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Bill Stewart: Band Menu (self-released)

For his 11th release, drummer/composer Bill Stewart joins tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and bassist Larry Grenadier on the ironically titled Band Menu. The literal menu listed on the CD’s inner sleeve offers such dishes as “Hand Rolled Drum Rug with Perspiration Reduction,” “Pickled Jazz Stalwart,” and “Pay Your Dues Fondue.” Stewart is both a … Read More “Bill Stewart: Band Menu (self-released)”

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Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Toy Tunes (Pirouet)

Twenty-seven years is an extraordinarily long time for any jazz outfit to stay together, and for organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart, it’s been time well spent. Toy Tunes, the trio’s 12th album, presents a band that has managed to hone its personal organ-trio language without stepping too far away from … Read More “Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Toy Tunes (Pirouet)”

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Bill Stewart: Space Squid

Bill Stewart is the furthest thing from a basher. His taste and intelligence and counterintuitive relationships to time have made him a favorite drummer of people like John Scofield and Pat Metheny. In press notes, the genesis of Space Squid is described: “Stewart had some new compositions that he wanted to record.” Such a motivation … Read More “Bill Stewart: Space Squid”

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