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Steve Olson

Originally from Iowa, Steve lives near Westmister, Maryland, and plays in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. Steve has performed and/or recorded with Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, Tony Martucci, Anthony Pirog, Susan Alcorn, Jeff Antoniuk, Todd Marcus, and many others. He currently performs as part of the Baltimore-based free improv collective Out of Your Head, which presents bi-monthly concerts at The Windup Space. For six years Steve was the drummer for BSQ (Bob Schwartz Quartet).

The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Rothko; Crunchy Grumbles; Skittering; Behind the Red Door; Give My Regards to Eighth Street; Rest In Peace Ornette; Monastery.

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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) ...

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Steve Olson: The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise

Read "The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dopo un album di duetti con partner diversi (Conversations, 2014), Steve Olson approda a questa che è la sua opera seconda optando invece per un organico fisso per tutto il disco, un trio entro le cui maglie la sua musica pudica, rattenuta, si muove seguendo la prassi della composizione istantanea, alias improvvisazione totale. ...

Conversations

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: I'll Find a Space (A); Around the World (B); Drop the Sticks! (C); Shhhhhh (D); Klangfarben (E); Creepy Strut (A); Are We Swingin? (D); Harmolodically Yours (F); Breath of Life (B); I Rest My Case (C); Opening Salvo (F); Smacks (A); Please Listen Carefully As Our Menu Has Changed (E); He Says Yes (D); They're So Nice (C).

The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Rothko; Crunchy Grumbles; Skittering; Behind the Red Door; Give My Regards to Eighth Street; Rest In Peace Ornette; Monastery.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Olson: The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise

Read "The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise" reviewed by Budd Kopman

From the opening bell, which sounds for all the world like that which signals the beginning of a Zen meditation session, The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise creates a wondrous, ethereal and all-encompassing time/space continuum all of its own. Drummer/percussionist Steve Olson, whose previous album, Conversations explored free improvisation between himself and various other instrumentalists, ...

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Steve Olson: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Non più di primissimo pelo, il batterista Steve Olson firma il proprio esordio discografico in prima persona dedicandolo al duetto con partner differenti (in totale sei). Non essendo troppo spinto l'acceleratore sui contrasti dinamici, all'interno del singolo brano ma tutto sommato anche nel totale (prevale una sostanziale pacatezza), è praticamente fisiologico che sia l'aspetto timbrico a ...

Conversations

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: I'll Find A Space; Around The World; Drop The Sticks!; Shhhhhh; Klangfarben; Creepy Strut; Are We Swingin? Harmolodically Yours; Breath Of Life; I Rest My Case; Opening Salvo; Smacks; Please Listen Carefully As Our Menu Has Changed; He Says Yes; They're So Nice.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Olson: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For his first recording as a leader, drummer/percussionist Steve Olson asked six of his friends to engage in completely unrehearsed and improvised duo “conversations." Olson states in the notes that in his opinion, “the best music has an element of dialogue in it, both between the musicians, and between the players and the listener ...


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