The latest endeavor from guitarist, Stew Cutler, is entitled Trio/Live. The CD covers a wide spectrum of styles from blues, jazz, and even veers into the avant-garde.The diverse span of his compositions are an interesting and invigorating mix. Trio/Live (recorded live in November, 2004) features Cutler’s prodigious guitar skills.
On "Left Behind" and "Mourning Dance," the compositions are in a free and unrestrained format that allows Cutler to cut loose−pardon the pun. The sound created is unbridled and moves in an atypical progression, and it is difficult to discern the overall direction. The tune "Spaghetti Western" showcases the vibrant exchanges between Cutler and his fellow musicians: Gene Torres (bassist) and Garry Bruer (drummer). The phrasings played off one another, become a meaningful dialogue that is poignant to the ear; and the drum rhythm is very subtle, offering a soothing foundation for Cutler and Torres to demonstrate their talents. Lastly, on "Yippie-Tai-Yi-Yo," Cutler diverges to a country tune. The melody is endearing and the musicianship has a more laid back feel. The tune is infectious and conjures feelings of nostalgia, as one is swayed by the melody. The musical selections are unusual and at times, foreign to the ear.
The compositions veer from mainstream, easy-listening jazz genres, but for the more eclectic palate, Trio/Live will satiate the appetite.