Contemporary post bop edge Steve Million – JAZZWORDS: Nothing gives me more pleasure than opening up a CD and finding new and refreshing jazz from new artists with a contemporary post-bop edge… pianist and arranger Steve has put together an album that gives you exactly that… though I didn’t find any LIVE performances, you can listen to the entire album by clicking on the image below…
Several other albums are available, too, when you SUBSCRIBE to Steve’s YouTube topic channel, as I did (right away).
One of the main things that attracted me to Steve’s highly creative music in the immediate is his affinity for words integrated with jazz… his performance with Sarah Marie Young on the 5:15 “Hymnal” shows the significant skills of both artists; I predict that DJ’s of all stripes will be choosing this for frequent rotations on their playlists!
There’s a unique expression of joy on “Loss“, made totally refreshing by carefully penned lyrics that Sarah makes come alive for you… truly a story of love that will enchant.
In addition to Steve’s high-energy piano and Sarah’s excellent vocal work, you’ll also hear sax/flute from Jim Gailloreto, bass by John Sims and drums from Juan Pastor… from a jazz standpoint, you won’t find better than you’ll hear on the lively “Nika’s Changes“… this is another tune that will be getting a LOT of airplay!
It was easy for me to make my choice for personal favorite of the eight exciting performances offered up… “Missing Page” has a pulsing drive under sweet vocals from Sarah… I will be listening to this song over & over again.
I give Steve and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information on Steve’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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