Dayna Stephens Quartet: ‘Right Now! The Dayna Stephens Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard’ (Contagious Music)

This uniformly satisfying two-CD set, recorded at Manhattan’s famed nightclub in February 2019, showcases saxophonist Dayna Stephens in his lyrical wheelhouse. A thoughtful, serpentine improviser, Stephens flourishes in medium-tempo journeys where he can lead as much by implication as direction; the other members of the quartet — pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Ben Street and drummer...

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