The Innocence of Spring
Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
1. Boppin' Along 05:18 2. Prelude to a Kiss 07:19 3. Tina's Little Song 07:47 4. On Again, Off Again 05:22 5. The Innocence of Spring 06:44 6. Tune for Dee 06:18 7. Parallel Lines 07:14 8. Waltz for Tomorrow 05:08 9. Criss Cross 03:54
Don Aliquo - Saxophone Michael Jefry Stevens - Piano
Recorded live at Middle Tennessee State University’s Hinton Hall, the release of The Innocence of Spring (ARC- 0736) brings together two veterans of the US jazz scene in saxophonist Don Aliquo and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. In a live performance of raw improvisational clarity and sensitivity, inspiration from the jazz greats of years gone past is evident. Not just in the modern, bebop, post-bop sound, but in the choice of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington tracks which enclose 7 original compositions. On saxophone, Aliquo’s playing - “smooth as silk...with an unfailing feel for breath and phrasing" (All About Jazz) - combines delightfully with that of Michael Jefry Stevens, described by Cadence Jazz Magazine as "a sensitive pianist who ekes out droplets of sparkling gems or volumes of rushing waves…" In an era where albums are often carefully constructed in a studio, this is a rare opportunity to hear two master improvisors at work live, complete with clapping, laughing & cheering from the audience at Hinton Hall.