Roland Stonek
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Friday, 04 September 2020 06:07

Turn It On

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Luny Tune Senza Fine  Minor Truth
Peace Groovin on Dr. John One for ST
Rumpelstilzchen Balkan Flood

Erwin Schmidt, Martin Fuss, Wolfgang Pointner and Vladimir Kostadinovic are all masters of their respective instruments in any case and these four musicians have more in common than their jazz expertise: what makes The Organ Champs unbeatable as a quartet is their shared grounding in the blues. Plus that a certain funky vibe always underlies their mellow songs and solos. Their debut recording required no major advance coordination, but they simply counted themselves in and turned it on. “Turn it on” is also the name of the album, which kicks off with a vigorous drumroll! At its epicentre is the earthy, vibrant sound of the Hammond organ, a recurrent feature throughout the history of jazz that gives the music an irresistible tingling warmth. The Organ Champs also like to make forays in the direction of soul jazz and hard bop, with classics by the likes of Horace Silver, Lee Morgan or Larry Young. In their own songs, though, they skilfully bring their wide-ranging influences bang up to date. 

1. Luny Tune - 2. Senza Fine - 3. Minor Truth - 4. Peace - 5. Groovin on Dr. John - 6. One for ST - 7. Way Up North - 8. Why does it have to be so bad - 9. Sonic Boom - 10. Rumpelstilzchen - 11. Balkan Flood - 12. Are You Serious

 
 

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Published in The Organ Champs
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 06:37

Waltz for Jonathan

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Waltz for Jonathan  Boppin` in D-Minor  
Ed`s Blues Go Wes!  Trikonasana 
Savoy Ballroom The Big Band Theory  
Velhos Amigos

The Austrian guitarist Roland Stonek is at home in several styles, like Jazz, Country and Latin. Here he finally presents his first album as a bandleader, of course with his favorite kind of music: Jazz in the tradition of Wes Montgomery. He chose the guitar/organ/drums-format, with Joris Dudli on drums and Erwin Schmidt on the organ and decided – since it is his debut – to expand the trio for this recording by a hornsection consisting of the creme-de-la-creme of Austrian musicians: Daniel Nösig/trumpet, Bernhard Wiesinger/alto sax & flute, Thomas Kugi/tenor & baritone sax and Robert Bachner/trombone. On six of his eight original compositions you can hear them blowing those great horn arrangements written by the gifted Thomas Kugi. These - together with the superb playing of those admirable musicians – add another dimension to his music. 

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Published in Roland Stonek
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:33

Tribe Trio Tracks

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Silent to Strong Wild Coolness  Careful & Curious Sweet Little Devil  
Funny Smart Boy Sage & Singing Good Girl, Mad Girl  Creative Guy 
Wonderful Innocence Jolly, Tough and Tireless 
Feeling Fine Against All Odds The Steady One

These are basically trio versions of all the songs from my former "solo" album "Family Trax", which are dedicated to his people (his tribe). The first production was very precise and with emphasis on the compositions and the many different guitars. Here on these recordings he got the thing more powerful, groovy and vivid by the added drums and bass. It brings up other essences of the characters he describes here. it's an unusual idea indeed to release two different versions of the same material! The musical styles go from Funk and Jazz to Rock and Hip-Hop, but all in his range of taste!
Again he used a lot of different guitars out of his collection to get the right sound to each vision.

 01. Silent to Strong 02. Good Girl, Mad Girl  03. Creative Guy 04. Feeling Fine Against All Odds 05. Funny Smart Boy 06. Sweet Little Devil 07. Wonderful Innocence 08. Careful & Curious 09. The Steady One 10. Jolly, Tough and Tireless11. Wild Coolness 12. Sage & Singing 

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Published in Rens Newland
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R.E.N.E.  M.A.Y.A.  O.W.E.N.  A.S.T.R.I.D.  A.R.N.E.  S.I.E.B.R.E.N. R.O.S.Y.   D.I.E.T.Z.  R.I.V.K.A.  F.E.M.I.   Y.O.U.R.I.  I.S.I.S.

This is a very emotional, interesting and important project by guitar artists Rens Newland
With a very precise composing system he made melody modules, blocks or modules
(how you like to call it), constructed out of the names of the people of his tribe. Additionally he tried to weave their personalities, their characters,
music tastes and moods into the compositions and arrangements.
The musical styles go from Funk and Jazz to Rock and Hip-Hop, but all in his range of taste!
Again he used a lot of different guitars out of his collection to get the right sound to each vision.

 

01. R.E.N.E. - Creative Guy 02. A.S.T.R.I.D. - Feeling Fine Against All Odds 03. A.R.N.E. - The Steady One 04. S.I.E.B.R.E.N. - Funny Smart Boy 05. M.A.Y.A. - Wonderful Innocence 06. O.W.E.N. - Silent to Strong 07. R.O.S.Y. - Careful & Curious 08. D.I.E.T.Z. Jolly, Tough and Tireless 09. R.I.V.K.A. - Sweet Little Devil 10. F.E.M.I. - Good Girl, Mad Girl 11. Y.O.U.R.I. - Wild Coolness 12. .S.I.S. - Sage & Singing 

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Published in Rens Newland
Monday, 29 December 2003 23:00

!Move That Thing

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About Moving

An exciting jazz guitar/groovy rhythm concept, which shows once again the great possibilities of the guitarplayer/composer (with the band „Groovit“, feat. Willi Langer, Christian Lettner, Joris Dudli, Oliver Gattringer, Flip Philipp)

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Published in Rens Newland