Notable band leader, Miles Stiebel, proves he is one of the most sought after musicians in his field with "Excellent Distraction." This album is a vibrant mix of emotionally charged jazz instrumentals, covers, and some of Stiebel's originals. Not only is he a well known band leader himself, but the disc was produced by Grammy nominated Bob Dawson and mastered by Grammy winner Ted Jensen (who has also worked with Norah Jones). Stiebel shows us what he does best on "Sir Duke," the first single off the record that strays from the typical jazz progressions and offers up a little bit of funk. Although the violin is not common in most jazz records, Stiebel uses it generously on many tracks such as "Midnight Fifty." The addition of the violin provides a rousing country feel to what could have been just a typical jazz number. Although Stiebel already has many fans, "Excellent Distraction" will be bringing in many more.
-Shaun H. and the RadioIndy Reviewer Team
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