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New Stories: Speakin' Out

Read "Speakin' Out" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of a ground-breaking album in their catalog of jazz, Origin Records reissues Speakin' Out from the Grammy-nominated Seattle-based trio with guest Ernie Watts on saxophones. The trio consisting of pianist Marc Seales, bassist Doug Miller and drummer John Bishop, were instrumental in developing the label's sound but, it was their 2000 and third album as a group that caught fire with saxophonist giant Ernie Watts providing the fuel that propelled the Origin Record name to international ...

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New Stories: Speakin' Out

Read "Speakin' Out" reviewed by Jack Bowers

New Stories is a seasoned piano trio (and a very good one) rendered even more persuasive on Speakin' Out by the singular presence (on five of nine tracks) of renowned saxophone maestro Ernie Watts. The trio itself consists of pianist Marc Seales, bassist Doug Miller and drummer (and Origin Records founder) John Bishop. The wide-selling album, a centerpiece of Origin's catalog since its initial release in 2000, when New Stories was only two years old, has been re-released this year ...

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New Stories: Hope is in the Air

Read "Hope is in the Air" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Seattle-based trio New Stories--with a little help from some friends, and under the producer's baton of trumpeter Don Sickler--has crafted a first rate document to the undersung bop composer/pianist Elmo Hope on Hope is in the Air.Elmo Hope, back in bop's early days, hung with piano legends Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. According to Nellie Monk, he was Thelonious' favorite contemporary composer, though the sound presented here, especially on the up-tempo numbers, seems much closer to Powell's, ...

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New Stories Trio: Speakin' Out

Read "Speakin' Out" reviewed by Jason West

Does the Seattle jazz community-that nebulous amalgamation of big-eared musicians, students and listeners-realize the good fortune that we possess as friendly, backyard neighbors to John Bishop, Doug Miller and Marc Seales: the New Stories Trio? It's a question that is undoubtedly answered with countless nods in the affirmative from those of us who have heard the trio perform with local sax legend Don Lanphere, Grammy-nominated vocalist Mark Murphy, numerous Port Townsend and Earshot festival groups, and Ernie Watts—L.A. saxophone heavyweight ...


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