Norm Stockton | Tea In The Typhoon

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Tea In The Typhoon

by Norm Stockton

The much-anticipated 2nd solo project! Continuing the exhilarating journey that was "Pondering The Sushi", Tea is a 12-tune collection featuring guests Gregg Bissonette, John Patitucci, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Manring, Etienne Mbappe & many others!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. At the Behest of Penelope & 26
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2. Close Reach Home
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3. Sunday Bloody Sunday
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4. Tea In the Typhoon
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5. Runway 19R
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6. ...But I Play One On TV (I'm Not A Fuzoid)
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7. Send In the Clowns
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8. Grace Once More
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9. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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10. Rockefeller Forest
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11. Let Me Not Forget
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12. Eternal Father, Strong To Save (Bonus Track)
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Album Notes
Announcing the release of Norm's much-anticipated 2nd solo project...Tea In The Typhoon!

Featuring stellar guest artists including Gregg Bissonette, John Patitucci, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Manring, Etienne Mbappe and many others, this 12-tune collection takes the next step in the exhilarating musical journey that was Norm's acclaimed Pondering the Sushi solo debut. Eight of the songs are original compositions spanning jazz, fusion, funk, rock, classical and West African influences. Also included are fresh arrangements of U2's classic, "Sunday Bloody Sunday", Sondheim's timeless standard, "Send In The Clowns", and Norm's solo rendition of J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring".

"The making of Tea In The Typhoon was an incredible experience for me. Several of the tune ideas came from audio sketchpads dating back to shortly after the release of Pondering the Sushi back in 2001! Inspiration for others came as recently as early 2009, shortly before production began. It was such a gratifying thing to hear the profoundly gifted players on this project bring the music to life.

Huge thanks to each of you for your interest and support of my music over the years! I'm so grateful and humbled. I hope you enjoy Tea In The Typhoon..." Norm Stockton

Gregg Bissonette
Lincoln Brewster
Keith Felch
Tony Guerrero
Michael Manring
Etienne Mbappe
Rob Mullins
David Owens
John Patitucci
Sachi Patitucci
Rob Rinderer
Kevin Rogers
Larry Williams


Bass Musician Magazine review (Dec. 2009 issue)

Bassist/Clinician Norm Stockton has really outdone himself with "Tea in the Typhoon". Featuring Etienne Mbappe (one of my personal favorite musicians), John Patitucci, Gregg Bissonette and many others, this release is musically mature and full of depth. Although the playing is stellar throughout, it is really the music itself which really shines here. I found so much depth, emotion and musicality here that I can't help but to announce myself Norm's newest fan! I found myself especially drawn to his sparce, but beautiful horn arrangements sprinkled throughout the disc.

John Patitucci lends his beautiful upright work on a few tracks as well as one electric solo. Etienne Mbappe's unmistakable voice is a rich addition to "Grace Once More" and I found myself rewinding Etienne's fretless solo more than once.

Norm's playing takes a 2nd seat to no-one here, either. He quite obviously didn't need to bring other "A-list" bassists on-board, but rather I get the impression it was simply out of respect, reverence and a like-minded musical sympatico. His bass playing, soloing and melodic sense is just wonderful and I look forward to more from him for years to come. Norm seems to me to be an extremely humble and talented musician and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy the music presented here and plan on digging in to this one more than a few times!

Damian Erskine


"Norm Stockton shows on Tea In The Typhoon that killer bass technique and taste aren't mutually exclusive, that you can have lengthy quiet passages on a jazz/fusion album and still be compelling, and that you can have all-star guests like John Patitucci on your album without treating them like a circus freak who's there only to perform tricks. All that, and a killer Stockton groove, awaits anyone who digs bass and loves instrumental music."

--Bryan Beller, Bass Player Magazine


"Norm Stockton's most pivotal musical offering to date - A brilliantly-crafted collection of tunes that showcase his evolution as a powerhouse bassist, composer, and producer. Packed full of Norm's bass pyrotechnics, powerful grooves and captivating melodies, coupled with inspirational performances from top-shelf musicians, 'Tea In The Typhoon' is one of the most seasoned and engaging bass albums that I've had the pleasure of listening to."

Adam Nitti


"Great songs and breathtaking performances - perfect driving music!"

Gerald Veasley


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Vladimir Rodchenkov

What a great and REAL music!
What a great and REAL music! This album is a DIAMOND among the lots of monotonous albums of contemporary jazz and fusion. Let me tell you, Norm Stockton is not only a first-class bass player but also an excellent composer and arranger. My English is not quite good to describe my emotions, but I feel a true spirit in his music! And I'm really glad that I discovered such a brilliant musician.

Edwin R.D.

El mejor disco que he escuchado de jazz contemporaneo!! cuando oí este disco, me dí cuenta de lo que Norm a hecho o a expresado durante los 8 años!! Norm, como siempre a dado unas líneas en el bajo impresionantes, dichoso de un GRAN veterano en el jazz!!!!!
Es muy dificil escoger la mejor cancion! todas estuvieron excelentes! porque hay una prueba del jazz clasico de la era del señor Patitucci y del señor Manring en el fretless! Y hay canciones como ...But I play On TV, que son modernas con un toque de jazz rock!! EXCELENTE DISCO! LO RECOMIENDO PARA LAS PERSONAS QUE LES GUSTA COMPONER!

Henry J. Mioduszewski Jr.

Time for Good Tea!
Norm Stockton's "Tea in the Typhoon" was my first purchase with this artist, and I was pleasantly surprised! Now, not that it's wrong, but with some bassists it's a lot of "chops" and not enough groove-based material for the average listener to grab on to. With this CD, the "chops" we're there, but the music was also compositionally refreshing and emotive; particularly the re-voicing of U-2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday". This work was pleasing, and displayed a reflective depth that begs repeated listenings! Thanks for the music Norm!