Giant Steps by Chip Stephens
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About the Album
Pianist Chip Stephens and saxophonist Glenn Wilson present a stunning recording of piano/baritone saxophone duets featuring some jazz standards and two original compositions reharmonized and performed with the freedom of expression that can only come from two jazz masters immersed deeply in their craft. Stephens and Wilson have played together for over 18 years and the duo is two years old. With advanced and interesting reharmonizations and without the bass and drums to hold down the rhythm, they take off on flights of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic fancy at a moment’s notice. As Wilson comments, “We never play anything the same way once.” The album is a unique collaboration between two jazz masters who are not afraid to let the music and melody speak for itself. Jazz aficionados will appreciate the sophisticated harmonic arrangements of these songs, but non-jazzers can just revel in the beauty of the low horn's unexpectedly broad range and rich timbres, turned to song by a lyrical yet tough melody-maker, and the piano's grand as well as close-up possibilities, brought to life by an inventive improviser with a deft touch.
Giant Steps; My Romance; Adams Park (For Pepper); In a Mellow Tone (Melatonin'); Sadness and Soul; Spring is Here; 'Round Midnight; Countdown; Our Love is Here to Stay.
March 31, 2020
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