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First Time Over by Tom Stewart

With a musical spectrum that could be fantastic, I feel simplicity is still the best criteria for jazz music. In today's market of sounds, and the way jazz creates these sounds, the results are sometimes just too overwhelming. Using our current vast technologies we now have the ability to represent many instruments electronically. This could create a different representation of the total sound. Bands are now using every different kind of gadget in the industry to produce various results..from compressors, which make the sound more defined, to a reverb unit that could make the sound fuller. I was, at one time,using compressors and additives to enhance my bass playing sound. But then I realized I had to find my own style of playing to accomplish what listeners want to hear.

It's nice to go back to where it all started,pure and simple. This was highly demonstrated in Tom Stewart's new CD First Time Over. As soon as you start to play this CD, the atmosphere creates a wonderful sound of expressionism and creativity. These sounds were a 'cleansing' to my ears. Neuenschwander (bass) and Boyadjiev (drummer) create a solid background of flowing color, while Stewart creates the topping of the cake. I was impressed that they had not used any musical enhancements. The music was exuberant!

You will find a lot of bands the have this same clean style. This group however, especially shows an immersion in true color and texture that catches your ears saying, "This is wonderful". The ballads here are delightful, and are in perfect melodic harmony. For example the song Maybe Next Time, Stewart uses great chording. This along with his solos, are second to none. I am very pleased to hear such emotion expressed in this CD.

This is Stewart's forthcoming CD, go buy it! It's like no other sound you will hear throughout your different jazz adventure. I give it a 4 out of 5 on my jazz-o-meter.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tom Stewart
  • CD Title: First Time Over
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Bay Sound Studios
  • Musicians: Tom Stewart: electric guitar, Sava Boyadjiev: drums, Mark Neuenschwander: acoustic bass.
  • Rating: Four Stars
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