"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."
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."
Joshua Breakstone (Jazz Guitarist, commenting on a review): "Your knowledge of my own background, of the group itself, as well as your comments from a historical perspective on the three tunes you focused on was fabulous....I learned a lot from what you had to impart...."
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, Loz Speyer's Inner Space (UK), Frank Gratkowski (Poland) and Mark O'Leary (Ireland).
Photograph credits on this website: Jon Ogborne, Steve Gear, Aaron Standon, Anton Henley & The Dark Room