[Editor's Note: Spare Notes is a new Weekly music feature highlighting outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]
John Harrington is a staple on the Orange County jazz scene. For the first two years, Harrington was the musical director at the Commonwealth Lounge, and he's been gigging in the OC since he was attending college at California State University, Fullerton. Harrington's quartet, Stop Time, has been together since 2006, and on Nov. 7 at the at the Commonwealth Lounge, they'll be releasing their new album, Generations. Clearly, the album resonates with an album title like Milestones — a name that reflects experience and history. Well, the name couldn't be more appropriate, because Generations is a tour de force of every jazz style — incorporating bop, funk and hip-hop — that you can think of, including moments where you would swear you we're listening to a tamer Bitches Brew. In jazz it's hard to sound fresh, but Stop Time finds a way on their new album. So we caught up with Harrington, and he hipped us to the process and the evolution of jazz in the OC.
What song on the album best represents Stop Time?
01 The Message Final
08 Eye of the Storm Final
10 Jay-Z Final