Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827)

New Releases March 2017
Shipping March 10

SCCD 31827 Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us”

Burgeoning vocalist/composer/lyricist Allegra Levy grabbed attention of critics and public with her 2014 debut album “Lonely City” SCCD 33118.

Allen Morrison of Downbeat remarked, “Allegra Levy has a pleasing alto, a sultry delivery and a propensity to swing. Her debut album, Lonely City, is consistently engaging.”

“Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent.” (Christopher Loudon – JazzTimes)

Here on her new album, Allegra teamed-up with a powerhouse quintet tells her stories in both contemporary and timeless fashion.

CHERRY BLOSSOM SONG (MP3 SAMPLE DOWNLOAD)

ALLEGRA LEVY vocal
KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
STEPHEN RILEY tenor saxophone
CARMEN STAAF piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums
Recorded February 2016

1 CHERRY BLOSSOM SONG (Allegra Levy, arr. John NcNeil) 6:38
2 LULLABY OF THE ORIENT (Duke Jordan/Allegra Levy) 5:14
3 I SHOULDN’T TELL YOU (Allegra Levy, arr. John NcNeil) 5:25
4 MISERY MAKES THE MUSIC (Allegra Levy) 4:12
5 YESTERDAYS (Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach) 5:07
6 DEAR FRIEND (Allegra Levy) 5:12
7 SLEEPWALK WITH ME (IN SEK TONG TSUI) (Allegra Levy) 5:29
8 SOY CALIFA (Dexter Gordon/Allegra Levy) 4:37
9 LEAVING TODAY (Allegra Levy) 8:41
10 DOWN SUNDAY (John McNeil/Allegra Levy, arr. John NcNeil) 6:19
11 CITIES BETWEEN Us (Allegra Levy) 6:45

Total Playing Time 63:44

UPC: 716043182725

Peter & Will Anderson “Clarinet Summit” (SCCD 33133)

New Release March 2017
Shipping March 10

SCCD 33133 Peter & Will Anderson “Clarinet Summit”

Young Anderson Brothers (Peter and Will are identical twins) both on clarinet here band together with two veteran clarinetists Ken Peplowski with rich background in big band jazz and multiple Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera to perform live to a jubilant audience.

“They are sparkling virtuosos and their clever, tidy arrangements for various combinations of clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone are smart and refreshing…. everything they play sounds fresh, creative and in the moment.” (Paul de Barros – Soundposts)

HOW ABOUT YOU? (MP3 SAMPLE DOWNLOAD)

PETER ANDERSON clarinet
WILL ANDERSON clarinet
KEN PEPLOWSKI clarinet
PAQUITO D’RIVERA clarinet
TARDO HAMMER piano
DAVID WONG bass
KENNY WASHINGTON drums
Recorded March 3, 2016 in New York

1 HOW ABOUT YOU? (Burton Lane, arr. Peter Anderson) 6:37
2 WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR (Leigh Harline, arr. Peter Anderson) 6:08
3 VERY SAXY (Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis) 6:44
4 PRELUDE TO A KISS (Duke Ellington) 2:15
5 I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME (Matty Malneck) 2:07
6 CRY ME A RIVER (Arthur Hamilton) 2:42
7 MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY (Jule Styne, arr. Will Anderson) 5:34
8 HOW INSENSITIVE (Antonio Carlos Jobim, arr. Will Anderson) 4:23
9 GROOVIN’ HIGH (Dizzy Gillespie) 6:13
10 CREOLE LOVE CALL (Duke Ellington) 8:41
11 A NIGHT IN TUNISIA (Dizzy Gillespie) 9:14

Total Playing Time 60:41

UPC: 716043313327

Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello “Camaraderie” (SCCD 33131)

SCCD 33131 Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello “Camaraderie”

Camaraderie – a partnership of organist Mark Minchello and saxophonist Bob Hanlon – is a follow up to their first Steeplechase release Trinomial. This CD features the outstanding guitar work of Vic Juris and Bob Devos as well as newcomer Charlie Sigler and drummers Andy Watson and Pete McDonald.

