Some Comments & Reviews…..
I was watching you play and am so moved at how you become each song you play…..your soul is so in tune with each song. It’s Flipping amazing! You become each song you play and you play from your soul and it’s a musical sound & sight that turns heads, eyes and chairs. Just musically magical!….. Francesca Deleon
Jon Stephen is a true entertainer; his total involvement in his Art includes his audience. You cannot help but be swept up in the enthusiasm and passion Jon has for life and his music. Hands down, my vote for top entertainer on the Central Coast…. Sharing is Caring, SLO
Jon Stephen, one of the greatest musicians I have had the privilege to hear…..Willis Abercrombie
To collaborate. with Jon Stephen has been a dream come true. I have always used music with my images since 1975 with my Surfing movies and other images, but never found the synergy that I have found with Jon Stephen. If you are anywhere near the Central Coast, find out where Jon is playing. There are not to many things I would “guarantee” in life. I guarantee you will walk away affected by Jon’s music and Jon himself as he is an extraordinarily talented, kind person….. Lance Kinney
Jon Stephen you are one of the most talented musicians in America! We Loved hearing you play while Director William Dear pictured your music for scenes in our movie! Jon you are amazing!…. Bodie Thoene
Jon Stephen is more than just a musician or guitarist; he is an artist and a visionary. His songs reflect emotions of love and romance that is of legend and is at the forefront of a new musical Renaissance. His Music Weaves An Audible Tapestry Of Joy That Has Astounded Audiences Throughout America & Europe.
It is his charismatic personality and love for life that fuels his passionate rhythms and his ability to delight any and all that witness his performances.
His music is reminiscent of the sultry and sensual sounds on New Orleans, of the mysterious and sexy Rio de Janeiro, and the rhythms of Latin America.
The guitar playing of Jon Stephen is more than the collected notes on a string, but is the musical embodiment of the human soul, constantly transforming each time it is played…. Joseph Timmons, Music Reviews / Writer / Journalist – http://www.indiepulsemusic.wordpress.com
Among the many gratifying moments in a Composers life is…. The Positive Review.
Here is one such review I received, from a music and entertainment magazine that does so much, to bring music into the lives, of so many.
“The countless moments of grace and joy are found in life and love, as played by one talented guitarist’s hands, to touch a thousand hearts.”
Music Review – Jon Stephen: The Art of Solo Guitar
Review by Joseph Timmons- Xombiewoof Magazine
There are those special moments, thought of as “Kismet” or “Irish luck”, when the heavens decide to drop in your lap a rage and special find. All of us have had this happen to us from time to time, if we choose to see the wisdom of the stars we learn from it, while others may just pass by. One may say “by the grace of god go I” while others may just see it as one more step into life that holds nothing more than just a pause. I have listened to and reviewed records for some time now and impose my thoughts and critiques upon you for your reading pleasures, some agree with me, others have not, but this artist Jon Stephen is by far a singularity in a universe of musical talent, and could very well be its brightest and most brilliant I have met so far.
I was at the 2013 Central Coast Guitar Show this past weekend and I met Jon Stephen by way of introduction, a polite and jovial man who took pause to listen to others play, and in conversation spoke highly of everyone he pointed out, but no praise of his own work. During the conversation he mentioned he was performing at a local beach club in the area often to support local events and charities. He gave me a copy of his cd and asked me to check it out. I get many CDs and demos to listen to, often more than a review critic could handle on average, but something about Jon’s personality told me to put it in line for review quickly.
This was by far the best idea I could have had all week.
Jon Stephen’s recent offering The Art of Solo Guitar is a collection of instrumental guitar pieces that are truly heartwarming and touching. As an artist he has stated that his work is styled after Tropical Brazilian Guitar, but there are traces of Folk styling, Latin or Flamenco, World Beat and more, his music is soft-spoken and introspective. All instrumental it conveys message in tonal harmonies, to a measure that no words can create, awe inspiring and lush, both solid and fluid his arrangements are very soothing.
His album Jon Stephen: The Art of Solo Guitar is arranged in “chapters” connecting together as a full story in song, rather than a list of tracks, which suits the music well, making the whole series engaging.
The pieces come around and interweave through each other, changing from several sections into one long song, never truly being less than adventurous, Jon creates a web of sound that captures you and keeps you close to the center of his creation. I will now do something I don’t often do, I will not name the tracks or specify a favorite, because one cannot be enjoyed without the other, and if you put the player on “random” it still sounds as if Jon meant the song order to exist, a mysterious and spiritual journey in music that will captivate you, as it has me.
You can find Jon Stephen on Facebook and performs regularly at the Morovino Winery in Avila Beach, CA and the Beautiful Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in The Lido in Pismo Beach, CA. I urge you to find a way to see him perform or at least contact him to get a copy of this fabulous album.
I really loved this review, and if you want, visit my Bandcamp page and hear for yourself, I would share my joy with you!