Excellent new jazz inspirations Stéphane Spira – New Playground

Excellent new jazz inspirations Stéphane Spira – NEW PLAYGROUND:  Stéphane’s marvelous soprano saxophone artistry is wonderfully complimented by Joshua Richman on piano & Fender Rhodes; Steve Wood playing bass and Jimmy Macbride’s superb drums… to watch them in action, catch their trailer video for the album…

…of course, I would have liked to have seen that video in “live” mode (maybe on the next album); but, if you SUBSCRIBE to Stéphane’s YouTube channel, he has lots of other live performances captured there.

What I noticed when listening through the album the first time is the absolute precision of the recording… you’ll hear what I mean (right away) when you listen to tunes like the beautiful “New York Windows“… not only is the song ultra-hip & swingin’, but every single NOTE is captured in the recording!

Stéphane is well-traveled, having started in Paris, then on to Saudi Arabia, back to Paris and now residing in NYC… it was amazing as I read that he is self-taught… as you listen to his performance on the title track, “New Playground“, you’ll find that as hard to believe as I did… he’s pure professional, through & through… I have no doubt that jazz DJ’s across the globe are going to pick up this tune, and you’ll hear it in rotations for a long time to come.

Of the eight all-original tunes by Stéphane, it was easy to choose my personal favorite… the closer, “Solid Wood“, features a super slinky Fender Rhodes intro from Joshua, that segues oh-so-nicely into one of the tastiest soprano sax compositions you’ve ever heard… a SUPERB piece of jazz!

I give Stéphane and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent jazz adventure… learn more about Stéphane by reading his BIO.         Rotcod Zzaj


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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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