Eugenia Choe “Verdant Dream” (SCCD 33137)

SCCD 33137 Eugenia Choe “Verdant Dream”

Korean-born New York-based pianist/composer Eugenia Choe received quite a few superlative reviews for her 2016 debut album “Magic Light” (SCCD 33127) from international press.

Eugenia’s second album here is an impressive display of her original and intriguing compositions presented superbly by her working trio.

Eugenia Choe rode her personally distinctive currents into this amalgamated music and made a magnificent record.” (James Nadal – AAJ on SCCD 33127 Magic Light)

“Everything’s here: the pianist’s exquisite touch, her compositional acumen infused with an alluring and idiosyncratic intelligence, her soul, sympatico trio mates, adept sequencing, and a cool cover photo and design. This could be the debut of the year.”(Dan McClenaghan – All About Jazz)

EUGENIA CHOE piano
DANNY WELLER bass
ALEX WYATT drums

Recorded October 10, 2017

1 VERDANT DREAM (Eugenia Choe) 5:35
2 SUNDAY FATIGUE (Eugenia Choe) 5:53
3 ODD BIRDS (Eugenia Choe) 6:10
4 EVER GREEN (Eugenia Choe) 6:51
5 MIDNIGHT MINGLE (Eugenia Choe) 5:32
6 BLUE IN GREEN (Bill Evans) 4:50
7 WHAT (Eugenia Choe) 4:29
8 MILOMONALO (Eugenia Choe) 4:32
9 KNOCK KNOCK (Eugenia Choe) 6:31
10 WIND CATCHER (Eugenia Choe) 4:58

Total Playing Time 50:08

UPC: 716043313723

Andrew Rathbun “Character Study” (SCCD 31862)

SCCD 31862 Andrew Rathbun “Character Study”

All About Jazz once stated, “Andrew Rathbun is an artist who takes chances with his recordings. You don’t hear any paint-by-the-numbers jazz discs from him.”

This latest release proves again how accurate this statement is. Canadian-born Rathbun has established himself as one of the most compelling voices of American jazz scene today both as performer and as composer. While the composer’s socio-political awareness is manifested in the tune titles, the music which is intellectually emotional speaks louder to our consciousness.

Reedman Andrew Rathbun’s recording dates — dependably rhapsodic, songful, rational — each have plausible logic and worked-out thematic.”
(Fred Bouchard – Downbeat on SCCD 31781 Numbers & Letters)

ANDREW RATHBUN tenor saxophone
TIM HAGANS trumpet
GARY VERSACE piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILL STEWART drums

Recorded December 2017

1 THE GOLDEN FOOL (Andrew Rathbun) 6:09
2 TEAM OF RIVALS (Andrew Rathbun) 6:49
3 ALPHABET DEAF AND FOREVER BLIND (Andrew Rathbun) 8:49
4 HIS QUIET DETERMINATION (Andrew Rathbun) 7:09
5 ETCETERA (Wayne Shorter) 7:10
6 THE LONG AWAKENING (Andrew Rathbun) 9:28
7 CHARACTER STUDY (Andrew Rathbun) 6:41
8 TURMOIL (Andrew Rathbun) 9:05

Total Playing Time 61:17

UPC: 716043186228

Burak Bedikyan “New Beginning” (SCCD 31861)

SCCD 31861 Burak Bedikyan “New Beginning”

Since his CD debut “Circle Of Life“(SCCD 33109) in 2013 followed by two more albums on SteepleChase LookOut label, Turkish/Armenian pianist-composer Bedikyan has been highly acclaimed by the international critics and public alike. New Beginning marks his recent relocation from Istanbul to New York where he feels blessed to be a part of the big jazz scene.

For improvisational music fans there is very little here not to like, flawless. An elegant yet diverse exploration of melodic possibilities. Burak Bedikyan is one of the finest artists on the horizon.”

