Vittorio Lo Conte | CD Review

Doc Stewart

Here is a translation of a Latin review of my CD Code Blue! 

By Vittorio Lo Conte from  Music Zoom

The back cover of this disc and the inside are two photos that show Doc Stewart very funny and a nice nurse trying to revive a saxophone. Saxophonist, as stated on its website, is not only an instrumentalist of occupation but also a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in the US and from time to time is devoted to music, besides being one of the famous historical links Cannonball Adderley. Before becoming a doctor Stewart was a professional alto saxophone and until now has not lost any of his talent, as evidenced by the solos on the disc in front of the Big Band Resuscitation composed for the occasion by his former colleagues, professionals all around the United States or in the recording studio. The theme of the album is emergency medicine, that the Code Blue! and the title passes to the first four titles form a suite. Then follow their own compositions or taken by the great heritage of modern jazz, there is also a Song My Lady Sings written by Charles Lloyd, the famous tenor saxophonist under the ECM. There are plenty of standards, there is about a beautiful execution of Bohemia After Dark by Oscar Pettiford, re-arranged by Tom Kubis, the “writer” behind the big band.

The overwhelming leader’s solos, the rhythm driven by a fantastic drummer Steve Moretti, and the double bass and electric bass Kevin Axt makes the music vibrant, challenging, driven at speeds unheard of to impress the audience. Doc Stewart is obviously inspired by Cannonball Adderley, his sound on alto sax and technique is typical of the bebop era. Listening to him no one would think that it is only a second activity behind the hospital made of night shifts and emergency calls. The big band works well, sections of the winds do their job great, especially when it comes to songs from the assets of that jazz propagated by Cannonball: Here are The Sticks Adderley and Bobby Timmons Dis Here we report the old days when l’appassionato saxophone leader seems to have lung endless. There is also a bossa, Patty’s Bossa written by the leader, as proof of its technical-executive on other types of rhythms. The overall result is a great record that puts in a good mood, in which only a second after listening you can admire the technical skill of the leader and big band.

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