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Dayna Stephens

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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Standing by The Crossroads

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2022
Track listing: Standing by The Crossroads; Habana Blues Chronicle; Solitaria; Panal de Abejas; Picture Window; I Belong to You; Keep the Eyes on the Bull; San Isidro - Part I; San Isidro _ Part II; Song for Freedom; Yo Soy Lori Oba; No Man's Land.

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Valse Sinistre

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Little Melonae; Never Ends; Valse Sinistre; Laura; Frankenstein; Changes for Trane & Monk; Clara’s Room; Reconfirmed; Lawra.

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Lotus Blossom Days

Label: ViBu Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: If You Never Fall In Love With Me/Del Sasser Close Your Eyes Love Spell Lotus Blossom Days Bittersweet Watch Out/ The Sidewinder A Long Way To Go/ Equinox It's Over Now/ Well You Needn't You Don't Have To Believe This Time The Dream's On Me Siren Song Out Of This World

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Article: Album Review

Billy Drummond and Freedom of Ideas: Valse Sinistre

Read "Valse Sinistre" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As one of the world's foremost jazz drummers, Billy Drummond manages to keep busy--so much so that Valse Sinistre, recorded in November 2021, is his first album as leader in more than twenty-five years, following the critically acclaimed Dubai from 1996. This time around, Drummond is at the helm of his Freedom of Ideas quartet: Micah ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins

Read "Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a new super jazz group Pluto Juice, we begin the 745th Episode of Neon Jazz with the 2022 song “Pluto and Beyond." The band includes Dayna Stephens and we play on song off his 2015 album Reminiscent. From there, we get into new music from Gregg Hill, Remy Le Boeuf and Micah Graves. Kansas City ...

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Bud Powell in the 21st Century

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Bud Powell in the 21st Century, part I: Choral; Bud Powell in the 21st Century, part II: Continuity; Celia; Tempus Fugit; Five Simple Spells: I. Chorale; Bouncing with Bud; Five Simple Spells: II. Waltz; Wail; Five Simple Spells: III. Chorale; Dance of the Infidels; Five Simple Spells: V. Moderato; 52nd Street Theme; Five Simple Spells: V. Ballad; I'll Keep Loving You; Nobile Paradiso; Un Poco Loco.

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Pluto Juice

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Welcome to our Snow Globe; Pluto and Beyond; Outskirts of Neptune; Rolly Polly Universe; Trial on Mars; Zoomed Out; Green Gargantua; Approaching Pluto; Lies that Tell the Truth.

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Elegy for an Undiscovered Species

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Elegy for an Undiscovered Species; Two Ears Old; In Three; Expeditor; Longing; The Greater Fool; Two Ears Old (reprise).


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