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Truth To The Rumor

by Stephen Sea

Progressive instrumental music featuring guitar and keyboards
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Truth to the Rumor
4:13 $0.99
2. Trust Me
5:12 $0.99
3. I Believe
3:55 $0.99
4. Call of the Highlands
3:48 $0.99
5. Tales of a Prophet
5:38 $0.99
6. Paramour de Andrea
5:10 $0.99
7. Midnight on Easy Street
4:09 $0.99
8. White shoe White
2:37 $0.99
9. Samba Pa Ti
4:43 $0.99
10. Kidstuff
4:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Stephen Sea is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards) whose gritty jazz-rock jumps with bluesy grit and hot licks. For Truth to the Rumor (Inertia CD30001), Sea is backed by bassist Fourvo "Ice" Mauduel, drummer Lefty DiMitriX and keyboardist Obie Xavior. There's a palpable group-feel here as if, in contrast to most of today's studio sessions (regardless of genre), these guys really play together on a regular basis. It struts with an urban, "mean streets" toughness that's downright electric. Yeah!

By Chuck Berg - Jazz Times/January 1990


Stephen Sea pulls out a fairly bombastic bag of tricks on a straight ahead program avoiding any hard left turns. With 12 years experience as a studio musician, Sea has become a highly polished multi-instrumentalist, and handles all of the instrumentation on the album. For the most part, the compositions are pretty aggressive, with lots of guitar and synthesizer, although he does dabble on the lighter side with "Paramour De Andrea", a very melodic piece with a nice ambiance. His sound hints of Stevie Winwood, yet carries it's own personality.

August 25, 1989/Issue 153 - Vol. 4


Stephen Sea's music consists of high-octane instrumentals, flavored with a touch of jazz. but his heart seem to be in rock and these pieces lean heavily in that direction. It's a rock set of instruments, drums, bass, guitar and synth, that round out the arrangements. They create straight-ahead grooves with a focus on sequenced synth lines and driving drums. these grooves provide the setting for Sea's soloing; and when hot guitar licks aren't front and center, then his keyboard chops take over. On "I Believe", the lead synth opens with a Steve Winwood type of tone. the sound comes back again on peices like "Paramour De Andrea", and its a real plus as it gives Sea's music a sense of familiarity, while taking this very recognizable sound out of the Top 40 and placing it in his own world. The title track and "Tales Of A Prophet" take the album in a different direction than the quiet qualities of the above mentioned works. The title track establishes his love of rock and displays his chops, while "Tales" uses the burbling sequences and dynamic synth-hits to grab the listener and take them in and out of various thematic changes. All ten pieces are originals, save for his cover of Carlos Santana's "Samba Pa Ti", and while a few musicians add their touches here and there, it's Sea's baby and he has cast himself as a musical powerhouse. If there's talk on the street that he's a phenomenal instrumentalist, then Sea's proved that there is indeed "truth to the rumor".

FMQB, October 13, 1989



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