... harnessing natural beauty and concocting chimerical designs that extol the virtues of elasticity, mutability, and high-level communication. The Pacific Northwest knows no greater champion of its beyond-words beauty than this outfit.
Over the course of 30 years of friendship and playing music together, much is revealed. Since Scenes' debut recording in 2001, saxophonist Rick Mandyck, guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop always seemed to find new and unique destinations every time in the studio. It as well translated night to night on the bandstand as revealed here on their first live recording. Coming as it did after a year and a half of lockdown and few live performances, there was a palpable sense of connectedness between audience and band, each needing the moment and accepting the unanticipated wash of emotions. The band performs originals from Mandyck, Stowell and Johnson, along with Mandyck's masterful reading of the classic "It's Easy to Remember," and closes with Jim Pepper's well-traveled "Witchi Tai To," derived from a Native American Church healing chant.
1. Tilbury Hill 7:46
2. Trudge 8:37
3. When Jasper Grows Up 8:27
4. Companions 5:26
5. Lonely Blue Angel 7:22
6. Variable Clouds 7:31
7. It's Easy to Remember 5:32
8. Studio City 9:05
9. Witchi Tai To 7:36
(1,2,6) by Rick Mandyck; (3,5) by John Stowell; (4,8) by Jeff Johnson
(7) by Rodgers & Hart; (9) by Jim Pepper (James Gilbert Pepper)
Produced by John Bishop, Jeff Johnson, John Stowell
Recorded by Dave Dysart, live at Town Hall, Seattle, WA
October 29, 2021
Live sound by Moe Provencher
Mixed by Dave Dysart at Bellevue, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean at Dan Dean Pro, Mercer Island, WA
Band photos by Lisa Hagen-Glynn
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Timeless post bop is delivered by the quartet of Rick Mandyk/ts, John Stowell/g, Jeff Johnson/b and John Bishop/dr on this swinging live set at the Town Hall in Seattle Washington. The entire band sounds like they're both inspired and rejuvenated by the end of the COVID lockdown, with everyone sounding celebratory in delivery. Mandyk's tenor smo ...