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.
|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 by Michael Marciano