(Brent Black – criticaljazz.com on 33119 Leap of Faith)

BURAK BEDIKYAN piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded December 2017

1 NO COMPLAINTS (Burak Bedikyan) 3:53
2 SURYA (Burak Bedikyan) 9:20
3 INTERLUDE (Burak Bedikyan) 1:12
4 EPILOGUE (Burak Bedikyan) 3:51
5 AYÇA (Burak Bedikyan) 8:50
6 PRELUDE (Burak Bedikyan) 1:36
7 RUE Dauphin (Burak Bedikyan) 9:05
8 LEO (Burak Bedikyan) 2:51
9 BLUES ME UP (Burak Bedikyan) 5:06
10 THINGS WE ARE (Burak Bedikyan) 9:41
11 STELLA BY STARLIGHT (Victor Young) 7:56
12 MAGIC CARPET (Burak Bedikyan) 5:55

Total Playing Time 69:13

UPC: 716043186129

Kirk Knuffke “Witness” (SCCD 31859)

SCCD 31859 Kirk Knuffke “Witness”

Two extraordinary talents from the two totally independent discipline of art forms are meeting here to create a genuinely unique musical experience for us.

Kirk Knuffke one of the most prominent of jazz cornetist and New York’s up and coming operatic baritone singer Steven Herring present here, to quote the liner-note author Neil Tesser, “an album that juxtaposes conservatory and nightclub, improvisation and spoken word, the sacred and the secular, into one of the most unusual and inventive projects of Knuffke’s career”

Knuffke’s previous release “Cherryco” SCCD 31832 was awarded National Public Radio (USA)’s Jazz Album of the Year 2017.

KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
STEVEN HERRING baritone
BEN GOLDBERG contra alto clarinet, clarinet
RUSS LOSSING piano

Recorded December 2017

1 WITNESS (traditional) 6:34
2 LUSH LIFE (Billy Strayhorn) 9:30
3 RIDE ON, KING JESUS (traditional) 4:58
4 THE SATELLITES ARE SPINNING (Sun Ra) 4:15
5 IAGO’S CREDO (Guiseppe Verdi) 5:54
6 SUBWAY (Kirk Knuffke / Carl Sandburg) 2:34
7 ARIA MUSTAFA (Gioachino Rossini) 6:21
8 CHARADE (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) 7:50
9 STORM (Kirk Knuffke / Kirby Congdon) 3:40
10 THE VOICE (Ellen Mandel /Thomas Hardy) 4:51
11 QUESTO AMOR (Giacomo Puccini) 5:10
12 A CITY CALLED HEAVEN (traditional) 4:50

Total Playing Time 66:23

Arranged by Kirk Knuffke

UPC: 716043185924

Mike Richmond “Tones For Joan’s Bones” (SCCD 31851)

SCCD 31851 Mike Richmond “Tones For Joan’s Bones”

As some of the critics have predicted, Richmond put together another quality cello album here again.

Mike Richmond the Philadelphia-born award-winning bass player with vast experience including playing with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, to mention a few is also a dedicated educator receiving a Teacher of the Year Award from New York University (1994). After the release of his previous album “The Pendulum” SCCD 31826 Richmond has been frequently performing cello as his main instrument.

Mike Richmond’s beautiful new recording – his 11th as a leader – is the first on which he plays cello exclusively .… Richmond and his quartet of seasoned players give the music a ‘singing’ quality something Richmond seeks in all his playing.” (Donald Elfman – New York City Jazz Record on The Pendulum SCCD 31826)

MIKE RICHMOND cello
PETER ZAK piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums

Recorded February 2017

1 BE MY LOVE (Nicolas Brodzsky) 7:43
2 BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP (Donald Kahn) 7:16
3 DOLPHIN DANCE (Herbie Hancock) 9:02
4 SOUL EYES (Mal Waldron) 5:48
5 I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE (Frank Loesser) 7:40
6 I LOVE PARIS (Cole Porter) 7:24
7 BREA’S LULLABY (Luciano Salvatore) 7:31
8 TONES FOR JOAN’S BONES (Chick Corea) 6:56

 

Total Playing Time 59:24

UPC: 716043185122

Stephen Riley “Hold ‘Em Joe” (SCCD 31850)

SCCD 31850 Stephen Riley “Hold ‘Em Joe”

Since Stephen Riley made his recording debut as a leader on SteepleChase with piano-less trio SCCD 31584 Inside Out (2005), this trimmed down format has stayed with Riley on many recordings including this latest album, which pays tribute to the great Sonny Rollins who first recorded this format in 1957.