“AH! The Hammond B3 trio with sax and drums, and Hammond hitter Mark Minchello makes the team wheeze, groove and fog up an interesting and well thought collection of tunes. They keep away from the blues and instead venture into uncharted waters by doing tunes not usually associated with this genre.” (George W. Harris – Jazz Weekly on Trinomial SCCD33117)

WILL YOU STILL BE MINE (MP3 SAMPLE DOWNLOAD)

MARK MINCHELLO Hammond B3 organ
BOB HANLON tenor saxophone
PETE MACDONALD drums (track 7, 8 & 9)
ANDY WATSON drums (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)
VIC JURIS guitar (track 1, 2 & 3)
BOB DEVOS guitar (track 4, 5 & 6)
CHARLIE SIEGLER guitar (track 7 & 8)
ANTON DENNER alto saxophone (track 9)
Recorded March – October, 2015

1 WILL YOU STILL BE MINE (Matt Dennis) 7:38
2 LOVESSENCE (Bob Hanlon) 6:50
3 SAMBESQUE (Mark Minchello) 7:09
4 JAZZ ORBITS (Bob Hanlon) 6:33
5 CLOSE YOUR EYES (Bernice Petkere) 8:49
6 EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME (Matt Dennis) 11:41
7 A SOUND FOR SORE EARS (Jimmy Heath) 6:49
8 YOUNG AND FOOLISH (Albert Hague) 6:01
9 FLAT TIRE BLUES (Bob Hanlon) 5:40

Total Playing Time 67:02

UPC: 716043313129

Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” (SCCD 31826)

SCCD 31826 Mike Richmond “The Pendulum”

Mike Richmond, Grammy Award-winning bassist with vast experience with leaders such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Jack DeJohnette, Gil Evans, Chet Baker to mention a few, leads here his own group with cello as his instrument for the first time. Cello as a jazz instrument is still a rarity but its history goes back to the 50s when Oscar Pettiford broke new ground. Richmond put together this all-Pettiford-composition album to honor the pioneer.

“…Dance for Andy is one of those rare CDs that sustain interest through a 70-minute-plus duration.” (Richard Cook & Brian Morton – The Penguin Guide on SCCD 31267)

“Richmond is as nimble fingered and resourceful a bassist we have heard in some time.” (New York Daily News)

The Pendulum At Falcon’s Lair (MP3 SAMPLE DOWNLOAD)

 

MIKE RICHMOND cello
PETER ZAK piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums
Recorded February 2016

1 THE PENDULUM AT FALCON’S LAIR 6:43
2 CELLO AGAIN 6:21
3 TWO LITTLE PEARLS 8:59
4 LAVERNE WALK 6:18
5 WHY NOT? THAT’S WHAT? 7:29
6 TRICOTISM 7:01
7 TAMALPAIS LOVE SONG TO THE WINDS 7:33
8 MY LITTLE CELLO 6:39
9 OSCALYPSO 8:53
Total Playing Time 65:59

Composed by Oscar Pettiford

UPC: 7 16043 18262 6

 

Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce” (SCCD 31825)

SCCD 31825 Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce”

Stephen Riley started his recording career with SteepleChase in 2005 with an amazing (and unusual) piano-less trio SCCD 31584 Inside Out. Since then he had more often than not opted for the piano-less format until he recorded his 2013 quartet release SCCD 31765 Lover with Peter Zak on piano.

Riley and Zak started performing as duo and made their first duo release SCCD 31806 Haunted Heart to critical and public acclaim. So here’s “Deuce” to follow up by the empathic twosome.

