Arch Stanton Quartet | Along for the Ride

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Along for the Ride

by Arch Stanton Quartet

Original jazz compositions in the swinging post-bop club-jazz tradition.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. Along for the Ride
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2. Modest Sleuthing
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3. Watching the Storm Go By
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4. Della Royale
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5. Flying Gurnard
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6. Twilight Curves
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7. Compared to What
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Arch Stanton Quartet, based in upstate New York, is putting a new spin on bop and post-bop jazz, with angular funk and latin grooves, expansive improvisation and inventive original tunes steeped in the post-bop tradition.

"Recorded live, this pianoless group offers up a magnificent seven originals and one classic cover. A highly eclectic CD, the material ranges from straight-ahead harder bop ('Along for the Ride') to more cerebral Monk-flavored rock-tinged fare ('Modest Sleuthing'). 'Della Royale' struts a Cajun-flavor and 'Flying Gurnard' exhibits freer expressive tonalities on which the group shines brilliantly. 'Compared to What' (not the Les McCann-Eddie Harris classic) pounds a heavy beat and 'Estate' ('Summer') is a beautiful rendition that sends it all home."

-Nick Mondello, review of "Along For The Ride" on CDBaby.com

"Songs like the edgy 'Flying Gurnard', worldly 'Footprints', and the misty 'Contemplation' reveal the band has an uncanny chemistry, and a knack for clever, intuitive interpretations as well as smart, original compositions."

-Times Union

"You don't have to re-invent the wheel to do something distinctive in jazz. Instead of emulating Ornette Coleman and blowing the model to smithereens, you can follow Thelonious Monk's example of adding one variable that separates your work from everybody else's. The Arch Stanton Quartet has a pretty stock instrumental format, and they play pretty standard forms of jazz. But it's not what they do that makes Along for the Ride a great debut recording — it's how they do it!"

-J Hunter, review of "Along For The Ride" for nippertown.com


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Nick Mondello

Go Along, It's a Fun Ride!
There’s a tidbit of cinema-related quirk at play with “Along for the Ride” from this quartet of fine Upstate New York performers. You see, there’s no “Arch Stanton” in the oddly named group. It’s a “person’s” name actor Clint Eastwood - himself a well-known jazzer - sees engraved on a tombstone in the classic Western flick, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” That elaborated, there’s plenty “good” in this debut recording, nothing that could be construed as “bad” or “ugly” and certainly great potential on the horizon, partner.

Recorded live, this pianoless group offers up a magnificent seven originals and one classic cover. A highly eclectic CD, the material ranges from straight-ahead harder bop (“Along for the Ride”) to more cerebral Monk-flavored rock-tinged fare (“Modest Sleuthing”). “Delta Royale” struts a Cajun-flavor and “Flying Gurnard” exhibits freer expressive tonalities on which the group shines brilliantly. “Compared to What” (not the Les McCann-Eddie Harris classic) pounds a heavy beat and “Estate” (“Summer”) is a beautiful rendition that sends it all home.

Terry Gordon’s trumpet drives the melodic coach, with guitarist Roger Noyes bridging the melodic charge and offering fine rhythmic underpinnings. Gordon’s well-constructed
solo efforts spin lengthy lines - rarely a hair too long - with shades of all the Masters from Miles to Mangione and Marsalis. His gorgeous sound and approach on “Estate” is superb. Noyes, as others in this group do, performs in and draws experiences from various ensembles. He can blow and octave-ize as funky as they get. Both he and Gordon write with terrific pens. Bassist Chris Macchia and drummer Steven Partyka rustle things along superbly, irrespective of groove.

It is refreshing to see players explore these different sound textures, especially through original material. “Along for the Ride” sets the stage for this high-potential group to continue to explore eclectic compositional and improvisational vistas. It is a highly approachable and enjoyable CD and portends a few dollars more for them. Even Mr. Eastwood might shed cowboy chaps for piano chops and one day join in the fun.