Joyce Cobb & Michael Jefry Stevens CD Release on Thursday August 19th
Joyce Cobb: vocals & harmonica; Michael Jefrey Stevens: piano; Jonathan Wires: bass Renaldo Ward: drums.
Special event in celebration of our CD release on Archer Records. CDs will be available for purchase at that time and the event is free to the public.
AMRO Music: 2918 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111-2722
(901) 325-6406 | http://www.amromusic.com/
On their resultant self-titled album Joyce Cobb with the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, Stevens leads the rhythm section in deftly complementing Cobb's full range of honey sweet vocals with carefully composed peaks and valleys. Beginning with the distressed album-opening Moanin,'" they collectively deliver 12 tales that ebb and flow as a dialogue between enflamed passions and desperate solitude. Drawing on her own uniquely developed mixture of silky jazz and aching soul, Cobb scours the depths of cheerless heartache ("It's Over Now") and profound longing ("If You Never Come to Me"), before illuminating the heights of hopeful anticipation ("Jitterbug Waltz") and unwavering love ("My Heart Belongs to Daddy," If You Know Love"). Throughout, Stevens provides vibrantly articulated and lyrical solos, as Wires and Ward glide naturally between moods and tempos with remarkable ease and style. The outcome is a magnificently crafted album coursing with life and full of delicate flourishes resulting from an incredible understanding between the full-bodied musical personalities of Cobb and Stevens. Joining her is Memphis-by-way-of-New York pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, who, like Cobb, has never been one to sit idly around. In fact, at present Stevens heads or plays a part in a number of jazz ensembles across the country, having played on 62 released albums during his career. In addition, he was recently honored with an induction into the prestigious and diverse company of Steinway Artists, including past legends like Irving Berlin and Cy Coleman, as well as modern players such as Billy Joel and Harry Connick, Jr.0
Look for Joyce Cobb with the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio online and in stores this summer, after which the ensemble will embark on a US tour this September beginning at the Al Sears Jazz Festival, with European dates in Switzerland, Germany, and more to follow in October.