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Irek Wojtczak & The Fonda-Stevens Group: Folk Five

Read "Folk Five" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il connubio con la tradizione folklorica è stata una delle costanti del jazz in Polonia. Dal loro enorme patrimonio di canti e danze popolari hanno tratto ispirazione -direttamente o indirettamente-importanti jazzmen di quel Paese: si va dall'opera pionieristica di Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski e di Zygmunt Wichary a quella di Zbigniew Namyslowski, Michal Urbaniak, Andrzej Trzaskowski e ...

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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Memphis

Read "Memphis" reviewed by John Sharpe

Eighteen years and eleven albums is not bad going for a band roaming that precarious borderline between the mainstream and the avant-garde. And it has been achieved with the same core line-up of the two principal composers, bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, together with drummer Harvey Sorgen and trumpeter Herb Robertson. That this ...

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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Memphis

Read "Memphis" reviewed by Troy Collins

The 11th album of their storied 18 year career, Memphis is only the fourth studio recording of the venerable Fonda/Stevens Group, making this release a delightful surprise. Co-led by bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, the veteran quartet is rounded out by trumpeter Herb Robertson and drummer Harvey Sorgen. Boasting a collective resume that ...

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The Fonda / Stevens Group: Memphis

Read "Memphis" reviewed by Nic Jones

Memphis marks the 25th anniversary of the bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens' period of collaboration. Their quartet is a fine example of how a long established band can gel without becoming predictable, with many of its moves unforeseeable in advance. This helps to keep the music fresh, but it's the level of collective ...

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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Forever Real

Read "Forever Real" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These days, there are few modern jazz groups which can seamlessly merge elements of free improvisation with mainstream and post-bop stylizations, while still maintaining a signature group sound. The Fonda/Stevens Group is partly about the sum of its parts, where the respective musicians emerge as stylists by honing a group-based methodology that stands on its own. ...

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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Forever Real

Read "Forever Real" reviewed by John Kelman

Since emerging on the scene in the late '80s with trumpeter Dave Douglas and the Mosaic Sextet, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Harvey Sorgen have all worked in a variety of contexts. Fonda was Anthony Braxton's bassist of choice in the mid-'90s; Stevens has worked in trios with Mark Whitecage and Dominic ...

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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Forever Real

Read "Forever Real" reviewed by Dennis Hollingsworth

John Cage said that music is all around us, ever present in the universe. Yet we do not always have the “ears" to decipher it. Forever Real offers the opportunity to exercise your “ears," presenting you with unique sounds that ebb and flow like the tide.

This effort is the eighth recording from ...

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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Parallel Lines

Read "Parallel Lines" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The Fonda/Stevens Group serves up a characteristically ambivalent sound on the 1997 studio record Parallel Lines. On one hand, the quintet deftly handles structured straight-ahead material; but on the other, it yields at the slightest opportunity to collective improvisation. Bassist Joe Fonda stands at the crux of the group--interacting with drummer Harvey Sorgen in a potently ...

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The Fonda-Stevens Group: Live At The Bunker

Read "Live At The Bunker" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

“The Fonda-Stevens Group” is arguably one of the finest and hardest working modern jazz outfits in the business. And while “Leo Records” is synonymous with producing improvised, free – jazz and music that is largely unclassifiable, the label generally skirts the bleeding edge of what some refer to as – new music. Therefore, this quartet’s new ...

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The Fonda-Stevens Group: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Reviewing can be difficult: there are an awful lot of discs out there that sound like all the rest. This ain't one of them. Evolution confirms that the Fonda-Stevens Group is one of the best-kept secrets in jazz. This fourth release from the quintet is one of the best showcases to date for five of the ...