Dedication

by Bill Stevens

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dedication 1. the act of dedicating, dedicating it to a person, cause, etc...

The music on this cd was written from 1988 to 2003 marking a return to the Jazz tradition while giving thanks to my family and to the giants of Jazz. The majority of this music was recorded in one take giving the best example of this band as if in a live setting.

Special Subji: While attending a street fair, I came upon a gentleman who had two signs over the pots in front of him. They read Subji and Special Subji. Curious, I asked what Subji was. He replied, “Stuff and Special Stuff!” This composition is dedicated to Lee Morgan during his tenure with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
For You: This composition is For You Laura, I love you.
The Gift: ... is for the marvelous Freddie Hubbard.
The Master: My tribute to two compositional giants, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn.
Sphere: ...is dedicated to Theolonius Sphere Monk.
Svengali: I pay homage to Gil Evans and to one of the great collaborations in music history, Gil Evans and Miles Davis.
If You Know What I Mean: The line for this minor blues is dedicated to Woody Shaw.
Untitled Ballad: ...is in memory of my friend, bassist Ted Young.
Actually: ...is dedicated to McCoy Tyner.
Miles to Go (a suite in four stylistic movements): Dedicated to Miles Davis. Movement one brings to mind the Birth of the Cool. Movement two is based on Miles modal period. The third movement is for the second great quintet (1964 to 1968) and finally, the most controversial period of all, electric Miles. The playing on the fourth movement is dedicated to the “Lost Quintet” (1970). This composition is also dedicated to the greatest joy in my life, my son Miles.

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released June 28, 2003

Bill Stevens Dedication

1. Special Subji
2. For You
3. The Gift
4, The Master
5. Sphere
6. Svengali
7. If You Know What I Mean
8. Untitled Ballad
9. Actually
10. Miles to Go (a suite in four stylistic movements)

All compositions by Bill Stevens 2003

Bill Stevens trumpet & flugelhorn
Charlie Gushee tenor & soprano saxophone
Terry Schwandron trombone
Elliott Honig piano & fender rhodes
Rich Russo bass
Don Perman drums

Recorded at Peter Karl Audio Services, Brooklyn, N.Y.
June 28, 2003
Peter Karl, engineer & Lew Miller, assistant

Produced by Bill Stevens
a milessmiles production

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Bill Stevens New York, New York

Bill Stevens has received degrees from Fredonia State University and the University of Miami. He has performed with Billy Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines and Spyro Gyra. Bill has been the recipient of grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has held the position of the Director of Jazz Studies at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City ... more

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