WORK WITH ME
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
JIM SZANTER, FORMER MANAGING EDITOR, DOWNBEAT
Amazingly well integrated; organic . . . if that makes any sense. The group sounds like it has been together for years, and I love Doug's sound and conception on soprano, which I have never heard him play before. The drummer reminds me of Tony Williams in his best Miles days, with that kind of energy and abandon. Great stuff!!!
BOB BROOKMEYER, TROMBONIST | COMPOSER
“The first half of the concert closed with my “Nasty Dance”, a Joe Lovano feature from Mel Lewis days. I am starting there because of the tenor playing of Doug Stone. To even play this piece is hard enough but Doug took it to places I had not imagined—it was virtuoso playing on the highest plane and I frankly don’t know how he managed it. When you “show your ass” to the world, it better be blemish- free—his shone like a baby. His other solo offerings were good too, but this was a performance I won’t forget. I wouldn’t hire him, I’d kidnap him.
DANIEL KUSHNER, ROCHESTER CITY NEWSPAPER
But it was another saxophone-led quartet that may go down as the hidden gem of the entire festival. The Doug Stone Quartet, featuring rapper Josiah Williams, popped and sizzled throughout its second set in the Wilder Room. Stone, a School of the Arts teacher here in Rochester, writes music that’s thoughtful and energetic, and he has surrounded himself with talented musicians who know how to realize his vision.