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by Mindwalk

"A tight unit with impressive solo chops all around." JAZZIZ Magazine
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Fantasies
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2. Beatles Gone Mad
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3. That's What I Want
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4. No Harm, No Foul
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5. Bombermania
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6. Jack's Guitar
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7. Beyond Mere Pain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mindwalk is a "world class" contemporary music ensemble. This five piece group represents a "talent pool of diversity" rarely seen in the industry. From nationally recognized albums, movie scores, jingles, award winning big band compositions to recording engineering and sound design, Mindwalk and it's members deliver musicianship at the highest levels and back it up with instrumental virtuosity. Mindwalk's original music is artfully sprinkled with Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin, Smooth Jazz, and Bebop.

Mindwalk's live performances are visually captive and musically reflect the experience of opening concerts for such prominent Artists as Spyro Gyra, The Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, Bill Frisell, Jon Secada, Acoustic Alchemy, The Rippingtons, Richard Elliott, Joan Osbourne, BB King, Steve Morse Band, Less Than Jake, Maceo Parker, Larry Coryell, Steve Reid & Bamboo Forest, House of Dreams, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kenny Wayne Shepard, The Roots, Sister Hazel, Eric Darius, Pieces of a Dream, Greg Karukas, Daryle Singeltary, Les Dudek, Pat Travers, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Mindwalk has also performed at many music festivals in Florida including SunFest, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jazzmataz, Disney World/Pleasure Island, the Tampa Tribune's Friday Extra Concert Series, Kissimmee Jazz Festival, Lynx Festival, and Orlando's Sunset Serenade Concert Series and a feature performance at UF's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Gator Growl (80,000 people in attendance).

Mindwalk's first album (recorded in Gainesville with former Frank Zappa engineer Mark Pinske and produced by Richy Stano) has made the "PLAYLISTS" of over 50 radio stations nationwide as well as stations in Europe and the Far East.

THE BAND

RICHY STANO - Guitarist/Composer

Richy Stano grew up in a musical family. He jokes that his father was a professional piano player who got sidetracked in a career of nuclear engineering. "He would come home every day from work and play the piano for a couple of hours," says Stano. "When I was little I just thought everybody's dad did that."

When Stano was four years old, he saw the Beatles on television and that set the hook. The music had a sound and the Beatles had an energy that drew him in. His parents made him do time on the piano to prove that his interest in music was more than a childish whim; he thinks of it as his penance. At six, Stano got his wish, a guitar for Christmas.

Everyone in his family played an instrument, but it was two older cousins that mentored him professionally. "I knew they wouldn't want me around if I didn't know what I was doing. So I practiced to keep up with them, and by the time I was 11 they let me play professional gigs with them," Stano says. Over the next few years, Stano took turns leading his own band, playing the Jersey Shore circuit, and playing with his cousins opening for groups like KISS and Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Stano attended and graduated from Ithaca College in New York while he continued to play regional venues opening for Pure Prairie League back in the day when Vince Gill was a member. After marrying he moved to Tucson and did brief stints at both IBM and First Interstate Bank. It was then he realized corporate life just wasn't his deal. He came up with a 5-year plan that started with a move to California.

Richy Stano worked in Los Angeles for 11 years as an active session musician and served as Staff Instructor at Hollywood's Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Musicians Institute (MI). Wanting to make the most of his time in LA, Stano worked with Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Boney James, Michael Lington, Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Rick Dees' Rockin' New Years Eve, and the pit band for The Groundlings Improv Comedy Troupe, known for launching names like Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney, and Kathy Griffin, and as a session player which secured him numerous commercial jingles and movie soundtracks.

Stano had laid the groundwork that got him in with Curb Recording Artist Amy Dalley who's released three music videos, five singles and is on the verge of releasing her first CD this September. In the four years he's worked with Dalley they've roved the country opening for Toby Keith on his "Unleashed" tour with Rascal Flatts, and played venues ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to Dollywood to Las Vegas. They have also played in festivals all over the country opening for: Rodney Atkins, Carrie Underwood, Clint Black, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Gary Allan, Darryl Worley, Chris Cagle, Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Sawyer Brown, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Buddy Jewel, Sara Evans, Jimmy Wayne, Billy Currington, Trisha Yearwood, Jeff Bates and Diamond Rio just to name a few.

When he's not playing with Amy Dalley, Stano keeps a full schedule. He's an original member of Mindwalk, a contemporary jazz group that's released two CDs and opens for groups like Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, Acoustic Alchemy, The Yellowjackets, The Rippingtons, Jon Secada, BB King, Bill Frisell, Less Than Jake, Steve Morse Band, Steel Pulse, Joan Osbourne, Maceo Parker, Larry Coryell,Richard Elliott, Steve Reid & Bamboo Forest, Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Roots, Sister Hazel, Greg Karukas, Daryle Singeltary, Les Dudek, Pat Travers, Aquarium Rescue Unit and Spyro Gyra. He also teaches guitar clinics with National Guitar Workshop and Gretsch Guitars. But music isn't everything. Stano savors time spent with his three kids: his son Kalin, oldest daughter Carly and his youngest daughter Alex. He's written music for all of his kids, but it was his song "Kings for Carly" that was selected by Jazziz Magazine for a compilation CD.

