Dayna Stephens Quartet-Today Is Tomorrow (Criss Cross 2012)
A Bay Area native, tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens makes his auspicious debut on the Criss Cross label with Today Is Tomorrow - a soaring, lyrical, deeply swinging collection of originals and jazz classics (Hoagy Carmichael's Skylark, Joe Henderson's Black Narcissus).
As a 2003 graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Stephens had the
opportunity to work with the likes of Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter and
Herbie Hancock, who helped strengthen his complex sensibility as a
composer and improviser. In recent years Dayna has appeared with the
likes of Carlos Santana, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, Gretchen
Parlato and many others. Joining Stephens on Today Is Tomorrow is
a stellar cast, featuring Aaron Parks on piano and the sturdy rhythm
section of Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Donald Edwards on drums.
Supplementing the lineup are Julian Lage, one of the jazz scene's most
exciting newcomers on guitar, and Michael Rodriguez, a fiery trumpeter
with credits including Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Stephens
pilots them through the set with finesse and heart, proving himself a
player quickly on the rise. amazon.com http://daynastephenssound.com