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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tim Stevens Double Trio: with whom you can be who you are

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Most jazz pianists with classical training in their backgrounds seem to feel the pull of of the strings: whether it be Bill Evans with his Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra Verve, 1965); Phineas Newborn, Jr. on While My Lady Sleeps (Bluebird/RCA, 1957); or, to bring it into the new millennium: Brad Mehldau's Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010); and Danny Green's Danny Green Trio Plus Strings (OA2 Records, 2018). Australian pianist Tim Stevens--best known perhaps for his work with ...

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Tim Stevens: I'll Tell You Later In December

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Pick your Christmas music, secular or sacred. The former probably gets more attention. “White Christmas," “Santa Claus is Coming to Town," “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and, of course, Chuck Berry rock'n “Run Run Rudolph." Earth-bound seasonal sounds that bring out the holiday spirit. But sometimes it seems the more sacred side of that equation gets sold short. Melbourne, Australia-based pianist Tim Stevens grew up with the Anglican Church as an essential part of his life. No ...

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Tim Stevens: Media Vita

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Australian pianist Tim Stevens chose the year 2016 to pump up his compositional prowess, vowing to write one tune per day. The challenge he set for himself resulted in three hundred and sixty-six tunes (2016 was a leap year), and Media Vita, twelve pieces culled from the year long effort. Classically trained, but working much in the free improvisation mode--trio and solo--Media Vita is Stevens' first solo outing that concentrates on his written compositions. His is a refined ...