by C. Michael Bailey
New York City guitarist and composer Stew Cutler began his professional career at 19-years old with ZZ Hill. The easy, downhome groove of Hill's blues stuck with the young Cutler and after time away, he carried them back to New York City, refined and polished. Cutler's musical facility was equally refined and polished. On his present recording, So Many Streams could be a functional metaphor for all of the rich tributaries informing his music. Over 10 songs, ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Guitarist Stew Cutler is a man of ideas. He shapes them in various forms and brings in a wide range of styles. With his compositions fanning a broad base, he can indulge in the many sides his music takes from jazz and blues to avant-garde. The last shows his most adventurous side.
Cutler shows his considerable technique on this live recording from November, 2004. The trio begins with Left Behind and Mourning Dance. Both are free of structure and flow, ...read more