The Weekend Australian - Review
TIM STEVENS TRIO
Bridget Cormack learns about a new Noongar language dub of Bruce Lee classic Fist of Fury
One of the qualities I most admire in a jazz group is nonchalance. I don’t hear it much in today’s albums, as it is often overridden by other forces in the music. Occasionally an album comes along where, as the music unfolds, I feel that the musicians are not trying to make it happen; they are allowing it to happen, and have surrendered themselves to the music. This is so with the brilliant trio led by Melbourne pianist Tim Stevens, which handles all time-feels with aplomb. Perhaps this is because he, Ben Robertson (bass) and Dave Beck (drums) have been together for 15 years and an intuitive trust unites them. No one is trying to impress; no one is trying too hard. The result is an outstanding album, a masterly exploration of 10 beautiful Stevens compositions.