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

Mark Soskin “Upper West Side Stories” (SCCD 31858)

SCCD 31858 Mark Soskin “Upper West Side Stories”

New York-based pianist/composer Mark Soskin, following the successful previous (his first SteepleChase release) trio album “Hearts And Minds”, returns to the studio with his dream rhythm section in pursuit of perfecting the art of piano trio jazz.

“…Here he is on his own ballgame as the leader of a vital, fine interacting trio … Soskin has a beautiful touch, a lyrical temper with unfailing ease. The music feels timeless and fresh as it often does when the recording session starts with the first take in house and completes in three and half hours,” (Ole Matthiessen – Jazz Special on SCCD 31834 “Hearts And Minds”)

“…This is a very mindful session and holds the mind from beginning to end.” (Robert D. Rusch – Papatamus on SCCD 31834)

MARK SOSKIN piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded December 2017

1 I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE (Frank Loesser) 6:55
2 GLORIA’S STEP (Scott LaFaro) 5:35
3 REMEMBER (Steve Swallow) 6:10
4 UGLY BEAUTY (Thelonious Monk) 8:06
5 UMMG/UPPER WEST SIDE STROLL (Billy Strayhorn / Mark Soskin) 5:40
6 PEE WEE (Tony Williams) 6:41
7 UN POCO LOCO (Bud Powell) 5:10
8 PENSATIVA (Clare Fischer) 7:28
9 LISTENING ROOM (Mark Soskin) 5:49
10 SOIRÉE (Earl Zindars) 4:12
11 FEE-FI-FO-FUM (Wayne Shorter) 6:14

Total Playing Time 67:58

UPC: 716043185825

Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 1” (SCCD 31855)

SCCD 31855 Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 1”

Wally’s, Boston’s historical (est. 1947) live jazz spot, is where the award-winning trumpeter/composer Jason Palmer started to hone his chops some 20 years ago while a student at New England Conservatory. Jason and his Boston-based quintet has been performing there every weekend to the loyal and enthusiastic crowd since 2006. This CD is the first of two documentary live recordings from those electrifying nights in 2016.

“Over the past decade, trumpeter Jason Palmer has proven to be one of the most compelling artists of his generation. With each new volume in a series of CDs for SteepleChase, Palmer reveals a different aspect to his musical mind while the expressiveness of his horn continues to expand as well.” (Ken Dryden – the NYC Jazz Record on SCCD 31820 Beauty ‘n’ Numbers)

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 STOP, DROP AND ROLL 8:48
2 GABBY* 7:52
3 KEMEROVO 18:02
4 PRESERVATION OF THE LOWER 9TH WARD 11:14
5 BE AWARE 15:52
6 AT EASE 11:56

Total Playing Time 73:42

Composed by Jason Palmer

UPC: 716043185528

Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” (SCCD 31846)

SCCD 31846 Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes”

To say “Pierre Dørge” and not to follow it with “& New Jungle Orchestra” is almost impossible.

Dørge created that small big band in 1980, which became a successful and stable vehicle for his adventurous music. They toured all over the world and built an impressive discography along the way.

The guitarist/composer/bandleader, however, has never neglected to seek new palette to draw his music in smaller ensembles.

Following highly acclaimed quartet release “Blui” of 2016, Dørge surrounds himself with all American colleagues who have deep understanding of Pierre Dørge’s unique soundscapes.

It’s an inspired collection of musicians and all serve the material well, eight songs written by Dørge …. When people think of Dørge, they tend to gravitate toward the NJO releases but his small-group recordings provide an excellent alternative and a more expansive picture of this unique guitarist.”

(Robert Iannapollo – NYC Jazz Record on SCCD 31797 “Blui”)

PIERRE DØRGE guitar
KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
STEPHEN RILEY tenor saxophone
CONRAD HERWIG trombone
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded April 2017

1 MINGUS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY 6:07
2 LULLABY FOR SUN RA 8:10
3 ENIGMATIC TWILIGHT 6:09
4 ALLIGATOR IN PARADISE 5:07
5 BAMBLA JOLIFANTI 6:59
6 AFRIKAA MBIZO DYANI 8:51
7 A ROSE FOR LAURENT 5:15
8 MIRJAM’S DADA DANCE 6:53
9 SIM SIM BA 8:04

Total Playing Time 61:36

Composed by Pierre Dørge

UPC: 716043184620

Ronnie Cuber “Ronnie’s Trio” (SCCD 31848)

SCCD 31848 Ronnie Cuber “Ronnie’s Trio”

Ronnie Cuber (b. Dec. 25, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York), recognized as one og the most important baritone saxophonists in jazz today, has been composing, arranging and leading his own groups since 1959. His powerful command of the instrument led him to perform and record with amazing array of influential artists in almost all thinkable range of musical spectrum. Yet, this is the very first of basic jazz trio album by Ronnie Cuber, which should have a special place in his discography.

