C . D . Stone
Screamin' Blue Orchestra
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"A Master Talent" REAL BLUES MAGAZINE
Something Old , New , Borrowed 'n Blue
Produced by Ron Levy
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Guitarist Carl Stone grew up in Chicago and was deeply affected by blues and jazz traditions from an early age. He cites his early influences as Junior Wells, Red Garland, Big Walter Horton and Joe Pass amongst others. During his early years in Chicago he was a regular at many of the Windy City's blues and jazz clubs while his career followed the path of jazz session guitarist. After 20 years in the studio, Stone decided to return to his blues roots, the hard way - playing out, night after night. It was in a smoky, loud club just north of Boston that he was eventually discovered by legendary Hammond B-3 player, Ron Levy. Levy appears on this disc as part of The Doctor's recording quartet with a rhythm section of Michael Ward and Warren Grant.
SONB'n'B features 11 tracks of small combo, jazzy blues and bluesy surf music led by Stone's guitar. Two tracks feature the vocals of Claudette Bouchard on standards How Long and Just a Little Bit while the rest of the disc is a mix of original and cover instrumentals. The Doctor takes on two Thelonius Monk covers - Misterioso and the closing Well You Needn't. Some might see this as a bold move on a blues disc, but, hey, fellow guitarists - most of Monk's catalog is blues based; there are just a lot of spaces between the notes that need to be handled with care. Inevitably, by playing in this genre, comparisons will be made to Danny Gatton or Ronnie Earl. Suffice to say, STONE is a great guitar player, with his own style and with a good selection of material!!!
REAL BLUES MAGAZINE
DISTRIBUTION: 33 COUNTRIES
PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 2001
This is the first time I've heard guitar master Carl Stone, the Boston-based picker and, as the title suggests, there's a smorgasbord of musical genres and guitar stylings. When you have someone of this caliber being self-indulgent it's an entirely enjoyable experience. Of course, seeing the name Ron Levy as producer/organist and Mudcat Ward on bass right away was a hint of something special as Levy doesn't put his name or reputation on the line unless it's something he respects and has faith in and with Mudcat you just know that the rhythm section is going to work even if the drummer (Warren Grant) is a mystery name. I can now say after repeated listenings that Carl Stone is a guitarist with a special talent and something to say. Instrumental, save for vocals on two tracks, this is a jazzy outing (tunes by Thelonious Monk and Milt Jackson) but with a blues foundation. After a guitar interpretation of Monk's Misterioso we are taken into Rosco Gordon's Just A Little Bit. Stone is a man who obviously is totally consumed by guitar. I wouldn't be surprised to hear of him taking his guitar to bed or spending 10 hours a day practicing. Try to imagine Earl Hooker crossed with Lenny Breau and Grant Green. If Stone was intending on having Something Old... establish his reputation outside Massachusetts he's more than succeeded as far as the guitar slinger persona goes. For all the Ronnie Earl Horvath and Duke Robillard guitar fans out there this is one to get. While I was getting a little worried that things were going to be a little too tame for me, as I prefer lowdown and dirty over technical expertise, Carl redeems himself in my books with an explosive Space blitz followed by a hard edged Well You Needn't. You can expect to hear Carl Stone's name more and more in the future as I'm sure that publications such as Guitar Player and Guitar World will be knocked out by this disc and sending people to Boston to investigate the source of this unique and attention-riveting CD. It's really inappropriate to compare Stone's work with anyone else's as it's too removed from anything I've heard before. Definately one to get if you're a serious guitar freak who can appreciate the jazzier end of the spectrum. 4 bottles for an impressive debut (?) disc from a master talent.
BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
Something Old, New, Borrowed 'n Blue (Sheppard 814815912) marks the first album from Chicago club and Massachusetts studio veteran Carl Stone. Recording with the cream of the Boston area's blues talent, including Michael Mudcat Ward and Hammond maestro Ron Levy, as Dr. Blues and His Screamin' Blue Orchestra, Stone shows a jazz player's depth on tracks by Milt Jackson and Thelonius Monk, but plays equally sophisticated lines on a reading of Leroy Carr's How Long (winkingly referring to Honky Tonk). Originals Half Crazy, Space Blitz, and Half Tilt Boogie display virtuosity tempered by personality and a sense of humor. Bill Jennings looms large; his fans, and lovers of the B-3 jazz style in general, will want to hear this.
Virtuosity tempered by personality and a sense of humor.
Marie credits musical mix -- The Washington Times
September 5, 2002
Marie credits musical mix
By Lisa Rauschart
SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
If you can't get into the KC Jazz Club - after all, the venue only seats about 140 - Blues Alley offers an attractive option.
