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Dayna Stephens – Gratitude – Contagious Music 

Dayna Stephens – Gratitude – Contagious Music 

Dayna Stephens – Gratitude – Contagious Music CGM002, 51:28 ****: Tenor saxophonist has a unique approach to jazz! (Dayna Stephens – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone,EWL synthesizer, bass; Julian Lage – guitar; Brad Mehldau – piano, tack piano; Larry Grenadier – bass; Eric Harland – drums, cymbals) Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bay Area, saxophonist Dayna Stephens traveled Eastward to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz and the Berklee School Of Music.He has played with many notable jazz artists including Kenny Barron, Gerald Clayton, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Eric Harland and Ambrose Akinmusire. But Stephens has established himself as a frontman, composer and interpreter. His slow, deliberate development of saxophone melodic lines eschews the overtly flashy improvisational representations of his predecessors and present counterparts. On the latest release Gratitude (his 8th as a band leader), Stephens has reassembled the top-notch group of musicians (Julian Lage/guitar; Brad Mehidlau/piano; Larry Grenadier – bass; Eric Harland – drums)  that graced 2014’s Peace. With appropriate emotion and pathos, Stephens has crafted a musical catharsis of his recovery from a severe medical illness. Gratitude, with only one original number, draws its inspiration from modern composers. The opening track (written by Oliver Manchon) is […]