Lifeline / John Stein

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With the release of Lifeline, John Stein celebrates a musical career as one of the most diverse jazz guitarists of his generation. Selected highlights from Stein’s varied discography capture his eclectic spirit with his honey-toned guitar effortlessly guiding listeners across several decades of brilliance. After retiring from a longtime career at Berklee College of Music where he held a professorship since 1999, and upon recently contracting a rare autoimmune disease, the esteemed jazz veteran decided to synthesize his remarkable body of recorded work.

The recorded output surveyed on this compilation spans more than twenty years, from Stein’s 1999’s Green Street to the most recent recording, 2021’s Serendipity. Throughout this assortment of releases, Stein has been consistently regaled for his expansiveness, turning heads with his emotive, subtle, grooving, and precise stylistic excursions. With dazzling guitar playing, notable contributions from the side musicians, creative arrangements, and compositions that are at once sophisticated and memorable, the full scope of John Stein’s instrumental and compositional prowess is on display on this prodigious, varied, and musically rewarding retrospective.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 17, 2022

  • Catalog Number: WCS136

  • UPC: 687606013629

  • Label: Whaling City Sound

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: Jazz

  • Composer: John Stein

  • Performer: John Stein


  1. Up and at 'em

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), David “Fathead” Newman (Sax), Keala Kaumeheiwa, (Bass), Greg Conroy (Drums)

  2. Brazilian Hug

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Daniel Grajew (Keyboards), Frank Herzberg (Bass), Zé Eduardo Nazario (Drums)

  3. Invitation

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Koichi Sato (Keyboards), John Lockwood (Bass), Zé Eduardo Nazario (Drums)

  4. Hotcakes

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), David “Fathead” Newman (Flute), Ken Clark, (Hammond Organ), Greg Conroy (Drums)

  5. Jo Ann

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Phil Grenadier (Trumpet), Fernando Brandão (Flute), John Lockwood (Bass), Zé Eduardo Nazario (Drums)

  6. The Roundabout

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Koichi Sato (Keyboards), John Lockwood (Bass), Zé Eduardo Nazario (Drums)

  7. Django

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), John Lockwood (Bass), Yoron Israel (Drums)

  8. On Green Dolphin Street

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Ed Lucie (Bass Guitar), Mike Connors (Drums)

  9. Recoleta

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Rebecca Kleinman (Flute), Evan Harlan (Accordion), John Lockwood (Bass), Matias Mingote German (Drums)

  10. Funkin' It Up

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Jake Sherman (Keyboards), John Lockwood (Bass), Zé Eduardo Nazario (Drums)

  11. A Weaver of Dreams

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Ron Gill (Voice)

  12. Modinha

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Dave Zinno (Bass)

  13. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

    Ensemble: John Stein (Guitar), Jake Sherman (Keyboards), John Lockwood (Bass), Zé Eduardo Nazario (Drums)

  14. Nica's Dream

  15. Moonlight in Vermont

  16. Four Corners

  17. Elvin!

  18. Green Street

  19. Love Dance

  20. Ira's Tango

  21. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

  22. I Remember You

  23. Labor of Love

  24. A Taste of Honey

  25. Sugar

  26. Le Causse du Quercy