Steve Day is a writer, poet, musician, working within jazz/contemporary music and literature.

 

"There are gatherings, we know that.  Murmurings, we know that, it won't be over until the dance is done."  


 

 Murmuration, the title track from the new 2016 album by Blazing Flame released by Leo Records.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Steve Day is a writer, poet and percussionist and among the few independent British jazz writers to be quoted in the definitive 'Penguin Guide to Jazz' (Cook/Morton). "Writer Steve Day spins out a complicated conceit in his liner-notes, aligning this group (Anthony Braxton's Ninetet) with the 'Birth of the Cool' band and Braxton's new music with Miles Davis's innovations of the 50's. Temperamentally, it's probably difficult to imagine two musicians further apart, but it's clear that Miles has become an important resource and quiddity for Braxton in the later 90's and Day's analysis, lateral as it is, ends up absolutely on the money."


He contributes monthly reviews and regular articles to the online What's New magazine hosted by www.sandybrownjazz.co.uk   Steve Day is also currently working on a book about the legendary Russian ensemble, the Ganelin Trio. He is a member of the collaborative called Blazing Flameall of their material is based on Steve's songs/poetry and performed within the context of improvisation with some scored elements.  The band feature Keith and Julie Tippett as well as Peter Evans and Aaron Standon from The Bird Architects.  Five films made in 2015 are now available of the band.  A new 2016 album, Murmuration, has just been released by Leo Records.

 

 

About Steve Day:  

 

Barry McRae (Jazz Journal):  "He includes himself in the world around him. The important point is that Day is a real writer."  

 

Francesca Odila Bellino (All That Jazz):  '.....simply amazing.... music to be enchanted by ..... this is beautiful as only stories told in poetry know how to be.'

 

Steve Day has recorded three CD's for Leo Records under his own name; 'Visitors' (LR 567), 'Song of The Fly' (LR 600) and 'Strewn With Pebbles' (LR 645) plus, 'Blazing Flame Play High Mountain Top' (LR 687) and the new album by Blazing Flame, Murmuration  (LR 756).  All the words and the stories on these albums are by Steve.   

 

Taran's Free Jazz Hour (2) have produced a pod-broadcast featuring the two opening tracks from Murmuration.  The whole show is click to listen.  The Flame are featured at 1:14.35 on the timer.   There is another Taran's Free Jazz Hour (1) broadcast click featuring two tracks from High Mountain Top.  This programme also features Taran Singh giving a superb reading of Langston Hughes' Six-Bits Blues

 

 

 

 

                                              

 His books include:

 

'Ornette Coleman: Music Always' and 'Two Full Ears: Listening to Improvised Music', (Soundworld), now described as indie classics. He contributed the chapter 'Free Jazz' to 'Masters of Jazz Saxophone', edited by Dave Gelly, (Miller Freeman Books) and produces liner notes for labels such as Leo, FMP and Splasch.  Musicians include: Anthony Braxton (USA), Antonio Moncada (Sicily), Carlo Actis Dato (Italy), Paul Dunmall (UK), Frank Gratkowski (Poland) and Mark O'Leary (Ireland).