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Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson are a well established trio, having played together for a decade, and they sound like it on this recording. They move together so well that each has clearly internalized the others' tendencies. They're funky together, sensitive together, sparing together, and lavish together. This recording shows them in fine form, supporting guest artist Valery Ponomarev. Ponomarev is a splendid horn player. His playing is careful and deliberate, with solos that are finely crafted and never given over to abandon. He doesn't resort to cheap tricks to appeal to the crowd. Instead he relies on the intelligence of his listeners to realize the depth of his performance. Similarly, there is little that's overtly flashy about Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson. They are a solid, mainstream, trio, but one with a lot of character. This is the kind of group that makes music that doesn't grab your attention at first, but which stays with you and makes you notice its subtle longevity.
Personnel: Michael Jefry Stevens: piano; Jeff "Siege" Siegal: drums; Tim Ferguson: bass; Valery Ponomarev: trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn.
Track Listing: Magical Spaces, Lonely Woman, Julie's Tabouleh, Dedication, For You Only, Blue Heart, Con Alma, Memorial, Blues For Elena, Angelica, You Wait Here. Total time: 70:01.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.