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Monday, July 24, 2006

New CD by John Stetch

Jazz pianist John Stetch has a new CD out called 'Bruxin'' (Justin Time Records) and there's a brief review of it here.

A Canadian by birth ... Stetch paid tribute to his Ukrainian roots with 'Ukrainianism' in 2002 and a solo piano recording of the Thelonious Monk canon with 'Exponetially Monk' in 2004.

Now based in Ithaca, N.Y., Stetch returns to a trio format with Rodney Green on drums and the thoughtful Sean Smith on bass. ... Stetch, who composed these 11 tunes, creates a cliche-free zone in which surprise and adventure rule. He's almost too creative for his own good, although 'The Girl In The Hemp Shirt' is as winsome a jazz tune as you're likely to encounter."

The review says that Stetch is "a cat worthy of wider recognition." Based on the music of his that I have heard, courtesy the personal collection of a friend and former co-host, I'd certainly agree.

And Nash Holos would be more than happy to help widen his recognition, once a promo copy of the CD arrives.

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