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John Stein: Hi Fly

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Veteran Boston-based guitarist John Stein sails through this set of standards with rhythmic assuredness and a pleasing, warm-toned single-note attack that blends well with his quartet. Accompanied once again by stalwart bassist John Lockwood and dynamic drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario (affectionately known as “the Elvin Jones of Brazil”), along with keyboard wiz and current Berklee student Jake Sherman, Stein shows a mature, sophisticated approach on a swinging romp through “Speak Low.” Nazario provides sensitive, swinging brushwork on Stein’s buoyant “Skippin,'” then puts a brisk samba groove beneath a fresh take on Randy Weston’s “Hi Fly,” underscored by Sherman’s rich organ work.

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