STEVE SLAGLE

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Steve Slagle was born in Los Angeles, California where he got his first saxophone and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a DownBeat scholarship. One of his first gigs, at the age of 18, was in the Stevie Wonder Band, in Boston. Berklee is also where he met many musicians from all over the world whom he still remains close with. With his eyes on New York City, Steve moved there permanently in 1977, where he started to work with Machito and the Afro-Cuban Orchestra (lead alto) which was the band Charlie Parker and Dizzy had played with, as well stints with Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Cab Calloway. All of this was great once in a lifetime experience which you cant get any other way than doing it.

But his first recordings and tours in Europe were with The Steve Kuhn Quartet, following that with a stint
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STEVE SLAGLE Steve Slagle, Mike Stern, Teddy Saunders, Harvie Swartz, Victor Lewis : High Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Slagle, Mike Stern, Teddy Saunders, Harvie Swartz, Victor Lewis : High Standards
Hard Bop 1982
STEVE SLAGLE Rio Highlife album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rio Highlife
Fusion 1986
STEVE SLAGLE Smoke Signals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smoke Signals
Post Bop 1991
STEVE SLAGLE The Steve Slagle Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Steve Slagle Quartet
Hard Bop 1993
STEVE SLAGLE Our Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Our Sound
Post Bop 1995
STEVE SLAGLE Spread The Word album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spread The Word
Nu Jazz 1995
STEVE SLAGLE Reincarnation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reincarnation
Hard Bop 1995
STEVE SLAGLE Alto Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alto Blue
Hard Bop 1997
STEVE SLAGLE Slagle Plays Monk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slagle Plays Monk
Hard Bop 1998
STEVE SLAGLE New New York album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New New York
Hard Bop 2000
STEVE SLAGLE Evensong album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evensong
Hard Bop 2013
STEVE SLAGLE Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell: The Power Of Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell: The Power Of Two
Hard Bop 2015
STEVE SLAGLE Alto Manahattan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alto Manahattan
Hard Bop 2016
STEVE SLAGLE Dedication album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dedication
Hard Bop 2018
STEVE SLAGLE Spirit Calls album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit Calls
World Fusion 2019

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STEVE SLAGLE Dedication

Album · 2018 · Hard Bop
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By the time Steve was 18 he was already playing with Stevie Wonder, and since the Seventies he has followed a path that has seen him lead his own bands, played in others, and more recently has been in the Slagle/Stryker band. Guitarist Dave Stryker is special guest on this album, playing on six of the nine songs, and composing one of them (there is just one other non-Slagle original here, Wayne Shorter's 'Charcoal Blues"). Each of the nine songs here are dedicated to someone or something in particular, such as "Sun Song" being for Sonny Rollins, while "Sofi" is for Steve's own daughter, Sophia.

When someone has been performing at the top of the game for forty years they are able to easily find star musicians to play with them, and each of those on this album need special mention as the combination of their talents is just superb. Lawrence Fields has an incredibly delicate touch on piano, either taking the lead, providing simple chords as an accompaniment or duetting gracefully with Steve. Scott Colley never seems to take a rest on his bass, as he moves all over the instrument providing counter-melodies, and drummer Bill Stewart is never content to sit in just one style or beat as provides fills, rim shots and breaks while somehow keeping it all together. Roman Diaz only features on five of the nine songs, but the use of conga and percussion adds a very Latin feel to the sound when he is involved.

Then of course there is the man himself out front, providing fluid solos and always leading the way. He also allows plenty of space within the arrangements so that his playing maintains its impact and never becomes just a blur of notes, but he keeps the soul of the music alive and swinging. There is always plenty of room for everyone to shine, and the vitality of the album is incredibly infectious. Music to make the jazz lover smile

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