Radar: Saxophonist Dayna Stephens Leads an All-Star Crew on 'Gratitude'

Mar 31, 2017

Dayna Stephens' saxophone playing is vigorous, edge-walking and full of soulful imaginative expressions — a place where a listener gets to journey and Stephens finds answers. Gratitude is a beautiful follow up to his 2014 album, Peace. Returning are pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Eric Harland. There's one Stephens composition, "The Timbre of Gratitude," along with interpretations of Billy Strayhorn (where Stephens shares a beautiful baritone), Pat Metheny and others.

1) Emilie (Olivier Manchon) 2) In A Garden (Aaron Parks) 3) Amber Is Falling (Michelle Amador) 4) Woodside Waltz ( Julian Lage) 5) We Had A Sister (Pat Metheny) 6) The Timbre Of Gratitude (Dayna Stephens) 7) Isfahan (Billy Strayhorn) 8) Don't Mean A Thing At All ( Rebecca Martin) 9) Clouds (Massimo Biolcati) & Clouds (Louis Cole)