|"Jazz guitarist Tom Stewart knows a thing or two about smooth song structures, and
displays an elegant, lithe touch on First Time Over. Outside of local scenes, Stewart's
work has garnered attention, and National Public Radio featured the hushed Maybe Next
Time on its All Songs Considered Open Mic series. The album hones and sustains a
subdued groove, through intimate-sounding compositions and a steady juxtaposition of
Stewart's cozy guitar strumming and cymbal-flecked percussion."
- BRIAN ORLOFF, St. Petersburg Times
|"With a musical spectrum that can be fantastic, I feel simplicity is still the best criteria for
jazz music. In today's market of sounds, and the way jazz players create 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 can 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 reverb units that 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 demonstrated in Tom
Stewart's new CD, First Time Over. As soon as you start to play this CD, the atmosphere
creates wonderful sounds of expressionism and creativity. These sounds were "cleansing"
to my ears. Neuenschwander (bass) and Boyadjiev (drums) create a solid background of
flowing color, while Stewart creates the topping on the cake. I was impressed that they had
not used any musical enhancements. The music was exuberant!
"You will find a lot of bands that 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, in 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 jazz adventure. I give it a 4 out of 5 on my jazz-o-meter."
- BRUCE T. BERNARDINI, JazzReview.com
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