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Since the release of his 2007 disc, The Timeless Now (CTA), Dayna Stephens has emerged as one of his generation’s most distinguished modern jazz tenor saxophonists and composers. He hones a sinewy yet supple tone that unfurl poised improvisations with melodic ingenuity. As a composer, Stephens continues to build a multifaceted oeuvre filled with pieces that are cinematic in dynamic scope as they incorporate and suspenseful dialogue and interplay. In addition to establishing himself as a leading early 21st century jazz voice, Stephens has collaborated with an impressive array of jazz musicians, including pianists Brad Mehldau, Taylor Eigsti, Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron, Theo Hill, Gerald Clayton and Aaron Parks; drummers Brian Blade, Al Foster, Idris Muhammad, Marvin “Boogaloo” Smith, Eric Harland, Matt Slocum and Justin Brown; trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Michael Rodriguez; saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, Ben Wendel, Chris Potter, John Ellis and Walter Smith III; bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Joe Sanders, Linda Oh, Doug Weiss and Larry Grenadier; vocalists Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Sachal Vasandani; guitarists Julian Lage, Lage Lund and Charles Altura. The New York Times heralded Stephens as a “must see,” and wrote, “Everything flows with unusual fluency and makes you feel rewarded,” regarding his improvisational facilities

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Dayna Stephens: Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by John Chacona

In his 2018 book, Playing Changes, Nate Chinen argues that the fundamental jazz dialectic of the 1980s and 90s, namely tradition vs. innovation, was ultimately a false choice. Two years later, Dayna Stephens' Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard proves the point in the most eloquent way possible. In many ways, Right Now! ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we go from Wynton Marsalis' ruminations on the status of our society, to Teodross Avery's and the Analog Players Society's reflections on Monk. In between a world tour with stops in South Africa, Guatemala, Norway, Canada, and on two sides of the country, LA and NYC, for another great tasting menu of the best ...

Liberty

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ran; Faith leap; Kwooked Stweet; The Lost and Found; At Least 37th Cousins; Loosy Goosy; Tarifa; Rhyming History; Planting Flowers; The Sound Goddess; Wil's Way.

The Machine Stops

Label: Workin' Label
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Old Machine; Kuno; Vashti; Second Hand Ideas; The New Machine; Anonymous; Tomorrow

Hiding Place

Label: Mini Movie Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hiding Place; Junk; Tea in the Sahara; The Best of My Love; Two of Us; Harvest; 3420.

Where We Started

Label: Tone Rogue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I: Preludio; II: Winds, Currents; III: Tunnels, Speed; O Vos Omnes; Nemesis; IV: Marshes, Amphibians; Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess; Where We Started.

Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Smoking Gun; Tarifa; Ran; Contagious; Radio-Active Earworm; Faith Leap; Lesson One. CD 2: Loosy Goosy; Planting Flowers; JFK International; You Are Me Blues; The Beginning Of An Endless Happy Monday; Blakonian Groove.

House of Mirrors

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: House of Mirrors; Beauty is a Wound; Virgin Soil; Deine Hände; Dark Night Of The Soul; Manchmal; Lullaby For N.; Sugar; Duke Ellington's Sound of Love.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dayna Stephens Quartet: Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York City's Village Vanguard has a history. Founded by Max Gordon in 1935 and, after his passing in 1989, operated by his wife Lorraine until her death in 2018, the venue became famous for launching jazz careers and hosting the recordings of more than a hundred jazz albums, including saxophonist Sonny Rollins' A Night At ...


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