C. D. STONE and his Screamin' Blue Orchestra will appear Sept. 9.
Think Danny Gatton or Ronnie Earl. There's even a bit of Duke Robillard himself hovering somewhere around the guitar work by Carl Stone.
After 20 years as a first-call player and studio musician, Mr. Stone decided to jettison all the jazz and concentrate on his first love, the blues.
So the accomplished guitar player put together a trio and was soon playing gigs in smoke-filled bars up and down the East Coast. One night he was discovered by legendary Hammond B-3 player Ron Levy, who encouraged him to take things up a notch and put out a CD. The two began working together, and the result was Something Old, New, Borrowed 'n Blue, featuring Mudcat Ward, Warren Grant and Mr. Levy.
Mr. Stone's fascination with the blues began when he was 8, when he heard Louis Armstrong.
I thought there was lightning bolts, he says with a laugh. I went home and announced that I was going to be a musician.
A few years later, he started making his way to the downtown blues and jazz clubs in his native Chicago. It wasn't long before he was sitting in with the band, backing up blues harpist Walter Horton and finding studio work. By the time he made it to Texas, he was heavily involved in avant-garde jazz.
What makes his sound is the fusion of both those styles. Certainly, the jazz isn't all gone. But when you hear Mr. Stone and the band play a set, it may take you a while to realize you are listening to Miles or Monk.
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THE CATALOGUE MAN
Written by John Bates, freelance writer
C. D. STONE & His Screamin' Blue Orchestra - Something Old, New, Borrowed 'n Blue (Sheppard Records 8148159121) Import
11 tracks, 43 minutes 35 seconds
Carl Stone was born and raised in Chicago. The new Boston based guitarist is a Chicago club and Massachusetts studio veteran. The rest of his trio the Screamin' Blue Orchestra is Michael Mudcat Ward (electric & acoustic bass) and Warren Grant (drums).
Something Old, New, Borrowed 'n Blue was recorded live in 2000 during three sessions at Sheppard Studios in Boston, Massachusetts. It was produced by Ron Levy who also adds his trademark Hammond B-3 sound. Stone's debut CD is an all-instrumental release except for Claudette Bouchard's passionate vocals on standards How Long and Just a Little Bit.
With the track selection on Something Old, New, Borrowed 'n Blue, the title tells all. It's small combo, jazzy blues and bluesy surf style music led by Carl Stone's guitar with a lot of nice organ from Ron Levy. Pick of the instrumentals are the brilliant Half Tilt Boogie, William Clarke's Greasy Gravy, Blue Surfer
and Thelonious Monk's Well You Needn't.
Very nice indeed.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA (EUROPE)
Written by Dietmar Hoscher
Translation from original text
C.D. STONE And His Screamin' Blue Orchestra
Something Old, New, Borrowed 'n Blue
3 1/2 Points
Carl Stone, born and raised in Chicago, has had a long and healthy career as a studio session musician in Chicago, Dallas, Boston and New York But like so many he felt the need to be back in the spotlight on stage.
So he remembered Bluesroots and started to work on a live repertoire and reputation. After meeting B3-legend Ron Levy, they started to seriously contemplate the recording of a CD. This debut is now available.
The Screamin' Blue Orchestra is not so much a Big Band, but a lively trio with Ron Levy, Michael Mudcat Ward on bass and Warren Grant on drums. But in the center of attention is Carl Stone. You can find Chicago Blues, Swing, Jazz and a lot more in his stringwork, which undoubtedly has its own original character. Stone loves clear runs and a bright tremolo, which is strongly based in Jazz. The listener is at times reminded of Ronnie Earl. Also the repertoire - aside from two vocal tracks, all instrumentals - has a certain originality. You will find two Thelonious Monk tunes, Misterioso and Well You Needn't. But since Monk's work is strongely based on the Blues, this choice appears to be very consistent and logical. Stone does not put virtuosity into the foreground but his personal feeling, which manifests itself among others in repeating sequences, which are to be seen as a musical signature.
An interesting debut.
...C. D. STONE & His Screamin' Blue Orchestra mix Chicago blues with just enough Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman to create their own identity in the field of bands "swinging" toward the mainstream...
Boston Phoenix Magazine
Here's what the Pro's are sayin'...
Michael Mudcat Ward
...This guy can play some stuff...
"This guy's great!...I love him!" "I WANNA' PRODUCE HIM!!!"
He's a great player...I had fun!
I love this guy - he's crazy, man!
"Virtuosity tempered by personality and a sense of humor." BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
"Earl Hooker crossed with Lenny Breau and Grant Green." REAL BLUES MAGAZINE
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