“…This session is his third meeting with pianist Peter Zak, whose sensitive accompaniment allows Riley the breathing room he thought could only be found in pianoless groups. This time, however, it’s just the pair, finding new avenues through a mix of jazz standards and gems from the Great American Songbook. Without timekeeping by a rhythm section, the players rely on intuition to anticipate their joint path…. With Haunted Heart, Stephen Riley and Peter Zak have achieved that rare chemistry that demands future projects together.”
(Ken Dryden, New York City Jazz Record on “Haunted Heart” SCCD 31806)

STEPHEN RILEY tenor saxophone
PETER ZAK piano

Recorded December 2014

1 PLEASE (Ralph Rainger) 7:50
2 LOVER MAN (Ram Ramirez) 7:01
3 EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME (Matt Dennis) 5:51
4 INTERLUDE 1 (Stephen Riley) 1:31
5 TETRAGON (Joe Henderson) 6:45
6 INTERLUDE 2 (Stephen Riley) 0:48
7 WHO? (Jerome Kern) 6:07
8 SHALA (Peter Zak) 6:28
9 PANNONICA (Thelonious Monk) 6:16
10 INTERLUDE 3 (Stephen Riley) 1:46
11 EXACTLY LIKE YOU (Jimmy McHugh) 7:29
12 WITHOUT A SONG (Vincent Youmans) 8:30

Total Playing Time 66:25

UPC 716043182527

Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” (SCCD 31824)

SCCD 31824 Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier”

Chris Byars’s ongoing endeavour to re-discover and celebrate works by outstanding jazz composers of the past generations produced here another collection of gems by alto saxophonist Frank Strozier superbly arranged by Byars.

Born in Memphis, TN in 1937 Frank Strozier grew up playing piano in the nourishing Memphis blues/jazz environment. Strozier established himself in New York as highly acclaimed alto sax player and composer in the 1960s, performing a. o. as a member of The Miles Davis Sextet.

“The music of Duke Jordan is surely worthy of re-appraisal and when it is refurbished and re-interpreted as creatively as it is here it emerges as much more than a trip down memory lane but serves as inspirational source material upon which to build a new music.”
(Euan Dixon – Jazz Views on SCCD 31787 The Music of Duke Jordan)

CHRIS BYARS alto saxophone, flute
JOHN MOSCA trombone
STEFANO DOGLIONI bass clarinet
JAMES BYARS oboe
PASQUALE GRASSO guitar
ARI ROLAND bass
STEFAN SCHATZ drums

Recorded December 2015

1 Extension 27 8:33
2 Neicy 7:08
3 Remember Me 6:43
4 Idle One 4:39
5 For Chris 7:26
6 Long Night 9:53
7 Just Think It Over 6:54
8 Some Other Time 6:48
9 Ollie 4:01
10 Will I Forget 7:48
Total Playing Time 69:55

Composed by Frank Strozier, arranged by Chris Byars

UPC 716043182428

Carl Winther “Deconstructing Mr. X” (SCCD 33130)

SCCD 33130 Carl Winther “Deconstructing Mr. X”

Award winning jazz pianist/composer Carl Winther (b. 1984 in Denmark) has already established himself in the international elite instrumentalist circuit of younger generation. Growing up in a musical family with his father, renowned trumpeter Jens Winther (1960 – 2011) Carl embarked on his professional music career while still a teenager performing and recording with Billy Hart, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Evans, George Garzone, Adam Nussbaum, Dick Oats, and Doug Raney to mention a few.

“Carl Winther is an enterprising and original pianist and composer. He has toured all over the world, and is a representative of the high standard of Danish jazz internationally.” (Quintonic – album review)

CARL WINTHER piano
JOHNNY ÅMAN bass
ANDERS MOGENSEN drums

Recorded February 2015

1 DECONSTRUCTING MR. X 8:01
2 SAGA 6:33
3 MANHATTAN 4:06
4 12 DECEMBER 6:03
5 UWAGA 4:09
6 ONE FOR LOVE 4:22
7 SUNDAY 7:36
8 NEVERLAND 4:29
9 ODD BOP 3:53

Total Playing Time 49:14

All compositions by Carl Winther

UPC 716043313020

Rich Perry “Mood” (SCCD 31830)

SCCD 31830 Rich Perry “Mood”

“Mood” deciphers “ballads” here in this Rich Perry new album, which is, to quote the liner notes author Neil Tesser, “.. all ballads, all handled with skill and taste, yet all pushing at the edges to find something else.”

