New Stories

Speakin Out

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Butch Berman, Berman Music

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Add another new chapter to New Stories expanding catalog with their current Origin release Speakin' Out with Ernie Watts - and you'll be assured of a guaranteed best seller.

This Seattle-based trio, consisting of pianist Marc Seales, bassist Doug Miller, and drummer John Bishop, just keeps getting better and better at refining the art. They combine the atmospheric, but laid-back West Coast feel on "A Night in Manhattan," utilize strong originals (which have future standards stamped upon them) and reshape other gems with a kinda different style that you'll have to hear to truly appreciate.

The opening track, "So Near, So Far" virtually defines the term "piano trio." Along with special guest saxophonist Ernie Watts (a match made in jazz heaven, as their liaison captivates on every cut he appears), Marc Seales "Highway Blues" has the quartet firing on all pistons.

These guys were turned on to me by such Seattle stalwarts as Andrienne Wilson and Don Lamphere. Along with Speakin' Out, I also received three other intriguing entries from other talented musicians on this new label which we hope to review in future issues.

New Stories Speakin' Out tells this tale well, and like all other major reads - makes you yearn for the next .. new story.






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