Mark Jefry Stevens is in the enviable position of having almost thirty recording sessions behind him. Drimala Records feel that Aercine
is the pianist's strongest recording since his three famed Mosaic Sextet sessions in the late 1980s. Harvey Sorgen and Mark Feldman were present on those groundbreaking recordings.
Michael Jefry Stevens is influenced on one side by Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk but, on the other, by Mahler, Bartok, Debussy and Ravel. The free jazz environment allows Stevens the luxury of painting his music with a palette containing blues, rock, classical, jazz and funk. The resulting improvisations cannot be pigeonholed.
This reviewer, being a traditionalists, is totally unfamiliar with the world of free-jazz but found much to appreciate and enjoy in spite of my handicap. Roundup
were especially exciting and appealed to my traditional approach to jazz.
Drimala Records are dedicated to all forms of improvisational music and their recordings are available only at their web site. Drop by and have a look. Sound samples are there for your convenience.