Bill Stewart – Space Squid

There is the tried and true. And there is that which is off the beaten path. Bill Stewart takes the latter approached with Space Squid (Pirouet Records, 2016).

Drummer Bill Stewart is accompanied by Seamus Blake, tenor and soprano saxophones; Bill Carrothers, piano; and Ben Street, bass.

“Paris Lope” was inspired by a mid-day walk from a hotel to a Parisian club for an afternoon of practice before a gig. The mood of the music is such of taking one’s time to get from here to there. You have to go. No sense crying about it. Besides, when you get there, it’s all for the joy of creating music. It’s just that you don’t really get into the journey. Or do you? The pace is slow and unadventurous. However, Blake’s tenor and Carrothers’ piano offer some interesting, if not exciting, diversions along the way.

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