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Album Review

Like many musicians, guitarist Rick Stone's opportunities to record as a leader are sporadic, but he makes the most of them when he gets into the studio. Joined by pianist Tardo Hammer and drummer Matt Wilson (who are both fine leaders in their own right) and bassist Yosuke Inoue, the quartet gels like a band that has regularly worked together. Stone mixes up his program with standards and jazz works by others, along with his own delightful originals, especially the perky opener, "Samba de Novembro." Stone's approach to the guitar is consistently swinging, though he obviously believes in leaving room for his bandmates while also letting the music breathe, such as in his spacious and lovely solo introduction to "My Romance." His subtle "Duck, Duck, Blues!" would have fit right in during the height of the hard bop era. His arrangements of Kenny Werner's tricky "Autumn in Three" and Bill Evans' "Song for Helen" are masterful. Inoue contributed the exotic "West Side Waltz," which opens with a superb bass solo before transforming into a swinging waltz. Hopefully, Rick Stone will not have to wait another decade before recording his next release as a leader. Recommended.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

A fixture on the New York scene since the early '80s, Rick Stone is a respected and talented bop-oriented guitarist. He was originally attracted to jazz after hearing Sonny Stitt play locally. Stone studied at Cuyahoga Community College but was largely self-taught as a jazz player. After graduating from Berklee in 1980, he moved to New York, studied with Barry Harris (1982-1987) and gigged locally. Stone taught at Pace University during 1984-1990 and later at Jazz Mobile. Stone, who has been leading...
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Samba de Novembro, Rick Stone
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Sep 01, 2004

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