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Tu

by MIndwalk

"Mindwalk make music for the body and the mind." Robert Silverstein. 20th Century Guitar Magazine
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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2. Big Al
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6. I Got cho' Elly Rigby Right About Chi
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9. She's So Unbelievably Heavy She Has Her Own Area Code
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mindwalk is a "world class" contemporary music ensemble. This five piece group represents a "talent pool of diversity" rarely seen in the industry. From nationally recognized albums, movie scores, jingles, award winning big band compositions to recording engineering and sound design, Mindwalk and it's members deliver musicianship at the highest levels and back it up with instrumental virtuosity. Mindwalk's original music is artfully sprinkled with Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin, Smooth Jazz, and Bebop.

Mindwalk's first album (recorded in Gainesville with former Frank Zappa engineer Mark Pinske and produced by Richy Stano) has made the "PLAYLISTS" of over 50 radio stations nationwide as well as stations in Europe and the Far East.

Mindwalk's live performances are visually captive and musically reflect the experience of opening concerts for such prominent Artists as Spyro Gyra, The Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, Bill Frisell, Jon Secada, Acoustic Alchemy, The Rippingtons, Richard Elliott, Joan Osbourne, BB King, Steve Morse Band, Less Than Jake, Maceo Parker, Eric Darius, Larry Coryell, Pieces Of A Dream, Steve Reid & Bamboo Forest, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kenny Wayne Shepard, The Roots, Sister Hazel, Greg Karukas, Daryle Singeltary, Les Dudek, Pat Travers, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Mindwalk has also performed at many music festivals in Florida including SunFest, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jazzmataz, Disney World/Pleasure Island, the Tampa Tribune's Friday Extra Concert Series, Kissimmee Jazz Festival, Lynx Festival, and Orlando's Sunset Serenade Concert Series and a feature performance at UF's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Gator Growl (80,000 people in attendance).

On MINDWALK's latest release "Tu" (produced by Richy Stano) their evolved musical sound and creative vocal colors are so fresh and musically palatable that "Kings For Carly," from Mindwalk's newly released album, was selected to be featured on the latest compilation CD distributed by the internationally reputable Jazziz Magazine.

THE BAND

RICHY STANO - Guitarist / Composer

Mindwalk's guitarist and main composer Richy Stano grew up in a musical family. He jokes that his father was a professional piano player who got sidetracked in a career of nuclear engineering. "He would come home every day from work and play the piano for a couple of hours," says Stano. "When I was little I just thought everybody's dad did that."

When Stano was four years old, he saw the Beatles on television and that set the hook. The music had a sound and the Beatles had an energy that drew him in. His parents made him do time on the piano to prove that his interest in music was more than a childish whim; he thinks of it as his penance. At six, Stano got his wish, a guitar for Christmas.

Everyone in his family played an instrument, but it was two older cousins that mentored him professionally. "I knew they wouldn't want me around if I didn't know what I was doing. So I practiced to keep up with them, and by the time I was 11 they let me play professional gigs with them," Stano says. Over the next few years, Stano took turns leading his own band, playing the Jersey Shore circuit, and playing with his cousins opening for groups like KISS and Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Stano attended and graduated from Ithaca College in New York while he continued to play regional venues opening for Pure Prairie League back in the day when Vince Gill was a member. After marrying he moved to Tucson and did brief stints at both IBM and First Interstate Bank. It was then he realized corporate life just wasn't his deal. He came up with a 5-year plan that started with a move to California.

Richy Stano worked in Los Angeles for 11 years as an active session musician and served as Staff Instructor at Hollywood's Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Musicians Institute (MI). Wanting to make the most of his time in LA, Stano worked with Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Boney James, Michael Lington, Mike Campbell, Stan Lynch & Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Rick Dees' Rockin' New Years Eve, and the pit band for The Groundlings Improv Comedy Troupe, known for launching names like Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney, and Kathy Griffin, and as a session player which secured him numerous commercial jingles and movie soundtracks.

