• CATALOG /JRCD20029
  • LABEL /Jardis
  • FORMAT /Digital / CD
Portraits and Landscapes recording session | Larry Goldings


A Few Words

John Stein’s Portraits and Landscapes features special guest Larry Goldings. Recorded by Peter Kontrimas, it includes 9 of John’s original tunes as well as the great standard “Moonlight in Vermont.”

Words about the music:

“Each of John’s solos is a clear statement shorn of non-essentials, rooted in the blues and bebop, and played with an immediately identifiable sound in a distinctly contemporary style . . . John is also a composer of tunes that stick in the listener’s memory even as they challenge the band. The music John wrote for this session covers a wide range of jazz styles — bossa nova, boogaloo, hard bop, odd meter, soul jazz . . . Music this honest, this direct, and this lyrical is not easy to make . . . Of course, the true mark of the artistry and craftsmanship of John Stein and his band is that they make it sound easy.”(Ed Hazell, from the liner notes)

John Stein, guitar; Larry Goldings, piano & Hammond organ; Bill Thompson, flute, alto & tenor sax; Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass; and Greg Conroy, drums & percussion.