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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

Improkofiev

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ocean Dance; Lawns; After Rain; Gymnopedie No. 1; Improkofiev Suite (Improkofiev / New York Dream / No Strings Attached).

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Improkofiev

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 7:12

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Stéphane Spira, Giovanni Mirabassi: Improkofiev

Read "Improkofiev" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher

Dwelling on previous influences and past concepts to construct a fresh approach to an idea is a common approach in jazz. The title of this album indicates a pathway into the art of giving classical repertoire some jazz characteristics. Introduced to Prokofiev around 2005 by a Turkish jazz presenter and radio host, Stéphane Spira ...

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Spirabassi: Improkofiev

Read "Improkofiev" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There haven't been many jazz quartets whose front line consists solely of a soprano saxophone (Wayne Shorter's is the only one that springs readily to mind). The cleverly named Spirabassi pairs French-born soprano saxophonist Stephane Spira with Italian-bred pianist Giovanni Mirabassi in a group whose other members are bassist Steve Wood and a second Frenchman, drummer ...

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Stephane Spira: Improkofiev

Read "Improkofiev" reviewed by Edward Blanco

French soprano saxophonist Stephane Spira and Italian-born pianist Giovanni Mirabassi recorded their first album together back in 2009. Improkofiev is the pair's first collaboration since then. After a ten-year period spent in New York, where he developed a flourishing musical career, Spira returned to France and continued his jazz career, reuniting with friend Mirabassi. This album ...

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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

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Peter's Run

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Label: JAZZMAX
Released: 2018
Duration: 06:08

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Dave Liebman, Stéphane Spira and More

Read "Dave Liebman, Stéphane Spira and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The mighty NEA Jazz Master Saxophonist Dave Liebman kicks off this week's episode of Neon Jazz, as we play tracks from legends he played with over the years, like Elvin Jones and the mighty Miles Davis. We also take a look at the new music from the great Jared Sims and hear words of wisdom from ...


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