Tim Stevens Trio
This edition of the Tim Stevens Trio was formed in 2002, and features Ben Robertson (double bass), Dave Beck (drums) and Tim Stevens (piano). The band is based in Melbourne, Australia, and performs Stevens’ original compositions alongside spontaneous collective improvisation.
Three friends in winter (2005)
‘The success of the venture as a whole, however, has less to do with the season than with Stevens’ intelligent intuition for form. He has a particular ability to take whatever has just happened and render it musically logical by his rejoinder…this is generally a beautiful album, as well as being a brave one.’ John Shand, Limelight
‘Tim Stevens has perhaps the lightest touch of all Australian jazz pianists. Certainly he has the quietest sound.
‘Yet in person his playing has real presence. On disc you should turn the volume up to experience his singular opalescence.
‘It seemed unlikely his trio would produce a series of free improvisations, but there they are in the most compelling of their discs. Free improvisation is as often meditative as it is clamorous. There are brief sharp clamours here, but this is essentially an essay in space and tone. It is very compositional, with each instrument working against the others thoughtfully.
‘The music unfolds with engrossing logic, exploiting the drama of the pause and sudden lyrical flow. It allows the players – particularly drummer Dave Beck – to expose new expressive potentials.
‘The opening suite, inspired by the Chinese painting, Three Friends Of Winter, is thoroughly unified and beautiful. For all the decades of practising technique and learning traditional rules, Chinese paintings are often executed with great spontaneity. The Tim Stevens Trio has found a musical equivalent.’ John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald