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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Basement Blues

Following this West Coast ensemble’s two widely acclaimed recordings, Shot Through With Beauty and Live Beauty, Basement Blues may seem a departure, in tone and tack. But as “Stowell in Heart” and other highlights here warmly illustrate, Basement Blues is similarly riddled with charms, to say nothing of its soulful allure and conversational postbop gambits. … Read More “John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Basement Blues”

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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty

Anyone who has enjoyed previous collaborations by guitarist John Stowell and saxophonist Michael Zilber will be delighted to discover that nothing gets lost in the transition from studio to stage on this 2012 concert recording. It’s an intimate quartet affair, marked by the kind of soulful, instinctual interplay that fans have come to expect. In … Read More “John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty”

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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Shot Through with Beauty

Fans of John Scofield’s ’90s recordings should find much to enjoy on Shot Through With Beauty, and not merely because the album features a new quartet led by guitarist John Stowell and saxophonist Michael Zilber personalizing two sharply contrasting Scofield compositions, “Wabash III” and “The Beatles.” The former tune boasts an arrangement with twisting harmonized … Read More “John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Shot Through with Beauty”

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