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Sunday, 2 June, 2013 1:31 PM

Ed Stone's King of Hearts Release Strives to Highlight Personal Evolution

Photo credit: www.edstonemusic.com

The Motor City's own Ed Stone

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- 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," says Stone.

Because 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]."

The guitar-playing 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.

"The 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."

The way 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]."

In terms 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."

So what brought about this lifelong love affair with the guitar?

"I 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.

"My father got me into Wes Montgomery at 11," he added, commenting on when his love of jazz became prominent.

When asked 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."

"But 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."

For more information about Ed Stone, visit www.edstonemusic.com or his Facebook page.

 

 

Album cover credit: Sapphire Music, LLC.

Look for his new album, King of Hearts, in stores now!

 

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