Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard, the Dayna Stephens quartet

It was Lionel Loueke during a 2012 interview that I conducted with him for a piece run in Jazzwise who mentioned the name of Dayna Stephens to me, the first time I had heard of the saxophonist. Back then I wasn't familiar with the name but thought …

Published: 4 Oct 2020. Updated: 11 days.

It was Lionel Loueke during a 2012 interview that I conducted with him for a piece run in Jazzwise who mentioned the name of Dayna Stephens to me, the first time I had heard of the saxophonist. Back then I wasn't familiar with the name but thought that I'd watch out for his records and try to hear him live some time given Lionel's admiration for him as a player. While I still have not managed to hear the American live since then, I have heard a few of Dayna's records and liked Gratitude most and also appreciated Liberty, too. I've been listening to Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard on and off for the last few days and aim to keep returning to it. A quartet album, the pianist Aaron Parks, Ben Street on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums join the leader. Comments? Well, very briefly, it's excellent. “Every time I count off a tune it begins a new journey, even more so with different personnel,” Stephens says in the notes on Bandcamp. Begin your journey into the inspiring Stephens sound, destination 7th Avenue South – today. SG

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Pulsating tracks from debuting Mariana Zwarg sextet stream

Quite something here, Hermeto Pascoal's god daughter flautist and composer Mariana Zwarg has a new album Nascentes out next week with her sextet, her first album as a leader. Songs are Mariana originals, a Pascoal, and from her father – Hermeto …

Published: 3 Oct 2020. Updated: 18 days.

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Quite something here, Hermeto Pascoal's god daughter flautist and composer Mariana Zwarg has a new album Nascentes out next week with her sextet, her first album as a leader. Songs are Mariana originals, a Pascoal, and from her father – Hermeto bassist Itiberê Zwarg, Out on the Scubidu label.