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Stonephace - Stonephace



Stonephace
Stonephace - Stonephace
(CD/4 track LP+CD) Tru Thoughts TRUCD186/TRULP186z, 2009-05-05

Imagine if you started with one of the UK’s most celebrated and bankable jazz saxophonists and frontline musical innovators, and he wrote all the music, which he then fed to a hungry young producer, who happened to be the Cornish rave scene’s most wanted - from way back when raves were raves – (surely the saxophonist’s sonic nemesis, on paper at least); and then, once he got the sound all nice and filthy, like nothing you’d heard before – especially not from a consummate jazz veteran - the guitarist from one of the UK’s most famous and acclaimed bands came along and added his own Midas touch.

If you did all that, crossed your fingers and hoped for a huge bestowal of je ne sais quoi, you would be on your way to creating your very own Stonephace, whose self titled debut features some of the best live musicians around, including main man, veteran jazz dissident Larry Stabbins on sax, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and bassist Jim Barr, with a guest turn from Dizzy Gillespie collaborator Guy Barker on trumpet. The dirty hip hop/breaks production aesthetic comes care of your Cornish sonic alchemist Krzysztof Oktalski, binding together electronica, jazz pedigree, indie credentials, and a big swoosh of psychedelia in a Madlib-esque genre brawl.


Stonephace
Stonephace - Stonephace
(CD/4 track LP+CD) Tru Thoughts TRUCD186/TRULP186z, 2009-05-05

Tracklisting CD :
01. Wedgehead Gets Lucky 6:10
02. Twin Earth 0:17
03. Yellow Brick Road 7:20
04. Rotor 4:07
05. Contextual Meaning 0:32
06. Five Miles High 6:05
07. The Last Myth Of The Given 0:15
08. White Queen Psychology 5:55
09. Levels And Degrees Of Light 7:39
10. Essays For Alice 1:30
11. Stonephace 9:50

Tracklisting LP :
A1. Wedgehead Gets Lucky 6:10
A2. Five Miles High 6:05
B1. Rotor 4:07
B2. Yellow Brick Road 7:20

Note : LP version is 4-track 500-numbered vinyl with full album CD insert

Larry Stabbins - Saxes, flutes, acid organs, etc
Adrian Utley - Guitarnoise
Jim Barr - Bottom End
Helm DeVegas - Keys & Rhythm Guitar
Krzysztof Oktalski - Beats & Noise

Links :
myspace.com/stonephace1
tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/stonephace


Press Release :
Imagine if you started with one of the UK's most celebrated and bankable jazz saxophonists and frontline musical innovators, and he wrote all the music, which he then fed to a hungry young producer, who happened to be the Cornish rave scene's most wanted - from way back when raves were raves – (surely the saxophonist's sonic nemesis, on paper at least); and then, once he got the sound all nice and filthy, like nothing you'd heard before – especially not from a consummate jazz veteran - the guitarist from one of the UK's most famous and acclaimed bands came along and added his own Midas touch.

If you did all that, crossed your fingers and hoped for a huge bestowal of je ne sais quoi, you would be on your way to creating your very own Stonephace, whose self titled debut features some of the best live musicians around, including main man, veteran jazz dissident Larry Stabbins on sax, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and bassist Jim Barr, with a guest turn from Dizzy Gillespie collaborator Guy Barker on trumpet. The dirty hip hop/breaks production aesthetic comes care of your Cornish sonic alchemist Krzysztof Oktalski, binding together electronica, jazz pedigree, indie credentials, and a big swoosh of psychedelia in a Madlib-esque genre brawl.

Larry Stabbins, co-founder of the enormously influential band Working Week, reached number 23 in the UK album charts with their 1985 debut 'Working Nights' and went on to enjoy worldwide success over the next decade, gracing the pages of NME, Melody Maker, The Wire et al, and inspiring a jaded generation to get up and dance. As a deeply involved, longtime supporter of the anti-apartheid movement, other highlights of Stabbins' illustrious career include performing to over 250,000 people at the anti racism festival, Touche Pas à Mon Pote in Paris, 1985; and more recently in 2008, even Amy Winehouse singing all over his sax solo could not temper the euphoric experience of playing in Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert. He also joined Robert Wyatt onstage for Last Will and Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story in 2004.

