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Internationally renowned jazz guitarist John Stein was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri USA where he took up his instrument at an early age. His talent for and love of music ultimately earned him a faculty position at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he is a Professor in the Harmony Department. John Stein is an experienced teacher, clinician, recording artist, and author. John has performed as a leader or a sideman with some of the world's finest jazz acts, and his compositions and performances cover the spectrum of jazz styles. John is a prolific recording artist as a leader, in addition to the contributions he has made to other artists' projects

Watershed

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Rio Escuro; Kobe; Taste of Honey; Brazilian Hug; Mystified; Wally; The Kicker; Waltz New; Cisco; Dreamsville; Charlotte; The Hang.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Stein: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As his eleventh release on the label, Watershed continues the elegant and blissful creative marriage between guitarist John Stein and Whaling City Sound. A good marriage is based in compromise, in accommodating give-and-take, and Stein's give-and-take with this rhythm section of bassist Frank Herzberg, drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario and pianist Daniel Grajew creates beautiful, delightful music. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Al Di Meola, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson and More

Read "Al Di Meola, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we feature guitarist Al Di Meola with music off his 2020 Tribute to The Beatles, Across the Universe. We pay deep respects to the late Richie Cole and honor the spirit of Bootsie Barnes. We continue bringing you jazz in all its current and progressive forms to cope with this COVID-19 world.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Stein: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Jazz guitarist John Stein has produced many recordings throughout his career. Watershed is his fifteenth album and a special one at that, marking his retirement from academics and the beginning of a new chapter in his life. A former professor at Berklee College of Music (his alma mater), Stein is now fully engaged in producing the ...

Wood and Strings

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2017
Track listing: #1 I Remember You; #2 Modinha; #3 Up and at 'Em; #4 Out of Nowhere; #5 Switch-a-roo: #6 Sarlat; #7 Labor of Love; #8 Estaté; #9 Song for Now; #10 But Beautiful; #11 Beatrice; #12 Birks' Works; #13 Till There Was You; #14 When Lights Are Low.

Color Tones

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2017
Track listing: The Commons; Angel Eyes; New Shoes; Five Weeks; Jo Ann; Neck Road; Labor of Love; Ebb and Flow; Four Corners; Salt Marsh Dawn; Wall Stones.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bruce Torff: Down the Line

Read "Down the Line" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago area native, Bruce Torff, leads his second outing on Summit Records, following up on Look Again (2013). Torff is, first and foremost, an academician with three Master Degrees and a PhD from Harvard. He is a professor at Hofstra University and a prolific author, as well an excellent keyboardist and composer. Torff's slim recorded musical ...

Emotion

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2014


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