Criss Cross Jazz 1377 CD

Dayna Stephens

Featuring Walter Smith III

Available: February 17, 2015

For his third Criss Cross release, following Today is Tomorrow (Criss 1345) and I'll Take My Chances (Criss 1361) tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens presents a fresh take on the "saxophone battle" genre in partnership with rising star Walter Smith III, himself the leader of the critically acclaimed III (Criss 1328).

Complemented by a state-of-the-art rhythm section of A-list 30-somethings (Aaron Parks, piano; Mike Moreno, guitar; Harish Raghavan, bass; and Rodney Green, drums) the protagonists juxtapose their distinctive instrumental voices and apply their melody-centric sensibilities to a varied program comprising original music, as well as the iconic two-tenor standard Blues Up And Down and Bill Evans' Blue In Green.

Less a cutting contest than a forum for collective story-telling, REMINISCENT is a tour de force that will repay repeated listenings.

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1. Seems Like Yesterday (Dayna Stephens)  7:34
2. Isn't That So? (Walter Smith III)  6:03
3. Blue In Green (Bill Evans / Miles Davis)  5:44
4. Uncle Jr. (Dayna Stephens)  5:46
5. A New Beginning (Erik Jekabson)  6:36
6. New Day (Dayna Stephens)  5:24
7. Contrafact (Walter Smith III)  5:53
8. Our World (Dayna Stephens)  5:02
9. Walt's Waltz (Walter Smith III)  5:42
10. Blues Up And Down (Gene Ammons / Sonny Stitt)  5:49

Total Time: 59:55
Recorded October 29, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY, USA
Engineer: Michael Marciano (recording / mixing) & Max Ross (mastering)
Producer: Gerry Teekens

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