Stano had laid the groundwork that got him in with Curb Recording Artist Amy Dalley who's released three music videos, five singles. In the six years he's worked with Dalley they've roved the country opening for Toby Keith on his "Unleashed" tour with Rascal Flatts, and played venues ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to Dollywood to Las Vegas. They have also played in festivals all over the country opening for: Rodney Atkins, Carrie Underwood, Clint Black, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Gary Allan, Darryl Worley, Chris Cagle, Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Sawyer Brown, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Buddy Jewel, Sara Evans, Jimmy Wayne, Billy Currington,Trisha Yearwood, Jeff Bates and Diamond Rio just to name a few.

When he's not playing with Amy Dalley, Stano keeps a full schedule. He's an original member of Mindwalk, a contemporary jazz group that's released two CDs and opens for groups like Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, Acoustic Alchemy, The Yellowjackets, The Rippingtons, Jon Secada, BB King, Bill Frisell, Less Than Jake, Steve Morse Band, Steel Pulse, Joan Osbourne, Maceo Parker, Richard Elliott, Larry Coryell, Steve Reid & Bamboo Forest, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Roots, Sister Hazel, Greg Karukas, Daryle Singeltary, Les Dudek, Pat Travers, Aquarium Rescue Unit and Spyro Gyra. He also teaches guitar clinics with National Guitar Workshop and Gretsch Guitars. But music isn't everything. Stano savors time spent with his three kids: his son Kalin, oldest daughter Carly and his youngest daughter Alex. He's written music for all of his kids, but it was his song "Kings for Carly" that was selected by Jazziz Magazine for a compilation CD.

In his career Stano has performed with Bo Diddley, Jimi Tunnel, Dan Toler, Producer/Songwriter Stan Lynch, Chieli Minucci, Bob Welch, Andy Prieboy, All My Children's Alan Dysert, Sister Hazel's Andrew Copeland, Joe Porcaro, and Steve Bailey. As a composer, Stano's film & TV soundtrack credits and commercial jingle credits include: "Problem Child II," "Lobster Man from Mars," "Mr. Belvedere," "On the Television," AT&T, Budweiser, ESPN, CNN, priceline.com, Nickelodeon, Special Olympics, FOX-TV, ABC-TV, CBS-Sports, Pep Boys, Nintendo, Coors Light, USA Today, Cherry Coke, Nissan Trucks, Cox Media, Superior Beer, 3M, Lifetime Network, Target, and Ernst & Young. Stano endorses Steve Klein Custom Electric Guitars, Takamine Acoustic Guitars, D'Addario Guitar Strings, Blankenship Amplification and Sabine electronic tuners and EFX.

Whether it's touring with Amy Dalley, playing with Mindwalk, teaching clinics or private lessons, or any of the other music gigs he's got his fingers into, Stano is happy. "I feel really lucky to be able to make a living at something I love," says Stano.

RICHARD HILTON - Keyboards
ALI CHE'REE - Bass / Vocals
PETER MILES - Drums
DAVID SMADBECK - Keyboards
JERRY EDWARDS - Trombone / EVI solos
SCOTT WILSON - Trumpet / Vocals / EVI solos
GOSIA SOBOLA - Flute / Vocals
TOM HURST - Percussion / Drum solo


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Rick Grant, Editor, First Coast Entertainer Magazine


