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John Stowell

John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970's with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul's son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union


Shaw's Groove

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Organ Grinder; Zoltan; The Moontrane; Katerina Ballerina; Blues for Woody; Obsequious; Jean Marie; Shaw's Groove.


Article: Album Review

John Bishop / Bram Weijters / Piet Verbist: Antwerp

Read "Antwerp" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer John Bishop, the guy who runs Seattle's Origin Records, does not often put out records under his own name. There was Nothing If Not Something (Origin Records) in 2005, review here, and then nothing until the disc at hand, 2023's Antwerp. Not that Bishop has avoided the recording studio. He is, as a sideman, in ...


Article: Liner Notes

Frank Kohl: Pacific

Read "Frank Kohl: Pacific" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

An old adage maintains that New York City is the Jazz capital of the world. While that may still ring true, there are fertile jazz scenes scattered all over the country where plenty of potent players have been flying under the radar. Seattle guitarist Frank Kohl, who has been quietly going about the business of making ...


Article: Album Review

Jason Keiser: Shaw's Groove

Read "Shaw's Groove" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Shaw" in guitarist Jason Keiser's album Shaw's Groove is the late great Woody Shaw, one of the more innovative and influential jazz trumpeters of the twentieth century. Even though he lived only forty-four years (he died in May 1989), Shaw was an important role model whose sweeping influence remains strong to this day, both as ...


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Organ Grinder

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 04:41


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Wayne Shorter Tribute

Read "A Wayne Shorter Tribute" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show is a tribute to Wayne Shorter and touches on his work with Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Weather Report as well as his recordings as a leader. It also includes interpretations of Shorter compositions by other musicians, including Fred Hersch and Terence Blanchard. Playlist The Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till ...


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Spanish Samba (feat. John Stowell)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Duration: 04:43


The Axe Axis

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Africa; Picadilly Lilly; Uncertainty; All the Things You Are; A Fox Trot; Wheeler's Waltz; Peace; Swindlers Sweep; Stella by Starlight; Parrot On My Shoulder; Solar; Gentle Piece.


Variable Clouds: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Tilbury Hill; Trudge; When Jasper Grows Up; Companions; Lonely Blue Angel; Variable Clouds; It's Easy to Remember; Studio City; Witchi Tai To.


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