Wes Gillespie / music critic for All That Jazz, The Brazilian Mu
It is impossible to pigeon hole Steve as the quality of his playing is certainly
This album is probably closer to his professional training than his excellent Blue River outing which fuses Brazilian, contemporary and classical music styles.Residing in Colorado Springs in the USA, Steve seems to be influenced by his environment, his friends and the people he communicates with. This is translated into his melodies, which caress the listener as opposed to be musically force-fed."Moments in Movement", as the name suggests, was in part inspired by dance. The tempo, feel and subtlety of his playing are like a ballet with a wonderful grace, progression and fluidity.The nine tracks on the CD take the listener on an unhurried journey of easy listening, which is in fact, Steve's trademark. My favorite track on the CD is haunting 'Among Other Things' which cascades on the eardrum like a feather dancing in the wind.Composing original tracks with precise content and quality has lead Steve to perform with various symphony orchestras in the US and Europe, film scores and to write books dedicated to the furtherment of musicians both young and old.His book entitled 'The Source' has been widely acclaimed and endorsed by industry icons such as Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Mann and Clark Terry. His album 'Blue River' and killer cut 'Wish Upon a Canvas' was and still is a favorite on that great US syndicate show 'The Sounds of Brazil' presented by my friend Scott Adams
It is always easier for the reader to evaluate an album review when likened to another artist and recording. It is impossible to pigeon hole Steve as the quality of his playing is certainly as proficient as any of the great composers but in terms of Jazz artists, Steve may be compared to Dave Grusin and his wonderful 'One of a Kind' set. I know that Steve, like Dave, also composes soundtracks.'Moments in Movement' is the ideal remedy to this hectic lifestyle in the twentieth century. It is certain that Steve will compose some more tranquil and soothing albums for us to enjoy as we approach a new millenium which promises to be just as chaotic as the end of the previous one. Everyone needs a copy of this CD to return to some sort of sanity.Steve plays Steinway pianos and is provided with a concert grand at any venue worldwide by this leading manufacturer.
Review by Wes Gillespie, music critic for All That Jazz, The Brazilian Music Review, and Sony Jazz.