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The trio of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop were first heard together on the 2001 release "Scenes" along with tenor saxophonist Rick Mandyck. Now returning as a trio under the name Scenes, they continue their exploration of free flowing yet highly melodic ensemble playing. Their latest album, "Along The Way" is a set of all original music. Touching on burning swing with "Studio City," haunting ballads with "Haiku" and "I Wish," and new country with "When Jasper Grows Up," the trio sculpts an uncompromising yet very accessible soundtrack.

Trapeze

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: All Day Pass; Anomaly; Highwaymen; The Bridge; Pause; House of Ra; The Reckoning; Trapeze

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House of Ra

Featuring the music of Scenes
Duration: 8:48

In 2000, master guitarist John Stowell met with the 8 year-old Seattle trio of drummer John Bishop, bassist Jeff Johnson & saxophonist Rick Mandyck to record the 2001 release "Scenes." Soon after, Mandyck retired his tenor for health reasons and the remaining trio carried on, recording five more albums and performing widely over these 20 years. Mandyck's participation on this session marks the first time he has entered the studio on tenor since that 2000 recording, creating a moving moment for the others as he brings along not only his singular musical voice, but five compositions to inspire the core trio, opening up new pathways of conversation. Whether traversing the tumbling landscape of Mandyck's "The Reckoning," or sliding into Claudine Francois' beautifully hypnotic title track, the eclectic quartet glides toward a known destination while discovering the course in the moment. There is history to guide their impulse, intuition to find their way. "Considerably absorbing...Dynamically astute and rhythmically sensitive, this is very satisfying music..." —Cadence Magazine.
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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rick Mandyck

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rick Mandyck" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 1930's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scenes: Trapeze

Read "Trapeze" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The storyline for the Pacific Northwest-based band Scenes began in 1983, when drummer John Bishop and guitarist John Stowell began playing together in Portland and Seattle. When bassist Jeff Johnson arrived in Seattle in 1989, he began playing a weekly trio gig with Bishop and tenor saxophonist Rick Mandyck. Stowell, already frequently traveling abroad to play ...

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: John Bishop

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: John Bishop" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

Destinations

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: The Mandy Walk; Long Prairie; Solar; Für Heide; Pretty Boy Floyd; T.I.O; Psalm; You And The Night And The Music; Simple Pleasures; Tapioca Time.

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Long Prairie

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2017
Duration: 5:18

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scenes: Destinations

Read "Destinations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are wondrous stories to be found in everything the eye can see, the ear can hear, and the imagination can dream up. Scenes--the trio of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop--has been readily and steadily making that point for more than fifteen years, harnessing natural beauty and concocting chimerical designs that ...

...but not heard

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: C Minor Waltz; Nanti Glow; Fast; Spectrum; Dream; Old Fellow; Swedish Bingo.


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