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Editors’ Notes

The classic ballad is alive and well on Dayna Stephens’ Peace. The saxophonist has a superb band—pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland—on this 2014 gem. Stephens brings great feeling to his baritone sax playing on “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; later in the track the band stretch out, taking the song into new territory. A hushed version of “Deborah’s Theme”—an Ennio Morricone piece from the film Once Upon a Time in America—is buoyed by Grenadier’s arco bass. “Moonglow,” a bass-and-sax duet with a spring in its step, closes the album.

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...
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That Nepenthetic Place, Dayna Stephens
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 23, 2013

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