Kevin Stevens

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

Heaven and Earth
Kevin Stevens travels to Ethiopia to find a tradition that has flourished against the odds.
Will Vinson (alto saxophone), Lage Lund (guitar), Ben Street (bass), Jochen Rueckert (drums), JJ Smyth’s, Dublin, 17 January 2010
I Feel a Draught
Lester Young — musical visionary and ensemble journeyman, hipster icon and distant loner — was the most influential instrumentalist in early jazz but, in his prime, never led his own band. On the fiftieth anniversary of his death, we remember the life of an artist who laid the groundwork for the revolution that was to come.
Métier
Métier: Michael Buckley (saxophones), Justin Carroll (Fender Rhodes), Joe O’Callaghan (guitar), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Sean Carpio (drums), Cabinteely House, County Dublin, 15 October 2009
Mouthpiece, Diatribe (DIACD009)
ZeitgeistFresh Sound New Talent LRP 005It is nearly three years since drummer Kevin Brady formed his current trio with fellow Dubliner Dave Redmond and the mercurial American pianist Bill Carrothers. That the group has developed and sustained a deep musical...
OvernightReMark RecordsOver the last couple of years, the young Belfast guitarist Mark McKnight has been quietly building on a stateside jazz education in New York and Boston, completed in 2006. Several European tours, appearances at a variety of festivals,...
The Olympia Theatre, Dublin10–11 June 2009Ry Cooder’s career has included so many reinventions it has been hard to keep track. He started forty years ago with a string of recordings that spectacularly re-imagined American vernacular music, from...
J.J. Smyth’s, Dublin15 March 2009It is surprising that jazz, which owes so much to its African roots, does not return to the creative well of African culture more often. West African music in particular reminds us of all that is shared by the two traditions...
Si Dolce è il TormentoDiatribe DIACD003Francesco Turrisi is an Italian pianist, accordionist and percussionist who has been brightening the Irish jazz scene with his unique blend of influences since moving to Dublin three years ago. With a pedigree...
TogethernessLiving Room Project (LRP 004)Since its debut early last year, the Dublin quartet Togetherness has grown into one of the leading lights of the Irish jazz scene. Impressive performances at 12Points! and the Bray Jazz Festival demonstrated the group’s...
Music Beyond the Curtain
The roll of jazz in Eastern Europe through the decades
Village Music
The 12 Points! festival overrides old ‘European jazz’ tags
Live: Buffalo Collision
Ethan Iverson (piano), Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Hank Roberts (cello), Dave King (drums)The Sugar Club, Dublin28 January 2009What happens when buffaloes collide? A lot of dust and thunder. Or, musically, an improvised, conversational clash of sounds and...
CD Reviews: Organics
Liquid SunshineLiving Room Project LRP 003The Hammond organ has a venerable jazz history. After its invention in 1934, its widespread adoption by African-American churches gave it rich, gospel overtones that carried into jazz and R&B in the 50s and...
Hearing Voices
Kevin Stevens meets the innovative saxophonist David Murray
CD Reviews: Trihornophone
Breathing TimeDiatribe DIACD004 Since forming in Dublin four years ago, the lively, progressive quartet Trihornophone has been intriguing audiences with improvised music that is playful, open, and always fresh. With Breathing Time, their second album,...
Sunflowers
Jazz in Marciac in the south of France, and Dún Laoghaire’s Festival of World Cultures
CD Reviews: Simon Jerymn
Simon Jermyn’s Trot A MouseFSNT 318Dublin bassist Simon Jermyn’s new recording on the Barcelona label Fresh Sounds has been gestating for a while. Written over two years in a variety of global locations and recorded in Brooklyn in January...
John Abercrombie (guitar), Michael Buckley (saxophone), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Joey Baron (drums)Whelan’s, Dublin14 September 2008Since moving from Berklee College to New York City in 1969, guitarist John Abercrombie has brought his superb technique...
Kevin Stevens meets two new collectives in the Irish jazz scene.
CD Reviews: Métier
CascadeImprovised Music Company The release of Cascade is an important event, not just because of the quality of the music, which I’ll get to in a moment, but also for the circumstances of its origin and production. As Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown...
Dave Binney (alto saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano), Scott Colley (bass), Brian Blade (drums)Whelan’s, Dublin 12 May 2008 Over the last few months, music fans here have been treated to a steady flow of visiting artists who, in one way or another, are...
Think Global, Play Local
Now in its ninth year, the Bray Jazz festival in May has emerged as the leading Irish jazz festival after Cork. Kevin Stevens was there.
CD Reviews: Cormac Kenevey
The Art of DreamingCandid Records, CCD 79853Cormac Kenevey has been busy this year: a slew of Irish gigs, a pair of nights at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Club in Soho, radio and television appearances, and album launches in Dublin, London and Dubai...
Michael Buckley (tenor saxophone, flute), Justin Carroll (piano), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), David Lyttle (drums) & Greg Osby (alto saxophone)JJ Smyth’s, Dublin24 February 2008The enrichment of jazz education in Ireland in recent years has created many...
Outer Way
Kevin Stevens considers the career of guitarist John McLaughlin ahead of his first appearance in Dublin.
Now's The Time: The State of Irish Jazz
The jazz scene in Ireland has witnessed a rush of young talent and now plays host to a long list of international artists. Kevin Stevens looks at the range of music out there and explores the next steps for Irish jazz.
Common GroundLRP Music, LRP002Among the notable features of the Irish jazz scene in recent years has been the emergence of several outstanding keyboard trios, including the Phil Ware Trio and Organics, both of which are rhythmically anchored by drummer Kevin...
Live Reviews: Pharoah Sanders Quartet
Pharoah Sanders Tripod, Dublin3 February 2008 Though tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has been performing and recording steadily for over half a century, most listeners associate him with the short period over forty years ago when he played alongside...