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Stephen Wood is a composer and performer working out of Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, Ohio. Stephen's main compositional vehicle is The Stephen Wood Ensemble, through which he just released its debut CD, Inaudible

Inaudible is an impressive, full-length record featuring an orchestrated nonet masterfully improvising over Stephen Wood's evocative compositions.

Wood's strengths lie in his versatility, attention to nuance, and thorough understanding of many styles and genres--from the classical to contemporary. Committed to expanding traditional forms, Wood continues to push the relationship between groove and soundscape in his compositions. His creative voice reveals a detailed attention to harmony and rhythm, and a great passion for the expressive power of sound.

Before relocating to Atlanta in 2007, Stephen led the band Postal in Columbus, Ohio

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Panel 3: Cousins -Moderated by Ken Borgers Moderated by Ken Borgers, this panel featured Woody Herman ...

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Article: Album Review

Al Di Meola: Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody

Read "Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody" reviewed by Stephen Wood


Those who follow the guitar world are likely to be familiar with Al Di Meola, either from his stint with Return to Forever or his own,four-decade solo career. As wide-reaching as the possibilities of his fretboard, from electric jazz fusion to acoustic world music, Di Meola has built a reputation as a fantastic guitarist. Unencumbered by ...

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Article: Album Review

Cuong Vu 4-Tet: Leaps of Faith

Read "Leaps of Faith" reviewed by Stephen Wood


Cuong Vu's Leaps of Faith is one of the most creative and thoughtful jazz recordings released so far this year, suggesting that jazz remains alive and thriving. Like the best of contemporary jazz, it's mixture of worlds is both atonal and melodic; free, but following form; complex, while also accessible. This record is ...

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The Stephen Wood Ensemble: Inaudible

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2008

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Take Five With Stephen Wood

Read "Take Five With Stephen Wood" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Stephen Wood: Stephen Wood is a composer and performer working out of Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, Ohio. Stephen's main compositional vehicle is The Stephen Wood Ensemble, through which he just released its debut CD, Inaudible Inaudible is an impressive, full-length record featuring an orchestrated nonet masterfully improvising over Stephen Wood's evocative ...

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Article: Album Review

Chick Corea / Bela Fleck: The Enchantment

Read "The Enchantment" reviewed by Stephen Wood


It is not obvious that music is always musical. Formulaic repetition of past innovations quickly become recognizably trite and, to most ears, off-putting. The duo setting presses a brutal honesty between musicians that has historically not only kept curdled tendencies at bay but has also pushed forth innovation. Jazz musicians of the finest reputation, including guitarists ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvain Luc: Joko

Read "Joko" reviewed by Stephen Wood


Try not to listen to this album. I bet you won't be able to do it. With rich servings of fusion, swing, harmony, captivating guitar fills, and rhythm Joko, the new album from Sylvain Luc, is a gallimaufry of impressive musical feats.What are those feats? Luc manages to put his finger on the pulse ...

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Article: Album Review

John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio: Traneing In

Read "Traneing In" reviewed by Stephen Wood


Guitarist Pat Metheny once said that he didn't often play standards because he felt like he couldn't offer much along the way of a unique interpretation. This paralyzing sensation in the face of prodigious precedent is equally as debilitating when it comes to delivering fresh insights on the music of saxophonist John Coltrane.After listening ...

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Article: Album Review

Metheny Mehldau: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Stephen Wood


One sure sign of musicianship is adaptability. And it is precisely because Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau possess this very quality that Quartet is so captivating. I find it hard to imagine how a pair of musicians could deliver such a subtly different mood in their second release than in their first. But the guitarist and ...


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