There is not one of his records that contains any half-hearted playing or musical skating. When he plays, it’s serious creative business and he tells a story. If you pick up anything under Cuber’s name, you’re guaranteed a winner …. This recording, ”Ronnie”, released on SteepleChase records, is one of the most vivid and personal saxophone playing ever done on a baritone saxophone. This CD is a shining example of Cuber’s big, beefy baritone sax tone and a fluent technique that is a one of a kind match between the gritty, down-home feeling of R&B and the advanced harmonies of bebop.” (JazzTimes on SCCD 31680 “Ronnie”)

RONNIE CUBER baritone saxophone
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded April 2017

1 SILVER’S SERENADE (Horace Silver) 5:50
2 WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE (Cole Porter) 4:18
3 ST. THOMAS (Sonny Rollins) 5:22
4 JEAN-MARIE (Ronnie Mathews) 7:10
5 BODY AND SOUL (Johnny Green) 5:21
6 THE JODY GRIND (Horace Silver) 6:33
7 JUST SQUEEZE ME (Duke Ellington) 7:46
8 BERNIE’S TUNE (Bernie Miller) 4:53
9 SÓ DANÇO SAMBA (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 5:18
10 HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (Fats Waller) 7:45
11 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (Jerome Kern) 7:57
12 LOVER COME BACK TO ME (Sigmund Romberg) 4:31

Total Playing Time 72:45

UPC: 716043184828

Craig Brann “Lineage” (SCCD 31847)

SCCD 31847 Craig Brann “Lineage”

Since his arrival in NYC in 1996 guitarist Craig Brann has quietly and steadily established himself as one of the elite players of his generation. In this new release, his fourth album on SteepleChase, Craig unfolds his expansive musical dimension.

There’s something for everyone here – and that’s just a way of describing New York guitarist Brann’s versatility. With invention and wit, he remodels the classic guitar trio to suit multi-sourced inspiration … It’s a veritable treasure shed of homage, freewheeling and compositional flair.” (Nigel Jarrett – Jazz Journal on SCCD 31814 Conversation between Brothers)

A Beautiful album from guitarist Craig Brann – and maybe the first to really display all the richness of his talents!” (Dusted Groove on SCCD 31814)

Brann is an enormous guitar talent … this is his second album and will not be the last.” (Henrik W. Iversen – JazzSpecial on SCCD 31718 Mark My Words)

CRAIG BRANN guitar
JOHN RAYMOND trumpet
ETHAN HERR piano
NICK MORRISON bass
Cory Cox drums

Recorded February 2017

1 DILLA DAZE 5:59
2 BASSO CONTINUO 3:57
3 COPY 8:28
4 TEELY-TEELY 4:10
5 FÜR BECCAH 1:57
6 GOOD INTENTIONS 4:22
7 VERDICT 5:42
8 REINVENTING SOMETHING ROUND 7:25
9 DOZEN THE SWAN’S HOUND (LIE KISS COAT HEWN) 5:44
10 FIVE PERCENT OF MY LIFE THUS FAR 7:44
11 EMPTY 9:33

Total Playing Time 65:03

Composed by Craig Brann

UPC: 716043184729

Greg Burk “The Detroit Songbook” (SCCD 31854)

SCCD 31854 Greg Burk “The Detroit Songbook”

Pianist Greg Burk’s striking solo album “Clean Spring” (SCCD 33124) was recorded in Italy and released in March of 2016 to critical and public acclaim.

“… Clean Spring will only further burnish his reputation as a deep player and thinker …. Burk’s musical mind is extremely rich and deep, with many crossing currents flowing through it …” (Budd Kopman – AAJ)

“… the sustained complementary independence of Burk’s limbs borders on the preternatural. Piano recitals are a near quotidian exercise these days in the crowded jazz arena. Burk’s latest sortie in the idiom boldly stands out.” (Derek Taylor – Dusted Magazine)

Here on this new trio album Michigan native Greg Burk pays musical homage to the city where he spent his formative years as a professional musician.

GREG BURK piano
MATTEO BORTONE bass
JOHN B. ARNOLD drums

Recorded May 2017

1 JANGLE 5:35
2 THE CHILD RETURNS 6:01
3 WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES 5:07
4 CASS AND PALMER 5:51
5 C AND C AGAIN 6:54
6 WOODWARD STRIDE 7:05
7 MATINS 5:38
8 BELLE ISLE BREEZE 7:41
9 SCENE UNSEEN 5:14

Total Playing Time 55:06
Composed by Greg Burk

UPC 716043185429