In his career Stano has performed with Bo Diddley, Jimi Tunnel, Dan Toler, Producer/Songwriter Stan Lynch, Chieli Minucci, Bob Welch, Andy Prieboy, All My Children's Alan Dysert, Sister Hazel's Andrew Copeland, Joe Porcaro, and Steve Bailey. As a composer, Stano's film & TV soundtrack credits and commercial jingle credits include: "Problem Child II," "Lobster Man from Mars," "Mr. Belvedere," "On the Television," AT&T, Budweiser, ESPN, CNN, priceline.com, Nickelodeon, Special Olympics, FOX-TV, ABC-TV, CBS-Sports, Pep Boys, Nintendo, Coors Light, USA Today, Cherry Coke, Nissan Trucks, Cox Media, Superior Beer, 3M, Lifetime network, Target, and Ernst & Young. Stano endorses Steve Klein Custom Electric Guitars, Takamine Acoustic Guitars, D'Addario Guitar Strings,Blankenship Amplification and Sabine electronic tuners and EFX.

Whether it's touring with Amy Dalley, playing with Mindwalk, teaching clinics or private lessons, or any of the other music gigs he's got his fingers into, Stano is happy. "I feel really lucky to be able to make a living at something I love," says Stano.

RICHARD HILTON - Keyboards
ALI CHE'REE - Bass
JOSH GREENBAUM - Drums
JERRY EDWARDS - Trombone / EVI solos
DAVID SMADBECK - Piano

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Curtis H. Hayes, Editor, Jam Magazine


Before going further, let’s establish that Gainesville’s Mindwalk is an instrumental jazz/fusion/rock group. While this genre annoys some and stimulates others, the band sets themselves apart with a roster of heavyweight talent. As an example, guitarist/songwriter Richy Stano’s resume includes 11 years of session work in Los Angeles, a teaching position at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology, and a list of credits as long as your arm. Each member of the band has similarly impressive backgrounds.
*WON! cuts to the heart of Mindwalk’s contemporary jazz stylings while also revealing shades of Latin, funk, and harder rock. The unit is incredibly tight with extended rippin’ solos. At times ranging from a Rush-like ferocity to a Tribal Tech-style instrumental exhibition, Mindwalk manage to stay this side of the line between contemporary jazz and elevator music. In a genre that takes more than its share of abuse, this band stands out based on their musicianship and compositional talents.
Besides Stano, Mindwalk is Ali Che’ree on six-string bass, Richard Hilton and David Smadbeck on keyboards, Josh Greenbaum on drums, and Jerry Edwards on horns and keys. Having already played gigs opening for Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, and most recently Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the opportunity exists for Mindwalk’s professional talent and marketable sound to go national.
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Dale Titus, Editor, Bass Frontiers Magazine


On Mindwalk’s inaugural recording "*WON!", Malaysian bassist Ali Che’ree totally redefines the role of the bass in the New Age/Instrumental genre. Usually, bass players in similar genres are relegated to playing long arco lines that are mostly felt and not heard, but not Ali. His bass lines are active and kinetic, with interesting melodic twists and turns that keep you from ignoring him. Of particular note is his sterling effort on the song "Fantasies" which is receiving significant radio air play even though it is a somewhat lengthy tune. Be sure to check out Ali and Mindwalk whenever the opportunity presents itself!
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Bill DeYoung, Gainesville Sun Entertainment Editor


Mindwalk is one of Gainesville’s most diverse and fascinating bands. Jazz fusion isn’t the most commercial genre around, but making big bucks doesn’t seem to be the goal for these five master musicians. The music, making it sing, is obviously top of the list. There’s a lot of creativity in these songs.
Out front is guitarist and composer Richy Stano, who has the deft touch of Pat Metheny and the fire of John McLaughlin. Stano burns and flares at all the right moments, but he knows enough to avoid showboating and to let the other players take their moments in the spotlight.
Chief among these are Jerry Edwards, who plays the EVI (electronic valve instrument) and trombone, and keyboardist Richard Hilton (musical director for Nile Rodgers and Chic). David Smadbeck also contributes a piano solo on "That's What I Want."
The bassist is Gainesville stalwart Ali Che’ree, and the drums are handled by Josh Greenbaum. The rhythm section navigates the music’s numerous time changes with the dexterity of a well-oiled machine.
A highlight is Stano’s atmospheric "Bombermania," which features him tearing off into Metheny-land with increasingly tactile solos, as a wash of synthesizers paint a moody (and ultimately ominous-sounding) picture behind him.
In a nutshell, that’s Mindwalk’s strong suit - an emphasis on the composition rather than drawn-out excuses for the players to show off their chops (sometimes what you don’t play is just as important as what you do). It’s a lesson that many contemporary jazz artists could stand to learn.
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Arvid Smith, Folio Weekly


Calculated, semi-improvised melodic music that leans to the left of Jazz, toward the outer edges of progressive rock a la Steve Morse, Zappa, Weather Report and the stylings of the various Allan Holdsworth/Bill Bruford ensembles.
Mindwalk’s guitarist Richy Stano chuckled at my definition of his band’s sound, but concedes that it is, at least, in the ballpark.
This Gainesville-based quintet is certainly a one-of-a-kind for Northeast Florida. Mindwalk’s aggressive delivery, and Richy Stano’s stun-and-kill solos, speak loudly of a band well versed and on a mission.
*WON! is the debut CD from Mindwalk and is a collective effort despite the eight tracks being Stano originals. "Before I left L.A. for Gainesville I had a catalog of about 30 tunes" says Stano. "I took them to the other members to put them together. The textures are basically piano/organ, not guitar."
The totally instrumental nature of the CD is sweetened by several industry heavies assisting in the recording studio. Co-writing credits on several tunes are listed to Chieli Minucci from the group Special EFX. Also on board is keyboard programmer Richard Hilton who regularly works with Nile Rodgers. The CD was engineered by former Frank Zappa chief engineer Mark Pinske.
*WON! took a long time to record and the process typifies the band’s approach. Mindwalk plays selective high-profile dates which have included a slot at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and sets at the Jacksonville Landing’s WFSJ-FM’s Jazz Series.
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