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Former Inhouse guitarist strings together a solo career
By Bill Meredith
Special to The Palm Beach Post
Friday, May 23, 2008
Andy Stein moved to South Florida from New Jersey nearly 25 years ago and became one of the area's premier acoustic guitarists with a few local bands. The most notable was Inhouse, which flirted with major-label interest in the mid-1990s. The most recent is Acoustic Remedy, his ongoing house trio at Paddy Mac's in Palm Beach Gardens.
Saturday, the Lake Worth-based guitarist finally goes it alone, with a little help from his friends. The occasion is the release party for Stein's solo debut, Strings of Consciousness. The disc comes out exactly 10 years since his last CD release party, for the Inhouse swan song Waking Juliet in 1998.
"I always wanted to put out stuff on my own," Stein says. "I have a collection of songs that'll come out on my next CD, Unclassifiable, but Strings of Consciousness, with all improvisation, is the kind of thing I've always wanted to record."
Strings of Consciousness is all-instrumental, and features former Inhouse drummer Steve Williams and bassist Mike Hill; Acoustic Remedy guitarist Steve Jones and bassist Stephanie Krowka; and others. The disc emphasizes Stein's jazz/fusion side, with the influence of Miles Davis and finger-picking acoustic guitarists like Leo Kottke. Stein will play some electric guitar during the release party, but his primary instrument is still his Martin acoustic, run through an amplifier and several Boss pedals - often with electrifying results.
"I listened a lot to Miles' Bitches Brew album," Stein says, "It had an eclectic, go-as-you-please jamming style that struck me. I used to listen to it while studying, because it was almost ambient. Some people have said the same thing about Strings of Consciousness, which is certainly fine with me."
Unclassifiable, due out later this year, will include Stein songs that Inhouse performed but never recorded, like Shelter, Into You and Between Us. The guitarist will also record post-Inhouse originals (including Slow the World Down, Out of Hand and Life is Good) he's recently sung at area clubs and shows for Lake Worth non-profit Inspirit. The forthcoming CD will show Stein's pop/rock side, with influence from The Beatles to the Grateful Dead.
Stein plays material from both with original Inhouse bandmates Williams, Gin Weintraub (vocals/ guitar) and Phil Kalasz (bass); Acoustic Remedy partners Jones and Krowka (plus a former member, singing guitarist Jason Colannino), Jazz Game bassist Kent Demonbreun and drummer Tim Moss, and other guests at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. J St., Lake Worth (561-585-2583). Tickets: $12. The show will be videotaped for broadcast at www.andystein.net.
- Palm Beach Post TGIF (May 23, 2008)
Guitarist Andy Stein helped South Florida band Inhouse draw major label interest during its run through the '90s, and he jump-starts his solo recording career with Strings of Consciousness. The all-improvised instrumental disc features local musical guests, plus those from as far as Stein's native New Jersey. A camera will capture the star-studded May 24 Strings of Consciousness CD release party, during which Stein and guests will also play far-reaching ballads, rock and pop tunes from his forthcoming second CD, Unclassifiable.
Bill Meredith - Palm Beach Post, Jazz Times (May 2, 2008)
Guitarist Andy Stein brings his original blend of melody and improvisation to the Bamboo Room on May 24. He'll record this performance of material from his new CD release, "Strings of Consciousness," and material for his next CD project, "Unclassifiable." The latter is an apt anti-label for Andy's approach: he's equally at home with melodic, lyrical songs and improvisational exploration. While Andy's technical virtuosity is guided by good taste and a deep familiarity with blues, jazz, folk and rock, he's always pushing toward the new and often conjuring it in his live performances. Among those who've paid him compliments are Bruce Springsteen, the late Tom Dowd and Dave Mason. But don't take their word for it, head down to the Bamboo Room and find out for yourself.

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