Best of 2018 #25: Tim Stevens Double Trio – “with whom you can be who you are”


I really can’t get over how beautifully Tim Stevens unites the free flowing conversation of a piano trio with the soaring harmonies of a string trio.  This isn’t your typical “jazz with strings” session.  There’s a strong modern jazz perspective and an equally strong chamber music influence, and rather than switch roles in a dominant-accompaniment relationship, the pianist gets the two components to enter the same confluence, becoming as one.  As a result, the melodic textures seem endless, and the dual personality of introspective and lively delivers a seriously magnetic charge.  This is music for a lazy morning watching the snow fall and it’s music for the car stereo while speeding between destinations, and, ultimately, it’s music for when you require an infusion of loveliness in your life.

Released on Rufus Records.

Music from Melbourne, Australia.

I wrote about the album for The Bandcamp Daily.

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon