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Stephane Spira: New Playground

Read "New Playground" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il cinquantatreenne sassofonista parigino Stephane Spira ha una singolare biografia: pur avendo frequentato la musica fin da adolescente, è poi diventato ingegnere e fino a trent'anni ha lavorato in quel settore, vivendo a lungo all'estero; poi, rientrato in patria, ha deciso di prendersi il tempo per perfezionare la sua conoscenza del sax e solo dopo ha ...

New Playground

Label: JAZZMAX
Released: 2018
Track listing: Stéphane Spira

MUSICIAN Born:

Stephane Spira

French-born, New York-based saxophonist Stéphane Spira grew up with jazz the old-school way: in late-night jams and cutting sessions. A protégé of longtime Chet Baker pianist Michel Graillier, Spira's jazz career has taken him from 4 a.m. basement sessions in the underbelly of Paris, through acclaimed collaborations with trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo and pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, to the cutting edge of New York jazz. Trained as an engineer, Stéphane sharpened his chops off the books, after hours, immersing himself in a hard-edged milieu. Perhaps since he honed his chops in the depths of the jazz underground, Spira was spared the awkwardness of growing up in public: Spira's "remarkable maturity” (Radio France) has not gone unnoticed by the critics

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Label: JAZZMAX
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Label: JAZZMAX
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