Spyro Gyra Bassist Gets Exotic On
New DARK CHOCOLATE Release, "Caper"
Pianist Weber Iago is a very agile keyboard gymnast, Clay Henry's percussives are remarkable, recalling Airto and other seminals, and Kim Stone's basswork always runs to the fluid and propulsively graceful.
- Mark S. Tucker of FAME
Megawave and MVD Audio announce the CD release of Dark Chocolate "Caper" on November 8th, in North America.
One of the most respected modern day jazz outfits is undoubtedly Spyro Gyra, whose free-flowing yet instrumentally complex music has been turning the music world on its ear for decades by this point. And Kim Stone, who has supplied bass for Spyro Gyra (in addition to the Rippingtons), can also be spotted as part of the world jazz outfit, Dark Chocolate, who are gearing up to release their third full length, "Caper".
Joining Stone on this disc will be Clay Henry (percussion), John Nava (percussion), Mike Shannon (traps), Nico Georis (piano), Webber Iago (keyboards), Joseph Lucido (guitar/guitar synth), Jayson Fann (percussion), Rick Chelew (upright bass) and others in one of their more adventurous sets. These established side men and A-list session players are equally at home weaving familiar themes as they are stretching outside the pre-conceived boundaries of their a continuously-moving playground. The voices of Ashley Mazanec, Jacqui Hope, and Lori Hofer are also featured.
Mark S. Tucker of FAME writes about Dark Chocolate's previous release, "Unwrapped":
"That the unit is going largely unremarked is something of a crime. This is only its second release but stands as a masterpiece of extremely considered ruminations and jaw-dropping execution. Pianist Weber Iago is a very agile keyboard gymnast, Clay Henry's percussives are remarkable, recalling Airto and other seminals, and Kim Stone's basswork always runs to the fluid and propulsively graceful. Then there's Aaron Stone, John Nava, Mike Shannon, Joseph Lucido, and more... So much talent under one cover!"