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Dayna Stephens' 2013 album, That Nepenthetic Place, is the jazz saxophonist's third studio effort and first for Sunnyside Records. The album follows up his 2012 album, Today Is Tomorrow, and once again features a set of swinging, adventurous post-bop cuts. Once again Stephens delves into a mix of standards and originals here, mixing in new compositions with such classics as "But Beautiful" and "Impressions." Joining Stephens is his able-bodied quintet featuring trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Joe Sanders, drummer Justin Brown, and special guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

Customer Reviews

Great record

Great playing, incredible band and beautiful compositions. Highly recommended.

One of the best

everyone's playing on this album is so inspired. One of the best straight-ahead albums in recent years.


Born: August 1, 1978 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Jazz saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens is an adept post-bop-influenced musician who has worked with a bevy of heavy-hitting jazz artists. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephens attended both the Berklee School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz before embarking on his professional career. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Phil Ranelin, Taylor Eigsti, Sachal Vasandani, Gerald Clayton, and Gretchen Parlato, among others. As a leader, he debuted in 2007...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 23, 2013

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