There’s really something to the idea that experience helps you see things more clearly. On the transcendent Watershed, guitarist John Stein’s 15th recording and 11th for Whaling City Sound, Stein, and his simpatico band realize this set of deep grooves with remarkable clarity. Aided by the considerable talents of his band, including Frank Herzberg (bass), ZéEduardo Nazario (drums), Daniel Grajew (keyboards), and Teco Cardoso (flute and saxes), Stein manages to reveal the magic hiding in these grooves and rhythms. Recorded in São Paulo, Brazil, Watershed features John’s compositions, jazz classics by Jim Hall, Joe Henderson, Pat Martino, and a timeless gem by Henry Mancini. The exceptional band of musicians is fully committed, achieving stylistic variety, deep grooves, and authentic feeling on all the tunes. Watershed is suffused with lyricism and artistic clarity as he raises the bar for his own future visions.