Tom Stewart

First Time Over

Personnel: Tom Stewart, guitar; Mark Neuenschwander, acoustic bass; Sava Boyadjiev, drums

Florida Jazz guitarist Tom Stewart has a soon-to-be-released CD entitled First Time Over. The CD contains 12 of his original compositions in the Metheny/Scofield mold and was recorded in one take, live in the studio, with no editing or overdubbing.

The music can best be described as clean, light and relaxing but with plenty of bite. Stewart has an appealing sound and a deft touch at the guitar and gets solid and sensitive support from bassist Mark Neuenschwander and drummer Sava Boyadjiev, whose cymbal work here is particularly impressive.

The CD has been heard on NPR's All Songs Considered Open Mic series and will be available in November 2005.

by Linda Goshay