The Jacksonville Landing continues to draw crowds to Smooth Jazz 97.9 sponsored concerts - last week featuring Mindwalk. It was my second foray in a row to catch the positive vibes happening at what is evolving into Jacksonville’s number one entertainment venue, a hip happening of the highest order. For me, it was a turned-on experience on a warm breezy night on the mighty St. John’s River to catch this electronic wunderkind, Mindwalk, playing to an enthusiastic crowd.
The five piece Mindwalk amalgam of experienced musicians play an eclectic, unclassifiable style of music best described by the band’s name - "Mindwalk." It’s an electronic through the uninhibited vistas of the mind’s expanded musical consciousness, like a trip into the eye of the star, emerging on the other side, like in the celebrated film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In this realm of the free spirited mind walkers, time and space are distorted by music with no boundaries or limited intervals, which has long been a dream of many techno-fusion noodlers. Remarkably, Mindwalk comes very close to capturing the spirit of early electronic music experimenters, such as Tangerine Dream, but with a more definable rhythm structure, and more attention to the sanctity of the melody, which makes Mindwalk more commercially viable and gets them more airplay on the so called "smooth" jazz stations.
Eliminate the word "jazz" and leave the word "smooth." It’s only the music industry marketers that feel compelled to use the ridiculous labels to better define the music in the public’s collective consciousness. Yes, advocate letting the music find its way into the public’s fickle collective consciousness, by offering more eclectic formats on all the radio stations. Indeed, variety formats are blasphemy to the radio programmers, who attempt to match markets with musical niches to sell more advertising. Praise the free market economy, and set the dial on the expanded musical formats, like Smooth Jazz 97.9, that at least gives the listener some variety.
At its Landing show, Mindwalk presented music from its first album and some material off its second titled Tu (or "Two"). Some titles include Kings for Carly, Platinum, and That Puppy Can Hunt. However, in Mindwalk’s case, song titles are ambiguous because its music is more orchestral than defined by simple songs. Its first album is like an electronic overture - in two movements.
Interestingly, in keeping with its Beatles Gone Mad theme of the first album, Mindwalk launched its Moogesque treatment of the Beatles She’s So Heavy, Eleanor Rigby, and Dear Prudence with plenty of room for individual members to solo. The Mindwalkers are: Richy Stano on guitar, Jerry Edwards on trombone, EVI and synthesizer, Ali Che’ree on bass, David Smadbeck on keyboards, and Pete Chmielewski on drums. This type of amalgam sets the stage for music of the future that is not limited by genre categories, and shifts moods and genres within the context of the music itself. There is no reason music has to conform to any set structure, but it does have to groove and catch on with a group consciousness to be successful in a public forum.
In some ways, Mindwalk’s music could be compared to Miles Davis’ experimentation on his latter works, like Bitches Brew. He was definitely unshackling himself from the chains of his jazz roots and bebop malaise, and reaching for new synergy’s of musical forms and sound. Mindwalk put on a dazzling display of electronic wizardry that grooved and won over the Friday night Landing gathering. The Mindwalk concert was another well attended show which have greatly enhanced the Landing’s presence in the downtown development’s big picture.

Michael Schliem, Pop Music Critic, Gainesville Sun


Mindwalk is "definitely among the best of the best in the area.".

Jazziz Magazine

A tight unit with impressive solo chops all around...
MINDWALK, the five-piece, fusion-minded pride of Gainesville, FL is featured on this month's sampler. "Kings for Carly" from the band's second long-player TU!!, finds guitarist/composer Richy Stano and company on familiar ground, intermingling disparate musical elements with a smooth New Age sensibility. A tight unit with impressive solo chops all around, Mindwalk navigates through the nine compositions on TU!! with impressive grace and dexterity. JAZZIZ Magazine

Robert Silverstein

Mindwalk make music for the body and the mind.
Smooth jazz with enough criss-crossings of New Age and jazz rock to classify it as genre busting, Mindwalk make music for the body and the mind. The group’s strong point is Richy Stano’s abilities on guitar as well as his fine songwriting and arranging. There’s kind of a ‘60s sound deep in the groove of their recent CD, called Tu and Stano underscores that with a his own Wes inspired rockin’ version of “Eleanor Rigby”, rearranged here as a fusion date titled “I Got ‘cho Elly Rigby Right About Chi.” As many versions of the song as I’ve heard, Mindwalk’s version is one of best instrumentals of it ever. Mindwalk seals the deal with a truly innovative cover of yet another Beatles epic “I Want You” which he calls, “She’s So Unbelievably Heavy She Has Her Own Area Code.” Adept on his Klein Custom electric guitar and acoustic guitar, Stano receives fine backup from Mindwalk cohorts Ali Che’ree (bass), Richard Hilton (keyboard efx), Pete Chmielewski (drums) and others. Tu is a full blown Smooth Jazz-Rock set worth a listen.