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Michael Stephans

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Michael has performed and/or recorded with a wide array of jazz artists, including Bob Brookmeyer, Bennie Maupin, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Copland, Drew Gress, Dave Stryker, Jim Ridl, Steve Varner, Zach Brock, Uri Caine, Marty Ehrlich, Charlie Byrd, Francois Moutin, Vic Juris, Tim Hagans, Clay Jenkins, Don Menza, Bob Sheppard, Theo Saunders, Chris Symer, Henry Robinett, Joe Gilman, Larry Koonse, Putter Smith, Phil Ranelin, Buddy Colette, Alan Broadbent, Bob Florence, Lynn Arriale, Bud Shank, John Patitucci, Karl Berger, and many others. He has also played with personalities as wildly diverse as The Rolling Stones, Cher, David Bowie, Shirley MacLaine, and Natalie Cole, to name a few. He currently leads a group with Dave Liebman (and sometimes Greg Osby), Marc Copland, and Drew Gress, called Quartette Oblique, and has been a long standing member of the Bennie Maupin Ensemble

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Jazz Standards Volume 2: Then Again

Label: Nefertiti Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Yours Is My Heart Alone; Like Someone In Love; I Thought About You; On The Street Where You Live; Milestones (original version); Body And Soul; How Am I To Know; Darn That Dream; I Love You; It Could Happen To You; Monk's Mood; San Francisco Holiday(Worry Later)

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Dave Liebman tra Maestri e allievi

Read "Dave Liebman tra Maestri e allievi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Classe 1946, Dave Liebman viaggia verso i settantacinque anni, ma li porta con una leggerezza e un'energia che gli permettono un'invidiabile produttività e, soprattutto, un encomiabile e continuo livello qualitativo dei suoi lavori. I tre che prendiamo qui in considerazione sono tutti di uscita recente, anche se la loro registrazione risale in due casi--entrambi live--a qualche ...

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Article: Album Review

Henry Robinett Quartet: Jazz Standards Volume 2: Then Again

Read "Jazz Standards Volume 2: Then Again" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Guitarist Henry Robinett is a patient man. In April 2000, when he was between gigs and bands, he brought together several top players from Northern California and, in two days, recorded two albums the first of which was called Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then (Nefertiti 2019) . Now with the release of ...

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News: Recording

Guitarist/Composer Henry Robinett Releases 20-Year-Old Recording For The First Time, 'Jazz Standards, Vol. 2: Then Again'

Guitarist/Composer Henry Robinett Releases 20-Year-Old Recording For The First Time, 'Jazz Standards, Vol. 2: Then Again'

Guitarist, composer, bandleader, and recording engineer Henry Robinett is releasing Jazz Standards, Vol. 2: Then Again on Nefertiti Records, Robinett’s own label. The album is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2020 release Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then. John Sanders of Jazz Music Archives said, “Henry’s playing is often in a rapid abstract blues bop style, ...

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Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then

Label: Nefertiti Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Hear A Rhapsody; Yellow Days (La Mentira); The Days of Wine and Roses; The Way You Look Tonight; Ill Wind; East of the Sun; Invitation; Soul Eyes; Why Do I Love You?; Pinocchio.

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Article: Album Review

Henry Robinett Quartet: Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then

Read "Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Back in April of 2000, guitarist Henry Robinett convened a quartet in The Hangar, a Sacramento studio where he had been working as an engineer and producer. An intentionally casual session, it was all standards all the way. Over the course of two days, tracks were called, solos and some other specifics were sorted out, and ...

Album

Quartette Oblique

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Nardis; Vertigo; You and the Night and the Music; In a Sentimental Mood; All Blues; Vesper; So What.

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Article: From the Inside Out

Vámanos – Let’s Go!

Read "Vámanos – Let’s Go!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


As jazz continues to indelibly leave imprints on music all over the globe, this column explores everything from classic 1960s and '70 singles from Peru to contemporary updates of traditional blues from Turkey and Greece. Vámanos--let's go! Ҫiğdem Aslan Mortissa Asphalt Tango 2013 Ҫiğdem Aslan was born in the ...

News: Recording

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Since he began to seriously pursue a career as a jazz artist back in the 1960s, Dave Liebman has been on a transformative journey towards becoming a true original in the genre. After assuming sideman slots with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, he has certainly earned ...


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