Dexter Gordon – Misty (SCCD 36033)

SCCD 36033 Misty / Dexter Gordon Quartet Montmartre Jazzhus 1965 In the summer of 1965 Dexter Gordon spent most of his evenings performing at Jazzhus Montmartre packed with his loyal fans. Five of these evenings were taped by the Danish Radio and SteepleChase is making them all available for the first time. This CD captures high-spirited Dexter on the third night. 1. Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn)2. Shiny Stockings (Frank Foster)3. Misty (Erroll Garner)4. Cheese Cake (Dexter Gordon) UPC/EAN: 716043603329 … Continue reading

Danish Saxophone Quartet, Christian Hougaard, Torben Snekkestad, Jørgen Ole Bove, Per Egholm – Bach: Goldberg Variations (KON 32330)

Danish Saxophone Quartet who has been widely known for their superb performance of contemporary music embarked on a new field of classical repertoire a few years ago. Their rendition of Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge received acclaim from critics and audience a like and released on Kontrapunkt 32259. Present CD of Goldberg Variations was recorded live in concert in Rome with the superb arrangement by Italy’s foremost arranger/composer Francesco Frederico Venerucci. 1. Aria (Johann Sebastian Bach)2. Variatio 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach)3. Variatio 2 (Johann Sebastian Bach)4. Variatio 3 Canone all'Unisuono (Johann Sebastian Bach)5. Variatio 4 (Johann Sebastian Bach)6. Variatio 5 (Johann Sebastian Bach)7. Variatio 6 Canone alla Seconda (Johann Sebastian … Continue reading

Toke Lund Christiansen, Elisabeth Westenholz – Kuhlau: 3 Grand Soli opus 57 & 3 Fantasies opus 38 (KON 32329)

32329 FriedrichKuhlau: Trios Grand Soli Opus 57/Fantasies for solo flute Opus 38 Friedrich Kuhlau wrote numerous works for flutes, many of which remained to this date “popular” repertoire among professional and amateur performers alike. In 1990 Denmark’s leading flautist Toke Lund Christiansen recorded the first of his Kuhlau series “Works for 3 and 4 flutes” (Kontrapunkt 32050) with his famous Kuhlau Quartet. In this 14th Kuhlau release Toke Lund Christiansen and pianist Elisabeth Westenholz display their virtuosity in Kuhlau’s Grand style compositions. 1. Grand Solo Op. 57,1 F Major: Allegro con gusto (Friedrich Kuhlau)2. Grand Solo Op. 57,1 F Major: Adagio (Friedrich Kuhlau)3. Grand Solo Op. 57,1 F Major: Allegro … Continue reading

Jens E Christensen – Nielsen: Complete Works For Organ (KON 32328)

JENS E. CHRISTENSEN organ As the central figure of post-Romantic Danish and Scandinavian music, Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) exerted an enormous influence on the music of Scandinavia of the 20 th century. Although his major balk of output is devoted for the orchestral work, Nielsen during a three-year period before his death wrote all his works for organ, an instrument he had long been interested in. Denmark’s foremost organist Jens E. Christensen, besides his post as the organist of ”Our Saviour’s Church” of Copenhagen and as the teacher at the Royal Academy Of Music in Copenhagen, gives concerts in all major cities of Europe. 1. COMMOTIO Op. 58 Adagio – Andanti … Continue reading

Louis Smith – Louisville (SCCD 31552)

Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, the two pillars of bebop are the inspiration behind Louis Smith’s new album «� Louisville� » with the sequel title to his Blue Note release some 45 years ago is «� Smithville� ». On his earlier release with bebop theme “The Bopsmith” SCCD 31489 JazzTimes’ Greg Robinson wrote, “ This is an enjoyable album of first-class modern bebop. Tumpeter Smith … is a refined player who combines the jubilant flourish of Clifford Brown with a straightforward lyricism of Kenny Dorham … Smith has a pleasant, compact tone and an ample reservoir of ideas …” 1. Buzzy (Charlie Parker)2. Isfahan (Billy Strayhorn)3. Algo Bueno (Dizzy Gillespie)4. … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Trilix (SCCD 31551)

Here’s the 11 th output by the pianist whose steady collaboration with this label was described by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD as “ The move to SteepleChase has been nothing but positive for Danko. Producer Nils Winther has an intuitive feel for piano players and he gives Harold a well-rounded, spacious sound that enhances his increasingly positive and resonant playing.” Trilix comprises nine jazz compositions including Duke Jordan’s classic “Flight To Jordan” immaculately performed. 1. Flight to Jordan (Duke Jordan)2. Pee Wee (Tony Williams)3. Elm (Richie Beirach)4. I Wished On The Moon (Ralph Rainger)5. Bloodcount (Billy Strayhorn)6. Monk's Dream (Thelonious Monk)7. What Was (Chick Corea)8. Damned If … Continue reading

Tony Purrone – Guitarisk (SCCD 31550)

This is the third recording by the Tony Purrone Trio which has been together for five years. On their first album “The Tonester” (SCCD 31495) Aaron Steinberg of JazzTimes wrote, “… With an admirable sense for moderation and a flair for shooting sparks, Purrone combines just the right amounts of grit and harmonic sophistication. …Purrone’s tasteful playing complements his interesting choices in tunes …” And the second album “Rascality” (SCCD 31514) received the following remarks from Jim Ferguson in JazzTimes, “… his musical abilities run deep and encompass musicality, creativity and the ability to swing….While Purrone does possess awesome skills, he exercises restraint, calling upon them when they fit into … Continue reading

Larry Schneider – It Might As Well Be Spring (SCCD 31549)

Larry Schneider teamed up with his soul mate group of Andy LaVerne (piano), Mike Richmond (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums) calls this album “… one of my most satisfying recording experiences…. Four friends who know how to play together and create freedom from structure …” On his previous release Jazz (SCCD 31505) Bill Bennett of JazzTimes wrote, “ The momentum that saxophonist Larry Schneider generates here is just awesome. ….Schneider and the stellar rhythm section-so typical of SteepleChase are completely at ease in sharing roles and responsibilities…” 1. It might as well be spring (Richard Rodgers)2. Draul (Bela Bartok)3. Stompin' at the Savoy (Edgar Sampson/Benny Goodman)4. If you could see … Continue reading

Martin Jacobsen – Current State (SCCD 31548)

Martin Jacobsen 36, a new Danish saxophone star lives in Paris and performs there as well as in all the major cities of Europe. His quartet featuring American guitarist Doug Raney has been enjoying great reception wherever they played. “… Two acclaimed musicians …performed with a quartet de luxe, have chances to surprise many a listener! ” (Jazz Valley, France) With this his impressive debut album we all have chance to hear how one of the most current and brilliant jazz groups in European continent sounds like. 1. Witchcraft (Cy Coleman)2. Backwater (Martin Jacobsen)3. Stairways to the stars (Frank Signorelli)4. Forest flower (Charles Lloyd)5. This I dig of you (Hank … Continue reading

Ryan Kisor, Jimmy Greene, Jim Pugh – Jam Session Vol. 8 (SCCD 31547)

Vol. 8 features three foremost instrumentalists Ryan Kisor on trumpet, Jimmy Greene on tenor sax and Jim Pugh on trombone on the theme of the 1960’s concept of modality. “ The players assembled for a collective review of iconic pieces from that time were all attuned to the spirit of the music and familiar with the patterns and procedures best suited to it …” (Mark Gardner) Derek Taylor of All About Jazz wrote of the previous volumes of this series, “ The Danish SteepleChase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions,…Volume 5 and 6 in the continuing series offer up vernal combinations and surprises while upholding producer … Continue reading