Mello Jello is a super-chill all instrumental guitar album featuring Canadian guitarist Margaret Stowe on guitars and effects.
COOL is the rule in this collection of originals, improvisations and interpretations of familiar tunes, from here and there, with the theme of unstress; a mellow respite for your enjoyment.
MELLO JELLO - CD REVIEW
"It is a subtly enchanting gem of masterly technique infused with a complex and profoundly gentle humanity....pinpoint delicacy that feels perfectly conceived and perfectly placed; if feels uncanny with other-worldly nuance; it is beautiful."
"There is richness of imagination here that takes one through surprising rythmic shifts, placement of notes, tonal variety that teases one's imagination...."
Review by James Strecker, On the Arts, Mayday Magazine.
Margaret writes: "I wanted to make a solo guitar CD and I wanted to make a CD of familiar tunes in response to the many requests I have had. I'm very pleased with this collection. I hope you'll buy it and enjoy it, no matter what you're doing. I suggest getting the physical CD and listening to it as a whole. It works!"
MELLO JELLO TRACKS
1. You Ain't Going Nowhere 3:24 (Bob Dylan) DWARF MUSIC
2. Fool On The Hill 3:16 (John Lennon; Paul McCartney)
3. Dream On A Theme 5:02 (Margaret Stowe)
4. Yellow Jello 3:50 (Margaret Stowe)
5. Catch The Wind 3:02 (Donovan Phillips Leitch)
6. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) 3:08 (Jacques Prevert; Joseph Kosma; John H. Mercer (lyrics)
7. Hallelujah 3:12 (Leonard Cohen)
8. Floating 2:39 (Margaret Stowe)
9. I Only Have Eyes For You 5:18 (Al Dubin; Harry Warren)
10. Savannah 2:50 (Margaret Stowe)
11. Nature Boy 3:51 (Eden Ahbez)
12. School Days 3:34 (Will D. Cobb; Gus Edwards)
13. I Can't Get Started 3:39 (Vernon Duke; Ira Gershwin)
Released 01 September 2009
Produced by Margaret Stowe
Recorded at Ozworld Toronto
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at the "E" Room
Cover photo/Under credits photo: Joel Cooper
Back cover photo, under cd photo: Greg King
Back cover graphic: a representation of
Paint By Numbers No. NA-2450 Sunset Lagoon
Design: Margaret Stowe, Sarah Kennelly
Nature Boy previously released on
Adventures of the Red Guitar;
School Days previously released on Things I Do.
Margaret Stowe, guitars and effects.
(Alesis Micro on Savannah)
All rights reserved.
ABOUT MARGARET STOWE
"Guitarist Margaret Stowe is a constant delight."
Exclaim! Magazine Toronto
"Stowe's departure point is jazz, but her style ranges from folk to blues to world beats, propelled by her trademark high energy and eclectic tastes."
"Most impressive was Margaret Stowe on guitar."
Globe and Mail, Toronto
"It's hard to take your ears and eyes off Stowe. Stowe smokes the lights out on guitar."
”Stowe Excels In Any Style” (feature article) London Free Press
"Stowe jumped into every song with flourish and style."
Toronto guitarist Margaret Stowe has eclectic taste. Her original jazz-based music can better be categorized as “other”, as it encompasses a multi-genre world of influence. She embraces elements of world music, folk, blues, funk and beyond, but always with a jazz sensibility and perspective. It is one thing, original. Though her style is uniquely her own, her influences span the gamut, from Robert Fripp to Keith Jarrett, John Hammond to Jim Hall, Joe Pass, John Scofield, Emily Remler and Laurie Anderson. Her performances can include ambience, free improv, spoken word. She has released 4 albums - THINGS I DO, RESONANCE (originals for 2 guitars with guitarist/Juno-nominated composer Oliver Whitehead), ADVENTURES OF THE RED GUITAR, with esteemed guests including Kathryn Moses, Richard Underhill, Daisy DeBolt and international roots icon Harry Manx, and MELLO JELLO, a solo guitar collection of familiar tunes, originals and improvisations.
Margaret Stowe performs all over Canada and Europe and has performed and recorded with a host of Canadian/International artists. She is listed in the Canadian Encyclopedia of Music under “guitarists of note” and was recently interviewed and performed on both Vallee FM Radio Paris France and Radio Nacional de Espana Madrid.
Read more about Margaret Stowe at www.margaretstowe.com or www.myspace.com/margaretstowe. CDs/Music: music.margaretstowe.com, cdbaby, itunes.