrequently. Maybe it's because he's too busy since he first emerged in the late '80s as a sideman for artists like guitarists John Scofield and Pat Metheny, saxophonist Chris Potter, pianists Bill Charlap and Bill Carrothers, and saxophonist/arranger Bob Belden. He's also been a constant musical companion for a fellow Scofield alumnus, keyboardist Larry Goldings, appearing on almost all of Goldings' releases since '91's The Intimacy of the ...

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Bill Stewart: Telepathy

Read "Telepathy" reviewed by Rick Bruner

Drummer Bill Stewart has made a name for himself with John Scofield’s band on several excellent recordings including What We Do and Hand Jive,. He has also made great contributions to sessions with Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Maceo Parker. If it sounds to you like he has great range as a drummer, you’re right. Stewart combines the polyrhythmic inventiveness of modern drumming with the taste and groove of funk. He creates fire and drive without volume, ...