The Arch Stanton Quartet, based in upstate New York, is putting a new spin on bop and post-bop jazz, with funk and Latin grooves, expansive improvisation, and inventive original tunes.
Their debut album, Along For The Ride, was released in November 2012 on WEPA Records. It includes original compositions by trumpet player Terry Gordon and guitarist Roger Noyes, as well as inspired performances by Gordon, Noyes, bassist Chris Macchia and drummer Steven Partyka. Nick Mondello summed it best in his review on CD Baby:
“Recorded live, this pianoless group offers up a magnificent seven originals and one classic cover. A highly eclectic CD, the material ranges from straight-ahead harder bop (‘Along for the Ride’) to more cerebral Monk-flavored rock-tinged fare (‘Modest Sleuthing’). ‘Della Royale’ struts a Cajun-flavor and ‘Flying Gurnard’ exhibits freer expressive tonalities on which the group shines brilliantly. ‘Compared to What’ (not the Les McCann-Eddie Harris classic) pounds a heavy beat and ‘Estate’ (‘Summer’) is a beautiful rendition that sends it all home.”
In March 2013 the band was named Best Local Jazz Band in the Metroland Readers Poll and embarked on a tour of Egypt, performing at the Cairo Jazz Festival and other gigs. The trip was sponsored by the educational organization AMIDEAST, the U.S. Embassy Cairo, and the Center for American Studies at the American University in Cairo. That same year, the band opened up for Charlie Hunter and Oleta Adams at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival.
Drawing from their experiences in Egypt, the group, in October 2014, released a 9-song sophomore album, Blues For Soli (also on WEPA Records), which includes a suite of music directly influenced by their Egypt tour. In a review of the album for Metroland, Jeff Nania writes: “This record serves to showcase the evolution of a local group’s compositional style as they continue to go beyond bop and incorporate further cultural influences into their sound.”
Blues For Soli secured spots on the year-end ‘best-of lists’ for albanyjazz.com and WEXT 97.7 FM. In naming it as his number 4 selection for the year, photographer/reviewer Rudy Lu called Blues For Soli “A clear example of how jazz is absorbing other music. The unusual front end of guitar and trumpet/flugelhorn of Roger Noyes and Terry Gordon is used to much advantage in creating unusual textures in the music. The rhythm section of Chris Macchia and Steve Partyka add to the multiple frames of reference of their music.”