"Core Business" released - with Louis Stewart (guitar), Egil Kapstad (piano). Terje
Venaas (bass) and Eyvind Olsen (drums).
Louis Stewart is, and has been for some time, a leading jazz guitarist in his style
of playing. The style in mention has its gravitational centre in the be-bop tradition
of playing. His earlier merits include a.o a number of recordings and tours with
George Shearing, and he has also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman, Stephan
Grappelli, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes. He has played with Ruby Braff, Brad Mehldau,
Bill Charlap., Jim Hall, Pat Martino etc. Louis Stewart was appointed to Honorary
Doctor of Music at Trinity University, Dublin in 1998.
He has played in Norway on many occasions, and won the Norwegian Grammy in 1983
with Laila Dalseth . On Villa Records he has earlier contributed on “Good News”
(1986), “Du er så rar” (1988) ,”String Time” (1991) and “Joycenotes” (1993).
On ‘Core Business’ Louis Stewart plays along with some of the best competence
in norwegian jazz. Recording with Egil Kapstad has long been a wishful plan for
Louis, and the reason is obvious when you hear the result of the recording. The
inclusion of two of Louis’ other favourites Terje Venaas and Eyvind Olsen leads
in the most natural way to musicianship based on a mutual respect for a common jazz
tradition. Time is always first priority in this ‘company’, and followingly
it swings from all corners of this CD. Another general item on the agenda are the
slightly prolonged improvisations, offering the musicians a somewhat extended variational
freedom in addition to their interpretation of the melodic material.
The tunes are: I should care, Equinox, Manhattan, Minority, For all we know, Titmouse
blues, Everything happens to me, Gone with the wind, How deep is the ocean, Room
608, I can’t get started/You’ve changed. Playing time is close to 71 minutes , and
the recording was made in Rainbow studios in Oslo on October 4 and 5, 2004