John Stowell / Michael Zilber

Basement Blues

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

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Here's a soothingly swinging album by a quartet lead by saxist Michael Zilber and guitarist John Stowell. Together with John Shifflett/b and Jason/dr they mix a pair of covers with their own well crafted and wide ranging originals.

Zilber's tenor is rich and full on the kinetic read of Bill Evans' "Very Early" while he gets warm and bluesy on the spacious "Violin Memory." He gets a bit fragmented with Stowell on the bopping interpretation "Nobody Else But Me" while the guitarist flows along with Lewis' ride cymbal on "Stowell In Heart." "I Wish" has some acoustic guitar work that is lovingly fragrant, and the rhythm team is nimble on "Later That Night." Excellent interplay all throughout, and the band is able to keep a mood throughout a tune. Impressive.






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