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"Excellent Distraction"
jazz violin, virginia composer, jazz violin virginia, corporate entertainer dc area, violinist maryland, northern virginia jazz violinist, contemporary jazz music dc area, northern virginia contemporary jazz band This album has been in the Top 50 for radio play for independent cd releases January through June 2009.

 
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Miles Stiebel is on the leading edge of breaking the violin stereotypes, and the Reston Virginia native’s new CD "Excellent Distraction", provides ample proof that the stringed instrument can serve as a conduit between jazz, pop, funk and Motown. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

—Joe Montague, www.rivetinggriffs.com

"The Miles Stiebel band has my endorsement!" Read the full letter in PDF format by clicking here.

—Catherine Merrill Williams, President and Publisher Washingtonian


In his second release, Miles has created an Excellent Distraction for the sophisticated jazz listener with a collection of originals and covers. From Miles' dynamic violin to the hard driving horn section to the conversations between the violin and saxophone, "Excellent Distraction" is a musically rich tapestry of distinctive quality. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.


Its quite an amazing thing when a musician can take a sound and put it where it would normally not belong and make it sound completely at home. It is the mark of creative genius- a true artist. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

—Michael Perry, www.newmusiczine.com

Miles was nominated for two "2010 WAMMIE Awards" for Best Jazz Instrumentalist and Best Jazz Recording.

Miles plays electric and acoustic violin in a contemporary jazz pop setting. He shares the stage with his band making this CD more palatable than some sessions featuring violinists. Most of the songs are originals along with covers of "Sir Duke" and "Dance With Me". "Excellent Distraction" is radio friendly and sure to please smooth jazz fans. We were drawn to the Latin beats of "Mambo Number Miles", perhaps the best of the set.

— D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter

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. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.


The title song "Excellent Distraction" shows a sophisticated melody with Miles on violin in best form. Excellent relaxation could be an alternative title. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.


This ["Dance with Me"] is simply a load of fun, just like the original tune. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

—Mark Saleski, Jazz.com

While smooth jazz has never embraced even such violinists as Jean-Luc Ponty, don't overlook Miles Stiebel's rollicking cover of "Sir Duke" (MSE). I suspect you could be pleasantly surprised, as the track's as tight as a clenched fist... Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.


"Excellent Distraction" takes jazz music into contemporary times offering a classic spellbinding elegance and ebullient streaks which audiences today find titillating and welcoming on their senses. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

—Susan Frances, JazzReview.com

After Stiebel intones his soulful, infectious theme, he delivers an exhilarating solo with a piercing tone and expressive phrasing. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

—Scott Albin, Jazz.com

The audiences of Miles Stiebel's music are treated like old friends gathering for a warm and wonderful experience of shared musical pleasure. Read the full quote by clicking here.

—Leila Gordon, Reston Community Center Executive Director
(and former Director of Arts and Events for the CenterStage at the RCC)

This is truly bold and creative music…it's a potential classic. Read the full article by clicking here.

Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide

"No Hassle Miles" was nominated for a "2008 WAMMIE Award" for Best Jazz Recording.

On behalf of our State Chair, June F. O’Neill, thank you for your performance (at the New York State Democratic Presidential Inaugural Gala), everyone really enjoyed it and it truly made our event the talk of the town.

—New York State Democratic Committee

It's obvious Stiebel's success is rooted in more than mere star power. His enthusiasm shines through every aspect of his work. Read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

—Caroline Small, Northern Virginia Magazine

This is anything but your typical jazz violin disc. It's contemporary, it's dynamic, it's extraordinarily compelling and emotional. Read the full quote by clicking here.


"Being the producer and host of the Sunday Brunch on Smooth Jazz, 105.9, gives me a unique opportunity to actually select music to share with my audience and am thankful Miles Stiebel seems to make the music which keeps my listeners coming back for seconds!"
   
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