Label: Whaling City Sound
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.
John Stein: guitar; Phil Grenadier: trumpet, flugelhorn; Fernando Brandao: flute, alto flute, bass flute; John Lockwood: bass; Ze Eduardo Nazario: drums.
Triple Threat: World-class Jazz Musicianship, Composition, and Arranging! The whole here really is greater than the sum of its parts. Catalyzed by John’s compositions, arrangements, and performances, the musicians add layers to the canvases, but take care not to cover the others’ contributions and not to make the art unappealingly dense. The performances here are light and airy; the music is profound, yet enjoyable. The musicians support and challenge one another, and reward the listener with a clear and concise work of art whose components interlock without overlapping.
- Color Tones by Jack Bowers