-- Ed Stone is a doctor. So it's a given that he strives
to help ensure a positive state of being for those who seek him.
He isn't satisfied with providing only that, however. "The
primary motivation is there's a lot of stress in the world,"
of that, it is an additional interest of his to influence a positive
state of mind through a love that goes back to his childhood:
music. "You can listen to it and relax and feel it's upbeat.
Let me give the people therapeutic [relief]."
jazz artist, whose home is Detroit, is currently promoting the
release of King of Hearts, his third such album that combines
vocal and instrumental tracks into a playlist of smooth listening.
first album was in 2001, and I had no experience producing an
album, so I jumped and was lucky to get David Van De Pitte and
he did the strings for two of my [songs]. But it didn't have a
lot of bells and whistles. The third had a more contemporary sound.
What is it I want this time? I want more [upbeat]. I'm thinking
about an album that has a more upbeat, progressive, funky jazz."
Ed Stone continues to breakthrough, one would think personnel
transitions are future likeliness; but Ed refuses to move on from
the men who recorded with him from the beginning. "Al Turner
plays the bass, Mark McGruder plays keyboard, Ron Otis [is on
the drums]. They blend with my writing style and I won't change."
Also part of the tandem is backup vocalist Penny Wells, but if
there was future room for one additional musician of his choice,
"I would say a percussionist [alongside the drums]."
of favorite songs on the new album, "One that flows for me
the most is Moving On. For instrumentals, I like Automatic, because
the horns give it a tight sound."
brought about this lifelong love affair with the guitar?
saw the Beatles on television, saw the girls [screaming], and
went into the basement to look for wood," he recalled of
his intention to build his first guitar, only to receive one bought
by his aunt using food stamps.
father got me into Wes Montgomery at 11," he added, commenting
on when his love of jazz became prominent.
about what pushes him forward in recording such music, Ed replied:
"There's a real mellow quality in the production that I have
to go to my friends to see how to do."
that's hard to know. I've to wait for the inspirations to my songs.
I have to let this life experience work on me to make the lyrics
be inspired in me. In terms of the new album, I'm just waiting
for life to lead me. I'm gonna have three more songs with vocals
on this album."
more information about Ed Stone, visit www.edstonemusic.com
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