“The SteepleChase sessions… constitute a body of work equal to anyone currently in the jazz mainstream. Perry’s editing, shifts in tone and phrasing, and embellishments of songs like “Gone With The Wind” on Gone (SCCD 31670) evince a genuine appreciation of the melodies, as well as a desire to make his own way through them.”
(David A Orthmann-AAJ)

RICH PERRY tenor saxophone
HAROLD DANKO piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
JEFF HIRSHFIELD drums

Recorded March 2015

1 DETOUR AHEAD (Herb Ellis, Lou Carter, John Frigo) 12:13
2 BUT BEAUTIFUL (Jimmy Van Heusen) 7:57
3 EVERYTHING I LOVE (Cole Porter) 8:26
4 MONK’S MOOD (Thelonious Monk) 6:42
5 SOMETIME AGO (Sergio Mihanovich) 9:59
6 I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY (Jule Stein) 12:06
7 ALL OF ME (Seymour Simons/Gerald Marks) 9:13

Total Playing Time 66:39

UPC 716043183029

Vic Juris “Vic plays Victor Young” (SCCD 31829)

SCCD 31829 Vic Juris “Vic plays Victor Young”

Stella By Starlight, My Foolish Heart, Johnny Guitar, Beautiful Love – just a few of the iconic American Songbook titles by Victor Young, whose music has been an important part of the repertoire of guitarist Vic Juris for many years. Juris dedicates the whole album here to the undisputed giant of the American film music composer of the last century.

“Two outstanding qualities characterize Vic Juris’ playing. One is his embodiment of the jazz tradition, while always stretching his scope and reaching for new possibilities and concepts. The other is his almost uncanny ability to hear and communicate the totality of the music he is playing, from beginning to end, including what is going on around him in the group and his many references to the jazz legacy.”
(Victor L. Schermer – Interview AAJ)

VIC JURIS guitar
JAY ANDERSON bass
ANTHONY PINCIOTTI drums
KATE BAKER vocal*

Recorded March 2014

1 LOVE LETTERS 7:20
2 STREET OF DREAMS 5:44
3 STELLA BY STARLIGHT 6:19
4 JOHNNY GUITAR 7:58
5 A WEAVER OF DREAMS 6:05
6 MY FOOLISH HEART* 6:27
7 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE 8:55
8 GOLDEN EARRINGS 5:04
9 BEAUTIFUL LOVE 6:37
10 GHOST OF A CHANCE 7:33

Total Playing Time 68:03

UPC 716043182923

Burak Bedikyan “Awakening” (SCCD 33129)

SCCD 33129 Burak Bedikyan “Awakening”

Being a former classical pianist, Turkish-born Burak Bedikyan employs his enormous technical proficiency to elaborate his compositions here on this third album to illustrate the new depth in his creativity.

“…his exponential growth as a performer, composer and arranger is chronicled with one of the finest releases for 2013 in Circle of Life …” (Brent Black – Bob-N-Jazz on SCCD33109 Circle of Life)

LOREN STILLMAN alto saxophone
BURAK BEDIKYAN piano
LOREN STILLMAN alto & soprano saxophone
UGONNA OKEGWO bass
DONALD EDWARDS drums
Recorded December 2015

1 Idée Fixe 7:06
2 Mother Earth 8:53
3 All Alone 7:47
4 Unfair Blues 6:06
5 Awakening 8:30
6 Memory Of A Fading Dream 8:44
7 Ad Infinitum 5:47
8 Do Not Fear 9:53
9 The All Seeing Eye 6:11

Total Playing Time: 69:27

All compositions by Burak Bedikyan

UPC 716043312924