Stone Alliance - S/T LP
(PM, 1976 - Tidal Waves Music, 2016)
“Stone Alliance, engineered by Jan Hammer, takes afro-cuban, jazz/funk and r&b compositions and provides a mid 1970’s jazz power trio rendering for them. It was originally released on P.M. Records in 1976 – just before some jazz fusion stuff started to hit an expiration date. Name checked by The Beastie Boys in Root Down and sampled by “golden era” hip-hop legends Showbiz and A.G. and Leaders of The New School, “Sweetie Pie” is that jazz/funk gem that stays respectable amongst beat heads and first time listeners.
“Creepin'”, a 1974 moody Stevie Wonder classic, is covered here with a sensibility that never veers into the cheap or unpleasant department. Grossman, who was Wayne Shorter’s replacement in Miles Davis jazz-fusion band, executes an informed reading of the song. Trust. It is real hard work to improve upon an original that included the T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer, Minnie Riperton singing background vocals and the harmonica work of Mr. Wonder. Stone Alliance cooks things down to it’s spiritual essence with the conversational dialogue between the congas and bass throughout.” - John-Paul Shiver for Music Is My Sanctuary