The tenor saxophone trio is one of the great, if somewhat underutilized line-ups in jazz. Stephen Riley has made a study of the format and delivers a fine addition to a limited canon with Hart-beat…. Hart- Beat is a really solid recording, with some noteworthy playing making it a worthy successor in a lineage of great tenor saxophone trio records.” (Greg Simmons – AAJ on “Hart-Beat” SCCD 31742)

STEPHEN RILEY tenor saxophone
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded April 2017

1 I Never Knew (Ted Fio Rito) 4:59
2 Where Or When (Richard Rodgers) 5:21
3 Hold ‘Em Joe (Harry Belafonte) 5:18
4 Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen) 7:37
5 Three Little Words (Harry Ruby / Burt Kalmar) 4:00
6 Woody ‘n’ You (Dizzy Gillespie) 7:18
7 Almost Like Being In Love (Frederick Loewe) 7:00
8 You’ve Changed (Carl Fischer) 7:32
9 I’m An Old Cowhand (Johnny Mercer) 3:59
10 I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (Victor Young) 7:02
11 The Song Is You (Jerome Kern) 6:29

Total Playing Time 66:37

UPC: 716043185023

Andy Fusco “Turmoil” (SCCD 31843)

SCCD 31843 Andy Fusco “Turmoil”

During the five decades of his career alto saxophonist Andy Fusco has been regarded a musicians’ musician and he has played with numerous artists and led various combination of instrumentation except an ensemble with guitarist. So here’s Andy Fusco’s first ever guitar (pianoless) quartet with venerable veteran John Hart who gives Andy and the group a new space to explore.

“…The chemistry between members of the quintet and their collective wisdom is on a level seldom attained on contemporary mainstream jazz recordings.” (David A. Orthmann – AAJ on Whirlwind SCCD 31811)

ANDY FUSCO alto saxophone
JOHN HART guitar
BILL MOORING bass
RUDY PETSCHAUER drums

Recorded December 2016

1 MINOR LEAGUE (Grant Green) 8:35
2 POLKADOTS AND MOONBEAMS (Jimmy Van Heusen) 7:44
3 LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING (Jerome Kern) 6:09
4 RHAPSODIA (John Hart) 6:22
5 HACKENSACK (Thelonious Monk) 9:46
6 TURMOIL (John Hart) 7:47
7 THE GYPSY (Jule Styne) 9:13
8 BELLA’S BURN (Andy Fusco) 7:34

Total Playing Time 63:14

UPC: 716043184323

Gene Segal “Transformation” (SCCD 31849)

SCCD 31849 Gene Segal “Transformation”

Guitarist/composer Gene Segal has released three albums on SteepleChase LookOut:

Mental Images (SCCD 33114), Matter (SCCD 33121) and Spiral (SCCD 33132) during the period from 2014 to 2017, all of which received critical and public acclaims. Always being adventurous, unpredictable, inventive Segal showcases his new and in a way debut album here for the SteepleChase’s main label with a little bit more jazz-bound material.

