Few things are as attractive as the violin played with a jazz mindset. It’s the definitive instrument of European-derived art music, yet its most expressive qualities are often underutilized in that realm. STNY’s violinist Rob Thomas possesses the same monster chops and gutbucket sensibility as bandmates bassist John Lindberg, guitarist James Emery and guest saxophonist Oliver Lake. I’d say they strike the perfect balance of intellect and emotion, but that would imply that there’s a disconnect between the two. There isn’t.
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