One of those rare records that almost insidiously creeps its way into the subconscious
From its inception in 2001, Scenes has added a distinctive voice to the classic guitar trio lexicon through the creative group aesthetic applied by guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. For their latest release, the trio presents a set of compelling originals as they also explore varying sonic textures with Stowell's use of nylon string guitar, and even the fretless-guitar on the closing track. Johnson introduces his singular approach to the electric bass on several cuts as an alternative to the acoustic bass. With a stirring intent, the harmonic and rhythmically unfettered world of Rinnova unfolds to each listener at a unique pace, always challenging, and always delighting.
"...at times reminscent of guitarist John Abercrombie's trio, but more in its aesthetic than any direct stylistic reference." - All About Jazz
1. Chariots for Anthony 9:51
2. Ambleside 5:04
3. Behind the Scenes 7:19
4. Leviathan 8:04
5. Art of Falling 5:15
6. Fun With Fruit 5:12
7. Virtual 52nd Street 5:20
8. Little Church 4:40
9. Laughing River 10:00
10. Clues 8:23
JOHN STOWELL - guitars
JEFF JOHNSON - basses
JOHN BISHOP - drums
Produced by SCENES
Recorded at Two Sticks Studio, Seattle, WA
on September 2, 2009
Recorded & mixed by DON GUNN
Mixed at The Office, Seattle, WA
Mastered by MARK GUENTHER, Seattle Disc Mastering
Cover photo by MARC FISCHER
Band photos by CHAD McCULLOUGH
Cover design by JOHN BISHOP
Oregon Jazz Scene (Kyle O\'Brien)
John Stowell, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop have been playing together as Scenes for nearly a decade, and the group continues to evolve and develop as a trio rather than a collection of players. It's not about showcasing one instrument or even one sound. Their work is reminiscent of the fusion of the '70s and early '80s, like that done by Mike St ...
Cadence (Stuart Kremsky)
Considerably absorbing is the second album by a trio of guitarist Stowell, bassist Johnson, and drummer Bishop. They've been gigging as a unit for over nine years, and their rapport has reached an enviable tightness. Dynamically astute and rhythmically sensitive, this is very satisfying music, the kind of interactive Jazz that doesn't hit you over ...
Jazz Review (Thomas R. Erdmann)
Scenes is a jazz guitar trio including John Stowell on guitar, Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums. They've been playing and recording together for over nine years. This is their third recording on Origin Records. Each of these veteran musicians has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz. Stowell's career includes thirty years ...
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
The trio Scenes, consisting of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop, had been working together for nearly a decade by the time of their second recording session. Johnson and Bishop are very familiar from working with one another in pianist Hal Galper's trio as well, while Stowell is a refreshing change from guitaris ...