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Nick Stephens

Born: October 27, 1946    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Nick Stephens

Nick started the, free jazz/improvised music, CD label LOOSE TORQUE in 2005 which currently has 22 releases.

Born Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire in 1946. Started first group, playing bass guitar, while still at school and was soon out on the road playing the R&B clubs, dance halls and US Bases of England and Europe. In 1966 he bought his first double bass and joined The Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 1976 Stephens was asked to take his bass guitar along for a blow with John Stevens and altoist Trevor Watts. The result was John Stevens Away (mk II) and was the beginning of a long friendship and musical partnership between Stevens and Stephens. Nick was soon joined, in Away, by double bassist Ron Herman (Spontaneous Music Ensemble) and John and his two bass rhythm section were soon playing to critical acclaim. The group made three albums and two singles for Phonogram -VERTIGO the first single Annie was a very groovy Alternate Charts topper featuring John Martyn. They appeared twice on BBC televisions Old Grey Whistle Test and recorded several sessions for Radio 3's Jazz In Britain (available from Konnex Records) and one for John Peel's show.They made two national tours of big rock venues - one with The Jazz Crusaders - but never lost sight of the collective, group improvisation ethic that John had first nurtured in SME and The Little Theatre Club....
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Awards:

Arts Council Of Great Britain: 2 bursaries for composition and 1 for touring support.

Jazz Services/Arts Council:Just awarded support for Calling Signals UK tour December 2009

”Nick Stephens thrives in a trio where he can soak up space with booming long notes, slip in a sleek line between the splash of cymbals and the texture of a horn, and place otherworldly arco color in the foreground. The bassist is the fulcrum of two of the better albums by improvising trios this year Bill Shoemaker at Point Of Departure

Much more than just a complimentary presence, he draws expertly on his instrument’s wide communicative range to make sustained, substantial and imaginative statements.” --Julian Cowley, The Wire

Nick's powerful and constantly creative bass playing is often at the center of the activity. Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

”Having played with nearly everyone in the improvised scene from the UK, he has developed a language that one can only call his very own.” --Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta

Somewhere Inbetween: John Stevens Away -Vertigo 6360 135

Annie: Away with John Martyn - Vertigo 6059 140

Can’t Explain: Away with Terry Quaye - Vertigo 6059 154

Mazin Ennit: John Stevens' Away -Vertigo 6360 141

Old Grey Whistle Test Take 2: Away - BBC Records BEDP001

Ah! John Stevens Dance Orchestra - Vinyl Records VS111

David Panton Trio: Panton, Stevens, Stephens - PM185

Accent: In Off: Gjerstad, Garred, Stevens, Stephens Circulasione Total 014

Accent - Accent/ Gjerstad, Garred, Stevens, Stephens Circulasione Total 010

Dave Panton's One Music Trio/ Panton, Stevens, Stephens NondoFMC3

Dave Panton Trio - For Some Cats/ Panton, Stevens, Stephens Nondo FMC5

Integration - John Stevens' Away, Red Records RED 009

Mutual Benefit - John Stevens' Away Konnex KCD5061

A Luta Continua - John Stevens Dance Orchestra Konnex KCD 5056

Conversation Piece - John Stevens Konnex KCD5025

The Bible Says - Conglomerate Impetus IMPCD18921

Riot At The Hamborough Tavern - Volume 33 Wenlock Wen008

Live Tracks - John Stevens' Freebop Impetus Records IMP18610

Antwerp 1988 -John Stevens Fast Colour - Loose Torque LT001

This That And The Other with Lol Coxhill and Frode Gjerstad Loose Torque LT003

Calling Signals with Gjerstad, Poulson, Stephens, Moholo Loose Torque LT004

Integration -John Stevens Away Loose Torque LT005

Late For Lunch with Stevens, Topping, Stephens Loose Torque LT006

Nick Stephens Septet At The Plough Stockwell Loose Torque LT007

North Atlantic Drift: Gjerstad, Stephens - Loose Torque LT002

Trio F O Breaking Silence LT010 - Neil Metcalfe, Stephens, Marsh

Gjerstad Stephens Hession Live at the Termite Club LT009

Calling Signals Dreams in Dreams FMRCD177-i0805

Calling Signals Live In The UK FMR CD181-i1005

Born In Brooklyn: Instinctual Eye - Norton, Gjerstad, Stephens Barking Hoop BKH-010

Today's Play: Corbett, Stephens, Marsh - Loose Torque LT011

Freedom Of The City 2006: Todd, Coombes, Stephens, Marsh - Emanem 4139

Desire Lines - The Occasional Quartet - Todd, Coombes, Stephens, Marsh Loose Torque LT012

Don’t Answer It - The Schizo Quartet - Corbett, Stephens. Loose Torque LT013

All Said And Dun - Dunmall, Stephens, Marsh Loose Torque LT016

Dangerous Musics in 91 - Corbett, Stephens, Turner. Loose Torque LT017

Open Port - Circulasione Totale Orchestra

Calling Signals 08 From Cafe Oto - Gjerstad, Coxhill, Nilssen- Love, Stephens Loose Torque LT018

Quiddity - Gjerstad, Stephens, Moholo-Moholo. Loose Torque LT019

Bandwidth - Circulatione Totale Orchestra. Rune Grammofon

Calling Signals 07 From Cafe Sting - Gjerstad, E.One Pedersen, Moholo-Moholo, Stephens Loose Torque LT020

Calling Signals 09 - Gjerstad, Corbett, Nilssen-Love, Stephens. Loose Torque LT021

Attic Antics - Fred Lonburg-Holm, Stephens. Loose Torque LT023

Kongens Gade - Jon Corbett's Dangerous Musics - Corbett, Stephens, Moholo-Moholo. Leo Records LR617

PhilaOslo - Circulasione Totale Orchestra. CT12

Different Times - Gjerstad, Stephens. Loose Torque LT022

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