John Stetch’s bold originality, combined with his exceptional talent, presents itself more than positively on his latest release TV Trio, an exciting arrangement of TV theme songs. Not since Bill Evan’s release of "Suicide is Painless (Theme from M.A.S.H.)," and "Someday My Prince Will Come" will listeners be more delighted. This isn’t some corny gimmick to entice record rack browsers to buy his CD, this is serious jazz improvisation at its finest.
Accompanied by Doug Weiss on bass and Rodney Green on drums, Stetch breaks through these TV theme songs with striking fragments of their melody, working through them in terms of their actual structures to create a bit of whimsy, beautiful modulations, swinging stretches and many surprises. It's proof that exemplary jazz can be created beyond selections from the Great American Songbook. In doing so, Stetch ushers in a fresh breath of new sounds from unconventional sources. Five stars all the way!
A Steinway Artist, John Stetch has been featured on NPR’s "Piano Jazz" with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis and "Weekend Edition" with Liane Hansen. With 10 CDs under his belt, including his praised debut trilogy release Ukrainiainsim as "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years (Down Beat)," Stetch stands out as a brilliantly imaginative and superbly talented artist.