Michael Jefry Stevens: The Survivor's Suite (2003)
As a composer, Stevens utilizes a wide palette. He essays ballads with considerable feeling, 'Quiet' making the case convincingly. The unfolding is deliberate, shading the tune gently, his left hand emphasising darker daubs. And if one looks for the influences, one can witness the ghost of Bill Evans and the visitation of Ahmad Jamal. Comparisons apart the title track covers the vast spectrum that is the wont of Stevens.
This is a completely improvised suite, and within its ambit stirs structure and freedom. Stevens suspends time and harmony; his lines arch and curve and fall in a splash of color. He unleashes bolts of thunder with his left hand and clasps melody in scintillating runs. On The Survivor's Suite he keeps blandness away, never letting pretty pictures efface his ardour.
Track Listing: For Galo; Ask Me Now; Musica Callada #1; Quiet; The Search; Survivor?s Suite: Praeludium, Yin/ Tang, Interludium, The Eternal Spring of Hope, Postlude
Personnel: Michael Jefry Stevens?piano
Record Label: Jazz Halo
Style: Modern Jazz