The Arch Stanton Quartet, based in upstate New York, is putting a new spin on bop and post-bop jazz, with angular funk and Latin grooves, expansive improvisation, and inventive original tunes steeped in the traditions of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Mingus and John Scofield.
Their debut Album, Along For The Ride, was released in November 2012 on WEPA Records. It includes 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.
Writes reviewer Nick Mondello 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."