...(Haugland is) a mature, substantive improviser...
From intimate readings of jazz standards to their wide-ranging originals, the duo of saxophonist Stephen Jones and pianist Ben Haugland display an easy and compelling rapport. Now anchoring the jazz program at Texas Tech, they both have had long careers teaching, publishing, recording and performing, each beginning with stints in the North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band at different times. Inspired by the musical challenges of duo performances, they have developed a masterful and imaginative creative dynamic that coalesces on jazz classics such as "Without a Song" and John Lewis's "Milestones," or through their 5 melodic originals. They're also joined on two compositions by trumpeter and colleague Kevin Whalen.
1 Without a Song 7:12 (Vincent Youmans)
2 Silhouette 6:17 (Haugland)
3 Milestones 6:03 (John Lewis)
4 Evening Song 7:01 (Haugland)
5 Autumn in New York 8:55 (Vernon Duke)
6 Road to Nowhere 7:24 (Jones)
7 A Hidden Walk 5:33 (Haugland)
8 Second First 6:24 (Jones)
9 Estaté 9:26 (Bruno Martino)
Produced by Ben Haugland and Stephen Jones
Recorded by Hideki Isoda
Assistant Engineer: Saikat Karmakar
at Crickets Theatre, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences
Lubbock, TX, August 2-3, 2021
Mixed & mastered by Hideki Isoda
at Texas Tech University School of Music
Front cover photo by Stephen Jones
Band Photo by Karina Dozal
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
WTJU (Russell Perry)
Colleagues at the jazz program of Texas Tech, saxophonist Stephen Jones and pianist Ben Haugland play a program of five originals and four jazz classics. Colleague and trumpeter Kevin Whalen joins for two pieces. You don't often see this piano – sax duo lineup (e.g. Joey Calderazzo – Branford Marsalis, 2010's Songs Of Mirth And Melancholy), n ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Pianist Ben Haugland joins forces with Stephen Jones on soprano and tenor saxes for some wonderfully lyrical and conversant duets. Kevin Whalen adds his trumpet and flugelhorn to a sweet "Silhouette" and lilting "Autumn In New York", but after that, it's sound and space. Jones goes bel canto with his tenor on "Estate" and bluesy with the soprano on ...
Jazz Views (UK) (Ed Sapiega)
Stephen Jones is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor at Texas Tech University and the coordinator of the Texas Tech/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival. He has played with artists including Dave Brubeck, Conti Candoli, Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, and Tom Harrell. Ben Haugland is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University. Haugl ...