Monday, 18 January 2010

Bill Stewart ''Snide Remarks''

Bill Stewart

''Snide Remarks''
( Blue Note Records, 1995 )
Catalog # 32489

1. Snide Remarks
2. Soul's Harbor
3. Mayberry
4. 7.5
5. Shadow of the Spire
6. Crosstalk
7. Space Acres
8. Fred and Ginger
9. 4:30 A.M.

Personnel & Credits:
David Baker Engineer
Bob Belden Producer
Bill Carrothers Piano
John Ephland Liner Notes
Larry Grenadier Bass
Eddie Henderson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joe Lovano Sax (Tenor)
Bill Stewart Arranger, Composer, Drums, Producer

Drummer Bill Stewart, best-known for his association with John Scofield, had a very impressive recording debut as a leader with Snide Remarks in 1995, a date featuring Scofield and Joe Lovano. Stewart first started on drums when he was seven and from an early age he listened steadily to jazz. At William Patterson College during 1986-1988, Stewart studied with Dave Samuels, Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid, and Joe Lovano. He made his first recording with tenor man Scott Kreitzer, cut a pair of best-selling albums with Maceo Parker, freelanced a bit, and then spent five years with Scofield's band. Telepathy appeared in 1997.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Drummer Bill Stewart, formerly with John Scofield, composed all nine selections on his Blue Note disc. Rhythmically they are generally quite tricky with "Fred and Ginger" in 5/4 time and "7.5" not named after an earthquake but the fact that each chorus is 72 bars long (or in 30/4 time). The weak point to this music is that Stewart, though expert at setting moods (which range from hyper to melancholy), is not a gifted melodist; certainly none of the themes on this set could be considered memorable. However it is the strong musicianship and solowork (particularly by the great tenor Joe Lovano and trumpeter Eddie Henderson) that make this a worthy set. Stewart's quirky modern mainstream structures really challenge the players and they prove up to the task.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Andy's note:
Blue Notes off cassette tape marked DJ promotion copy only.

By Andy


Anonymous said...

no pw required

HotBeatJazz said...

Thanks for this "hard to find"

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