Born: August 13, 1955 Primary Instrument: Guitar
“one of the finest straight-ahead jazz guitarists on the current NYC jazz scene.”
—Robert Silverstein, MWE3.com
“...This is no-nonsense jazz with a classic dark tone and killer chops.
—Dave Walker, davewalkermusic.com
From his fresh interpretations of jazz standards, to his lyrically evocative originals, Brooklyn-based guitarist Rick Stone is an artist with a clear musical vision. His fluid, full-bodied sound pays homage to the great jazz masters of the past while maintaining a personal style with a contemporary edge.
Rick is a respected teacher at Jazzmobile, BCM, Hofstra and other colleges and has recently launched the educational website jazzguitarlessons.com. His trio performs regularly at the Garage, the Bar Next Door and other NYC venues. In 2010 and 2011 he toured Italy extensively as a guest artist and clinician....
__Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist
Stone's playing combines the economy of Hall with some of the soul of Wes Montgomery, a little of Pat Metheny's lyricism and a deeper, darker-hued tone that brings to mind Pat Martino but with an approach that is more sparing. The result of this blend is an all-encompassing sound that is still fully cognizant of the value of the spaces between the notes . . . is an artist who, with a clear and consistent musical vision that pays homage without losing site of individuality, really ought to record more. He clearly deserves broader recognition
—John Kelman, All About Jazz
...fluid exposition of ideas, mature technique and deep understanding of the material he plays . . . With a purity of tone, understated elegance and economy of execution like Jim Hall at times, Stone wastes no notes, all of them apparently falling into place . . . Samba de Novembro, dazzling in its musical effulgence, contains numerous gems, all of which remaining consistent with Stone's seemingly casual craftsman-like style. . .calls attention to a guitarist who should have been included in the ranks of the top jazz guitarists . . . He certainly deserves repeated listening.
—Don Williamson, JazzReview.com
I find myself transported back to days (& nites) of listening to jazz guitar by guys like Wes Montgomery & Kenny Burrell... but make no mistake, Rick Stone has his own distinctive style, a sound you'll recognize for years to come. . . this gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from us, as well as the PICK of this issue for best jazz guitar.
—Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation
His lyrical lines and imaginative ideas on a mix of originals and hip standards reflect his maturity as an interpreter of great tunes and his mastery as an artistically adept player. His tone is bright and crisp, some would say traditional, and his ideas are fresh.
—David Adler, Just Jazz Guitar
His may not yet be a household name but Rick Stone shows he's worthy of the accolades that have come his way . . . . Subtle swing and a complete grasp of single note playing are strong cards in Rick Stone's deck. Let's hear more from him.
—Jazz Society of Oregon
Rick Stone has a softer tone than Elf but can also swing hard . . . Throughout, Stone puts plenty of feeling into his playing, listens closely to the ideas of his sidemen (and vice versa) and performs a well-rounded program of tasteful and subtle music .
—Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Stone's playing is a bit reminiscent of Kenny Burrell; his tone is warm and clean and the blues never seem to far away from what he is doing.
—Ted Kane, Jazz Review
Rick Stone, Fractals (Jazzand, 2011)
Carol Leven, Between the Lines (Bickeytown, 2010)
Carmelo Leotta and Carol Sudhalter, Carmelo and Carol Remember: The Great Film Music of the Sixties (Geco, 2011)
Mary Ann Hurst, Born Under a Wand'rin' Star (Mary Ann Hurst, 2007)
Rick Stone, Samba de Novembro (Jazzand, 2004)
Al Ashley, These Are Them (Jazzand, 2003)
Carol Sudhalter, It's Time (Carol Sudhalter, 2002)
Carol Sudhalter's Astoria Big Band, Last Train to Astoria (Carol Sudhalter, 2002)
Rick Stone, Steppin' Back (Jazzand, 1995)
Rick Stone, Far East (Jazzand, 1990)
Rick Stone, Blues for Nobody (Jazzand, 1985)
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Over 30 years private and classroom teaching experience. Currently teach jazz guitar at Hofstra University, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, City College and the Jazzmobile Saturday Workshop Program.
Also accepting private students at my Brooklyn studio. During the school year (from September-May) I'm mostly available on Thursdays & Sundays, mornings-early afternoons, but in the summer months I have more flexibility of hours. My basic rate is $75/hour and I offer discounted rates for blocks of four or more pre-paid lessons.
My studio is a few minutes from the "F" Train Church Avenue stop in Brooklyn.