Initially the baby of Stabbins and Oktalski, 'Stonephace' came together over a lengthy period in the wilds of Cornwall. Adrian Utley, who had collaborated with Stabbins before, on hearing the music announced his enthusiasm to play on it, and fitted the sessions around the recording of Portishead's 'Third'. Playing almost everything first take – notably his stunning solo on “White Queen Psychology” – Utley's input added another level of noise and vitality, and a link between the weirdy electronics and jazz sensibility. From the New York club-land gogo glitz of the opener, “Wedgehead Gets Lucky”, to the fuzzy organ riffage, heavy-ass hip hop drums and general craziness of the epic final installment - via spacey 7/4 time signatures and 15 second bursts of drum 'n' bass semantics – 'Stonephace' creates a unique universe and invites you to come and visit. The Stonephace live show features Stabbins on sax, Utley on guitar, local Cornish hero Helm DeVegas on keys and Oktalski with the down and dirty drums on vinyl and laptop, all bathed in visuals from VJ Stella Marina.
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cornishray cornishray ·  08 March 2009, 02:13

Well, Well, Well, What can one say. I was lucky enough to attend Stonephace's first outing. It was at The Tolmen Centre in Middle Earth or otherwise known as Constantine Cornwall. It seemed like a sell out, I couldn't see any seats left.

Here I am a sixty year old, who has always been deep into music and been on stage as a DJ with many top artist. I thought I had experienced everything, from James Brown to Arthur Brown, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane, Neil Diamond, Jackson Five,(most Motown and Reggae artists) Hawkwind, Genesis, first gig of The Jam, Slade, T Rex, I could go on and on name dropping. Yeah I was there and in the middle of it all, use to have a Soul and Motown show on Free Radio Britian. So yep I been around the block a few times.

But nothing could of prepared me for Friday night. First on stage were a very versatile group from London called The Moon Music Orchestra, ha! memories of me "Flower Power" days. I believed I had more than my ten quids worth of high quality entertainment.

But then the second band.... the gig was seen as a double "A" sider gig.

The stage was dark, with four silhouetted figures by the name of "Stonephase". From back stage afterwards I got some details of who they were.

Stonephace consists of saxophonist and flutest Larry Stabbins, who I remember from a sixties group called Working Week, they had a top 30 album. Must see if I still got it, could be worth a bomb on Ebay:-) Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, well I'm sure we all know a lot about Adrians work and Portishead, their last album hitting number one in UK and USA plus a lot of places around the world.

Two new boys, well I say new, both have some pedigree local Cornish hero Helm DeVegas on keyboards, who is well know for his work with a number of local groups and especially "Little Wonder". I have seen Little Wonder a couple of times and really enjoyed them. But I didn't realise this is the same guy in Stonephace, except for the haircut (if you see him then you will know what I mean) and then there is Krzysztof Oktalski, found out he was one of those who entertained many with those great days of RAVES. Also has great knowledge of Motown and Northern Soul.

With such artist no wonder it was such an experience, because that is what it was an whole round experience. For not only the creation of a sound that does not fit into a genre, because it is a full spectrum of sound.

The show started and we were not just entertained and taken on a journey through sound, but also some awsome back projection created by VJ Stella Marina.

I can see Stonephace being the biggest thing to come out of Cornwall since the days of Trevithick. I shall be scanning the website and blogs to see when the next gig takes place. I here Giles Patterson from Radio One has already played a track and on Radio Three Jazz programme has also picked it up.

I have never been into jazz, but a mixture of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Techno, Dub, D'n'B, Beats all fussed togther as so fired me up, that hey! I'm going for second life. Just gimme some of that Old Stonephace Music. A stunning show, fantastic music 100 out 100. Just wish I didn't have to sit down... it's hard to keep still with such rhythms.... I could of danced all night to such tunes.


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