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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

The Machine Stops

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

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.

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.

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.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Julian Shore: Where We Started

Read "Where We Started" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and graceful temperament, Julian Shore crafts music with atmosphere and feeling, aiming for emotional depth rather than settling for typical jazz devices. On Where We Started, his third release, he offers eight well-honed tracks which are both evocative and nuanced; while they might not win over the uninitiated in a crowded ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Claus Waidtløw The Game Self Produced 2020 A saxophonist who, over the last 3 decades, has recorded and toured with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Murphy, Folk Artist: Hiding Place

Read "Hiding Place" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Mark Murphy's 2018 release Pocketful of Rainbows (Self Produced, 2018) was a surprise stand-out recording that year. Now, this Mark Murphy is not that Mark Murphy (1932 -2015), icon of jazz vocals. This Mark Murphy is a singer/songwriter whose 2016 release, Slip Away (Mini Movie) scored points for one of Downbeat Magazine's recordings of that year. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tommaso Gambini: The Machine Stops

Read "The Machine Stops" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Trasferitosi a New York, dopo aver studiato al Berklee College, il 28enne chitarrista torinese Tommaso Gambini debutta con un album maturo e ricco di sottigliezze, ispirato dal racconto distopico di Edgar Morgan Foster “The Machine Stops," tradotto in italiano col titolo “La macchina si ferma." Pubblicato nel 1909, lo scritto anticipa alcuni temi approfonditi successivamente da ...

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Kuno

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Label: Workin' Label
Released: 2020
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