Monday, August 22, 2016

John Stowell & Michael Zilber Quartet - Basement Blues (2016) ORIGIN RECORDS


"The music here is beautiful, lyrical and thoughtful. Two pros taking care of business!!"

After a decade of collaboration, master guitarist John Stowell and Bay­Area saxophonist Michael Zilber along with the dynamic bass/drum duo of John Shifflet and Jason Lewis, have developed a sound widely hailed as empathetic, intuitive and conversational. For their third Origin release, they offer another set of melodic and reflective modern jazz, drawing equally from modern swing, post-bop and their deep life experiences. " intimate quartet affair, marked by the kind of soulful, instinctual interplay that fans have come to expect." ­ JazzTimes

1 Basement Blues 5:19 (Michael Zilber/BMI) 
2 Nobody Else But Me 5:49 (Jerome Kern) 
3 Stowell in Heart 5:11 (Michael Zilber/BMI) 
4 Stay Right There 5:09 (John Stowell/BMI) 
5 Violin Memory 4:45 (John Stowell/BMI) 
6 Later That Night 5:54 (Lewis­Shifflett­Stowell­Zilber/BMI) 
7 I Wish 4:36 (John Stowell/BMI) 
8 Have Yourself a Vince Guaraldi Xmas 9:41 (Michael Zilber/BMI) 
9 Stowell Mates 8:31 (Michael Zilber/BMI) 
10 Very Early 4:24 (Bill Evans)

John Stowell - Guitars 
Michael Zilber - Saxophones 
John Shifflett - Bass 
Jason Lewis - Drums

Produced by John Stowell & Michael Zilber 
Recorded by Dan Feiszli at Trilogy, San Francisco, and John Schimpf at 25th Street, Oakland, CA 
March, 2012 & March, 2015 
Mixed by Dan Fesizli at What's For Lunch? Recording, El Cerrito, CA 
Cover photos by Eugene Sergeev 
Artist photos by Andy Nozaka 
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Basement Blues