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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Album review: Dean Stockdale Trio - Promise the Moon

Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

In recent (pre-pandemic) times Dean Stockdale has been working from his County Durham base with frequent engagements across the Pennines in the Greater Manchester area. The pianist's new trio album, Promise the Moon, features bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer Abbie Finn, themselves resident in the Land of the Prince Bishops. This self-released recording, comprising four of Stockdale's compositions and five standards, is one of first class musicianship and choice material.   

The first of nine tracks, a delightful take on Henry Mancini's Moon River, cleverly references Stockdale's recording of Charles Mingus' Nostalgia in Times Square (the opening track on the pianist's Origin album from 2017).  Listening to this 2020 CD, review notes consistently read: 'elegant', 'swinging' and 'tasteful'. Indeed, the album's foundation is built upon Stockdale's innate sense of elegant swing, a quality shared by Mick Shoulder and Abbie Finn.  

It would appear Stockdale takes great care with a composition's intro, perhaps thinking about it for some time, reworking and refining ideas until he is ready to take it into the recording studio. The album's title track, Promise the Moon, illustrates the trio's subtle, swinging sensibilities, the contribution of Shoulder and Finn wholly empathetic to the composer's musical vision. Mia's Lullaby follows, and, by accident or design, the placement of the two numbers, one after the other, works well.  

The trio's swinging take on Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away from Me and again on an effective arrangement of On the Sunny Side of the Street are particular highlights, and the closing selection, Witchcraft, with its fleeting echoes of Moon River, make Promise the Moon a fine album. To purchase a copy, visit: www.deanstockdalemusic.com or Bandcamp.                                 

Promise the Moon was recorded at Simpson Street Studios near Rothbury, Northumberland in November 2020. Ian Stephenson recorded, mixed and mastered the album, hats off to Mr S for making such a good job of it. The marvellous cover art is by none other than Mr Dean Stockdale. 
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