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Dave Stone Trio 4/12/14

Dave Stone Trio 4/12/14 Paul Oryem / Stephen Houldsworth / bobdeboo.net
Written by Wil Wander
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  • Date Recorded: April 12, 2014
  • Artist / Band: Dave Stone Trio
  • Hosting Show: In the Middle of the Night
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

With whisper and a hum, the saxophone-led Dave Stone Trio embodies the modern legacy of straight ahead jazz in St. Louis.

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Stone spent many of his earliest years moving around as part of a military family, but from age seven he found a lifelong love of music that could join him in whatever place he temporarily called home. He journeyed across the musical world as quickly as he moved geographically, playing piano, trumpet and nearly anything he could get his hands on before becoming enamored with the reed instruments.

After attending Webster University here in St. Louis, he became more rooted and he's been a prized member of the local jazz scene for more than two decades. While carrying a reputation for being a wildly experimental and avant-garde noisesmith at times, Stone and his Trio approach jazz with a straight ahead style and traditional skills, appeasing even the least adventurous critics. Negating any doubt of their status, they have been awarded "Best Jazz Group" by the Riverfront Times five times.

Supported by a classic arrangement of walking bass lines by Bob DeBoo, and strolling drum rhythms by Kyle Honeycutt, Stone's sax took the session on a highly improvisational voyage. With the saxophone at the helm of the melody and much of the lead, each song allowed the accompanying musicians solos of their own, often quite smooth and modest, with attention to finesse over any zealous attempts to show off. With the gentlest touch, the Dave Stone Trio offers a set that is both passive enough to create a serene atmosphere and with enough active skill to appease the keenest of listeners.

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