John Stetch | TV Trio

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TV Trio

by John Stetch

Fun, fresh and swinging versions of TV themes from the 70's and 80's, personalized with creative and virtuosic re-arrangements of unlikely jazz choices such as Star Trek, Love Boat, Six Million Dollar Man, Dallas, The Waltons, Price is Right and more.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. The Waltons
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2. This Is It (Bugs Bunny)
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3. Star Trek
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4:39 $0.99
4. Dallas
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5. Love Boat
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6. The Six Million Dollar Man
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7. Rocky And Bullwinkle
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8. The Mighty Hercules
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9. The Price Is Right
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10. All My Children
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11. The Flintstones
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12. Sanford And Son
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Rarely has anyone used such subject matter in such an engaging manner." - Audiofile Audition

Despite his unusually late start on the piano at age eighteen, (after years of playing clarinet, sax, and flute) John Stetch’s first CD and Juno nomination came only a few years later. After being nominated for 3 more albums, he also won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz festival and placed 2nd in both the Theloniuos Monk International Composer's competition and the Great American Piano Competition. Steinway artist Stetch has performed across Europe, Japan, Israel, Brazil, the Ukraine and USA, and has been steadily receiving acclaim for his virtuosic originality and inventiveness. Stetch has performed with Charlie Haden,Billy Hart,Seamus Blake,Mark Turner,Jeff Ballard,Jorge Rossi, and his sideman work includes being a decade-long member of the Rufus Reid group. Stetch's discography includes a solo piano trilogy which garnered unanimous international praise. As a composer, Stetch has received numerous grants and commissions, and has recently been hired to compose a piece for the CBC Radio Orchestra for their farewell concert after 70 years. With the arrival of his new CD, "TV Trio", Stetch delves into a more recent and somewhat unexpected chapter of the Great American Songbook – TV themes of the 70’s and 80’s. Accompanied by Doug Weiss(bass) and Rodney Green(drums), the trio presents swinging and fun arrangements of such classics as Star Trek,Six Million Dollar Man,The Waltons,Love Boat,Bugs Bunny,The Price is Right,Rocky and Bullwinkle,All My Children,Dallas,and more.

Sample press from past recordings:
Downbeat – “one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years”
Downbeat – “Stetch has a distinctive vision that’s both broad and deep”
Billboard – “exceptional … an exemplary rendering of Monk’s music”
Billboard – “a striking solo piano set”
Jazztimes – “an unlimited imagination, unique harmonic and rhythmic conception, and the digital dexterity to execute any idea he hears”
Jazziz – “a very powerful and truly monumental recording”
All About Jazz NY – “Stetch knows how to turn a classic into a precious treat”
Jazzweek – “masterpiece – an exciting release, with virtuosity and fresh compositions”
Utne Reader – “bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”
Audiophile Audition – “a true virtuoso”
Philadelphia Inquirer – “a light fingered virtuoso”
Philadelphia Inquirer – “Stetch makes a solo session sound like a crowded bandstand”
Newark Star Ledger – “exceptional …his mix of classical and jazz is muscular,and ablaze with two-handed technique … bolsters comet-like phrases”
All About Jazz.com – “a formidable talent with a vast imagination…chops to back it up”
Jazzreview.com – “a formidable pianist with an apparently boundless imagination”
Barnes & Noble.com – “breathtakingly communicates that sense of exhilaration and invites an audience inside the world of the artist and the music”


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Kevin Johnson

A terrific concept album - and a terrific album altogether
Thr trigger for most people (over a certain age) to buy this will be the presence of so many recognizable TV theme songs. But the reason that people will keep listening to it and recommending the CD to their friends is that Stetch and his trio have blended standard theme song fare with a smooth dose of Stetch's signature imaginative contemporary jazz - resulting in a lite, fun and highly listenable album (and one you don't need to be of a certain age to appreciate). The music and the engineering are flawless, and this CD deserves an honored spot in your iPod.

Luc Gauthier

even if you're no tv fan
like me, you'll like this album. It's fresh because most of the themes haven't been played 1000 times before. It's fresh because the musicians have ideas. Good ones I mean, different, creative. It's fresh because they seem to have fun playing this music and so do we. Finally, there is also great sensitivity all over the cd, especially in the ballads. Do yourself a favor: get it.