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