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Steve Wood started his professional training at Oakland University where he studied with Marvin "Doc" Holladay and Sam Sanders. He also studied with legendary trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave in his Jazz Development Workshop. In 1990 Steve won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study with jazz great, George Coleman. In his professional career Steve has performed with many of the world's finest jazz musicians. He has released two CD's as a leader, "Unanswerable Questions" on Alembic records in 1993 and "Deep Woods" on Corridor Records in 2000. A quintet co-led with tenor saxophonist Carl Cafagna released the CD "Detroit Tenors" on the Detroit Music Factory label in 2019

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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
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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 ...

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Joe Syrian's Motor City Jazz Octet: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Motor City Jazz Octet numbers in its ranks thirty or more of the Detroit metropolitan area's most accomplished musicians, eight of whom actually perform together at any given moment. Because of that, and some other quirks, the octet's debut album, Sanctuary, is in some respects a study in confusion. A press release accompanying the album, ...

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Brad Felt Nu Quartet Plus: First Call

Read "First Call" reviewed by John Barron


Veteran Detroit jazz musician Brad Felt has been championing the role of the euphonium and tuba as front-line instruments for over thirty years. Felt has an extensive sideman résumé, having performed with notable artists such as Roy Brooks, Martha Reeves and Howard Johnson's Gravity. First Call is an introduction to Felt's progressive jazz ensemble Nu Quartet ...


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