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Michael Jefry Stevens: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has been involved in many projects in his career over the past forty years. The Generations Quartet started out as a trio six years ago, consisting of Stevens with his long-time musical partner, bassist Joe Fonda and newcomer, drummer Emil Gross. The trio became a quartet with the addition of saxophonist (and Renaissance Man) Oliver Lake, perhaps best known for founding the World Saxophone Quartet with saxophonists David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett.

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Michael Jefry Stevens: Brass Tactics

Read "Brass Tactics" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Anyone remotely interested “creative improvised music" (aka jazz) that intersects with the Classical aesthetic should take the time to listen closely to pianist Michael Jefry Stevens' latest release Brass Tactics. Stevens is a thinking man's player mostly known for his work in the Fonda/Stevens group (see Folk Five) and Conference Call, (with Gebhard Ullmann) as well leading his own group, for example For The Children. The instrumentation on Brass Tactics stems from Stevens' fascination with brass ...

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In Transit: Shifting Moods

Read "Shifting Moods" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Well-regarded for his co-leadership of the perennially progressive Fonda/Stevens group, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens is an accomplished solo artist and a much in demand session musician, who extends his reach globally. Featuring three European instrumentalists, the In Transit group devises a comprehensive playbook amid budding expansions into the free dominion. However, the modern jazz component underscores the improvisational factors. It's not about wanton cacophony. Conversely, the quartet's synchronicity instills a sense of perpetual motion, executed at various frequencies, throttling pulses, ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens: What About...?; Memphis; A Scent in Motion; Remembering the Future

Read "Michael Jefry Stevens: What About...?; Memphis; A Scent in Motion; Remembering the Future" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Conference CallWhat About...?Not Two2010 Fonda/Stevens GroupMemphisPlayscape2009 Harvey Sorgen-Steve Rust-Michael Jefry StevensA Scent in MotionKonnex2009 Jon HemmersamRemembering the FutureJSH Music2010 The current musical climate being what it is, the moniker of “Conference Call" for a far-flung jazz quartet ...

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Harvey Sorgen / Steve Rust / Michael Jefry Stevens Trio: A Scent in Motion

Read "A Scent in Motion" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Back in the 1990s, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, drummer Harvey Sorgen and bassist Steven Rust set in motion a trio project which would have them reassemle in a studio every year to improvise. The collaboration led to four albums: Novella (Leo, 2001), Aercine (Drimala, 2002), Decade (NotTwo, 2003), and now, A Scent in Motion.

Stevens, Sorgen and Rust have cast their roots as improvisers. All possess expressive intuition, allowing them to play off each other and work in tandem towards ...

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Southern Excursion Quartet: Trading Post

Read "Trading Post" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Southern Excursion Quartet, featuring saxophonist Don Aliquo, drummer Tom Giampietro, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and bassist Jonathan Wires, moved from different parts of the United States to find their home in the Tennessee and Mississippi areas. The geographical relocation was conducive to a meeting of the four, who went on to find common musical ground.

The music is a revelation of how the quartet develops a theme. They read each other perfectly, sensing structure and enhancing development. The program, ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens: Eastern Boundary Quartet, Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, Conference Call & Southern Excursion Quartet

Read "Michael Jefry Stevens: Eastern Boundary Quartet, Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, Conference Call & Southern Excursion Quartet" reviewed by Karen Hogg

Eastern Boundary QuartetEastern Boundary Quartet Biem Artisjus2008 Michael Jefry StevensFor AndrewKonnex2008 Conference CallPoetry in MotionClean Feed2008 Southern Excursion QuartetTrading PostARC2008 Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has enjoyed a prolific musical journey but collaboration could be seen as the inspiration ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens: For The Children & Moving Stills

Read "Michael Jefry Stevens: For The Children & Moving Stills" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

Michael Jefry Stevens For the Childen Cadence Jazz 2008 In Transit Moving Stills Unit Records 2008

The two newest releases by pianist Michael Jefry Stevens reveal two complementary facets of the pianist's musicianship. Though the instrumentation is similar in both, the records were made almost a decade apart, with the older ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens: For The Children

Read "For The Children" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has to be one of most under-appreciated composers and players around. His discography as a leader, going back to 1995, is slight, and he can be most easily heard in cooperative groups such as Conference Call (nominally led by Gebhard Ullmann) and the Fonda/Stevens group. Stevens is an intellectually stimulating player with eclectic tastes, an extremely sharp mind and fast reflexes, able to lead and follow in many a varied musical situation. For ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens Quartet: For the Children

Read "For the Children" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

This release in the Cadence Jazz Historical Series (recorded in February 1995) is full of surprises, none greater than the successful intertwining of a former Jazz Messenger with one of the premier free-jazz rhythm teams. Saxophonist David Schnitter isn't the best-known of the Messengers tenormen, having joined the outfit during the comparative down-time of the 1970s. But since then he has built a reputation as a solid, reliable improviser. Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen often function as the “house rhythm ...

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In Transit: Moving Stills

Read "Moving Stills" reviewed by Larry Taylor

With roots in Ornette Coleman's music, cultivated by Keith Jarrett at his most experimental, Moving Stills branches out into terra incognita.

The musicians here are Swiss, with the exception of well-traveled New York pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. Joining him to make up In Transit are the very talented Jurg Solothurnmann (alto and soprano sax), Daniel Struder (bass) and Dieter Ulrich (drums). The music here is definitely atonal and cutting edge, but, for adventurous listeners, very much worth the listen.

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Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson: Get Out of Town

Read "Get Out of Town" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Get Out of Town features one of many unheralded groups out there which begs to be heard--three relatively unknown musicians in a trio setting who have been working together for some 18 years.

Michael Jefry Stevens on piano, Jeff Siegel on drums and Tim Ferguson on bass--veterans of the New York scene--make up this cooperative trio. Their time as a unit shows in the cohesive arrangements, which give each ample solo time to show off their talent.

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