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1995 Bass Player Magazine

Scouting Report (by Scott Malandrone)

Norm Stockton 1995"This demo isn't representative of 95% of my playing, which is foundational, groove stuff," says Norm Stockton. "However, I figured it might be better listening for a fellow bassist."

How do you get the attention of someone who listens to a lot of demos? Norm Stockton knows. He sent in a professional-sounding, to-the-point, nine song masterpiece that demonstrates several styles, great technique, good tone, and tasty drum machine programming - all in less than 11 minutes!

Norm was born in Yokosuka, Japan, where he started to learn piano at age eight. When he was 15, the Beatles changed his path. "I pulled the extra strings off an old classical guitar to learn the bass line from 'Can't Buy Me Love,'" says Norm. "I was hooked on the bass from that point on!"

Norm's demo "collage" (the nine songs are excepts from his compositions) opens with "Elbert, New Your ... New York, Elbert," a 29-second bass and drums intro that spews cool funk with crispy snaps. He then slides into "Ochanomizu Conveyor Belt (I Long for You)," a short theme with weird harmonics and fast, ascending runs. Norm's Beatles influence is apparent on a cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever," which features a harmonized, sitar-like melody and tapped chords with artificial harmonics. A cymbal crash sends him into "Quantum SPi-cy, with a Slide of Piezo" for two-hundred tapped chords and more clean funk. He changes moods on J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," where he plucks guitar-like chords. Next up is the reverb-laden "The Mansion," which leads into "I'll Return for You" with its Stanley-esque solo flurries. Norm can groove, too, and the Latin-flavored 'Reflux (Low-Cal in So. Cal)" proves it. The tape closes with the ethereal "Come Before Winter," which contains more plucked chords, harmonics, smooth solo lines, and an occasional slap.

Stockton recently finished recording an album with jazz guitarist Steve Laury. What's next? "As long as it's a quality project," he says, "I'd seriously consider any doors of opportunity the Lord opens for me. I'm pretty open."


Bass Player Magazine Article - December 1995 Issue
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