I am pleased to release my third album of original music. A blend of instrumental groove-based jazz and funk, we were fortunate to add trumpeter Farnell Newton (Othership Connection, Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins) to the Quartet.
One of the most versatile musicians in the Pacific Northwest, Farnell regularly sits in with the top groups touring through Portland, sharing the stage with stage with Skerik, Lettuce, Karl Denson, Galactic and the Portland Cello Project. Farnell's contribution to music education is equally impressive and includes founding Jam of the Week, an online community of more than 68,000 musicians that share and encourage personal advancement of the artform.
In addition to Farnell, the album also features the dynamic combo of Mac Brown (guitar), Spencer Finnan (keys), Drew Nelson (bass), and Austin Stewart (drums/composer), and was recorded on April 30, 2017 at Raven Call Studio in Portland, Oregon. All songs were written, recorded and mixed by Austin Stewart. Mastered by Adam Gonsalves, Telegraph Mastering and released by Instrumental Grooves LLC, in December 2018.
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The title track, Bonk, is a reference to a familiar sound around my house. As a father of a 4 year-old and a 2 year-old, it's a regular occurrence to hear the kids take a tumble and "bonk." It's also a reminder that even at a young age, when we have set backs or tough moments, we still naturally get back up and get after it.
I hope you enjoy these tunes!