“… rich and exciting chops from Segal’s axe make for a blues jamming delight.” (George W. Harris – The Jazz Weekly on Mental Images)

“… The band has a joyful swing…Music that grows and grows.” (The Jazz Weekly on Matter)

GENE SEGAL guitar
ADAM NIEWOOD tenor & soprano saxophone, ewi
BEN STREET bass
BILLY HART drums

Recorded February 2017

1 EXOSPHERE (Gene Segal) 6:11
2 TRANSFORMATION (Gene Segal) 9:00
3 SANDY’S DANCE (Gene Perla) 5:45
4 THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON (Gene Segal) 7:28
5 DARN THAT DREAM (Jimmy van Heusen) 7:28
6 TWO TIRED SOULS (Gene Segal) 5:58
7 UGLY BEAUTY (Thelonious Monk) 2:11
8 TAURUS PEOPLE (Faruk Dawud) 6:17
9 MYSTERIOSO (Thelonious Monk) 08:05

Total Playing Time 58:23

UPC: 716043184927

Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 2” (SCCD 31856 )

SCCD 31856 Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 2”

With this sequel volume to SCCD 31855 SteepleChase is proud to make the first live recordings from Wally’s commercially available.

Boston’s historical (it celebrated its70th anniversary last year) live spot is where Jason Palmer and his working band have been performing weekly for the past 12 years.

Wally’s is, to quote Fred Bouchard of Downbeat, “…is the world’s oldest black owned continuously operation jazz club. Founded in 1947 by Joseph L. Walcott. Wally’s Café Jazz Club is located in Boston’s historic Jazz Corner…. Barbados-born Walcott built Wally’s as an oasis where the black community could socialize and listen to bands….”

JASON PALMER trumpet
NOAH PREMINGER tenor saxophone
MAX LIGHT guitar
CHRIS McCARTHY Fender Rhodes*
SIMON WILLSON bass
LEE FISH drums

Recorded May and October 2016

1 ETHOS 17:00
2 STYLE 8:44
3 SUNNY RAIN 20:31
4 THE SIDE EYE 14:38
5 CHEAS* 11:17

Total Playing Time 72:08

Composed by Jason Palmer

UPC: 716043185627

Allegra Levy “Looking At The Moon” (SCCD 31852 )

SCCD 31852 Allegra Levy “Looking At The Moon”

Fresh…exotic…and far beyond the ordinary” (The New York Times) is one of the numerous praises the world press bestowed upon Allegra since her debut album “Lonely City” (SCCD 33118) a few years ago.

While Allegra Levy’s second album “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827) cemented her strong talent as a singer/songwriter, here on this her third album Allegra the singer steps up to the front interpreting time-tested as well as newer moon–themed songs.

Levy is a gifted lyricist and she writes often light thoughts and observations but from a personal point of view. Vocal fans should seek this out as Levy fills a spot that is fresh and rewarding in the pantheon of vocalists. A carefully produced CD full of rewards.” (Robert D. Rusch – Papatamas on SCCD 31827 Cities Between Us)

Levy is a fresh new voice, with songs steeped in the tradition and primed to join the canon.” (Jim Motavalli – New York City Jazz Record on SCCD 31827 Cities Between Us)

ALLEGRA LEVY vocal
CARMEN STAAF piano
ALEX GOODMAN guitar
TIM NORTON bass

Recorded February 2017

1 MOON RIVER (Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini) 5:16
2 I GOT THE SUN IN THE MORNING (Irving Berlin) 4:10
3 HARVEST MOON (Neil Young) 7:34
4 BLUE MOON (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) 3:59
5 MOON RAY (Artie Shaw, Arthus Quenzer, Nat Madison) 4:15
6 MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT (Karl Sussdorf, John Blackburn) 4:28
7 MOONSHADOW (Cat Stevens) 4:20
8 MOONGLOW (Will Hudson, Steward Mills, Eddie DeLange) 4:07
9 POLKADOTS AND MOONBEAMS (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) 5:09
10 NO MOON AT ALL (Redd Evans, Dave Mann) 4:00
11 IT’S ONLY A PAPERMOON (Harry Arlen, Yip Harburg, Billy Rose) 3:09
12 PINK MOON (Nick Drake) 3:47
13 I’LL BE SEEING YOU (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal) 3:43

UPC: 716043185221