The Fonda/Stevens Group: Forever Real (2005)
The quartet playfully dissects a blues groove with freeform movements and odd time signatures during "The Call. They convey additional diversity on a Ramsey Lewis-style funk motif on the final cut, "Cotton, where guest artist Napoleon Maddox adds some sociopolitical rap atop the ensemble's loose gait. Overall, the unit's latest effort should be well-received by its legion of followers. Sure enough, it's a tastefully executed and indubitably entertaining studio date.
Track Listing: Forever Real; From the Source; The Stalker; A Question of Love; Relentlessness; The Call; Cotton.
Personnel: Michael Jefry Stevens: piano; Joe Fonda: acoustic bass; Herb Robertson: trumpet; Harvey Sorgen: drums. Special guest Napoleon Maddox: human beat box, poetry.
Record Label: 482 Music
Style: Modern Jazz