For his second solo effort, Patches teamed with Producer/ Arranger Jim Beard. The result is PENETRATION, a wonderful CD of contemporary jazz. Once again, Patches’ trumpet will carry you through a range of emotions–and maybe even a surprise or two.

The roster of musicians lending their talent to Penetration is impressive indeed. One special guest is Patches’ former “boss”, Al Jarreau, who reinvents “My Funny Valentine” — you’ve never before heard this standard with a jungle beat!
Marcus Miller played bass on “Penetration (El Nino)” and “Patmos”; adding bass clarinet on the latter. And speaking of internationally respected bass players, Italy’s Saturnino flew to New York especially to lend his art to “Sarah”, an original song written by Patches.
And yes, that is Kenny Garrett on alto sax on “My Funny Valentine”, as well as Penetration (El Nino) and Patmos. Then there is Hiram, and Bill, and well, you get the picture…(see the complete list of musician credits below.)
So sit back and let the music PENETRATE your senses. . .
SAMPLES: Click on the song title to hear an MP3 clip:


  1. Sass
  2. Some Will Dream
  3. Fields of Gold
  4. Penetration (El Nino)
  5. Diana
  6. My Funny Valentine (featuring Al Jarreau)
  7. Patmos
  8. Sarah
  9. Pavane
  10. Cat ‘N Mouse


Michael “Patches” Stewart (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Jim Beard (Keyboards)

Hiram Bullock (Guitar)

Zach Danziger (Loop Drums)

Bill Evans (Tenor & Soprano Saxophone)

William Galison (Harmonica)

Kenny Garrett (Alto Saxophone)

James Genus (Acoustic Bass)

Jon Herington (Guitars)

Aaron Heick (Flute, Oboe, English Horn & Alto Sax)

Henry Hey (Additional Sample Programming)

Al Jarreau (Vocals on My Funny Valentine)

Marcus Miller (Bass, Bass Clarinet)

Adam Rogers (Guitars)

Saturnino (Bass)

Arto Tuncboyacian (Percussion)

Producer & Arranger:

Jim Beard

Executive Producer:

Massimo Gardel


Massimo Gardel