Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Jazz Is Like A Banana (SCCD 31636)

1. Taranaki (Pierre Dørge) 2. A Minor Disturbance To Mr. Nielsen (Pierre Dørge) 3. Forgotten Highway (Irene Becker) 4. Café Central (Pierre Dørge) 5. Landscape With Animals (Pierre Dørge) 6. Blue Mask (Pierre Dørge) 7. Jazz Is Like A Banana (Pierre Dørge) 8. Tilo Akandita (Pierre Dørge) 9. By The Foot Of The Mountain (Pierre Dørge) 10. Great Grief (Pierre Dørge) 11. Tibetan Dream (Pierre Dørge) UPC/EAN: 716043163625 … Continue reading

Tom Guarna – Wingspan (SCCD 31634)

Out From The Underground , “….Guarna’s guitar brings a mellow approach to the session, merging with his sidemen in a legato affair that finds lyrical space everywhere. ….. Guarna enjoys his lyrical ride on this album of sweet delights.” (Jim Santella – allaboutjazz) Here on his third album Tom Guarna put together another delightful pianoless quartet with Joel Frahm on saxophone. 1. Wingspan (Tom Guarna)2. Marionette (Billy Bauer)3. Where Are You? (Jimmy McHugh)4. Half Nelson (Miles Davis)5. Scramble (Walter Norris)6. The Long (Tom Guarna)7. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl)8. Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis)9. I'll Take Romance (B. Oakland) UPC/EAN: 716043163427 … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Once Upon A Dream (SCCD 31632)

On this his third album, the powerful duo collaboration between Stephen Riley and his colleague from Duke University bassist John Brown created a masterpiece. 1. Israel (Johnny Carisi)2. I'm An Old Cowhand (Johnny Mercer)3. In My Solitude (Duke Ellington)4. Swinging Till The Girls Come Home (Oscar Pettiford)5. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg)6. The Very Thought Of You (Ray Noble)7. Tea For Two (Vincent Youmans)8. All Of You (Cole Porter)9. Meditation (Antonio Carlos Jobim)10. Once Upon A Dream (Peter Tchaikowsky)11. Tune Up (Miles Davis) UPC/EAN: 716043163229 … Continue reading

Gary Versace – Reminiscence (SCCD 31631)

The third leader album of Versace finds him in an outgoing and energetic trio setting with Vic Juris and Adam Nussbaum. On his previous album “Many Places” (SCCD 31589) Matthew Miller of all-about-jazz remarks, “ The truly astonishing aspect of Versace’s talent is the potent mix of virtuosity and musicality he brings in equal measure to each performance. In the hands of a lesser musician the B3 can easily overwhelm any musical setting, but Versace’s ear and infallible sensibility seem to always lead him in the right musical direction.” 1. Hindsight (Cedar Walton)2. For Bill (Gary Versace)3. Thelonious (Thelonious Monk)4. Alone And I (Herbie Hancock)5. For McCoy (Gary Versace)6. Prism … Continue reading

Andrew Rathbun – Affairs Of State (SCCD 31630)

New York based Canadian saxophonist Andrew Rathbun makes a powerful statements on this new album as predicted by all-about-jazz’ Budd Kopman: “ Rathbun's next album will most likely not sound anything like Shadow Forms, (SCCD 31598 – ed.) which makes his journey all the more interesting to follow. The restless intelligence that informs this fine record only whets the appetite for the next. 1. Fragmented (Andrew Rathbun)2. We Have Nothing But Tears (Andrew Rathbun)3. Around The Same Circles (Andrew Rathbun)4. Break The Chains (Andrew Rathbun)5. 5th Anniversary (Andrew Rathbun)6. Fiasco (Andrew Rathbun)7. Ongoing (Andrew Rathbun)8. Folly (Of The Future Fallen) (Andrew Rathbun)9. Paint Peelings (Andrew Rathbun) UPC/EAN: 716043163021 … Continue reading

Bill Gerhardt – Stained Glass (SCCD 31629)

Pianist Bill Gerhardt has been a part of active jazz scene in New York for the past decade with his working band Cotangent with which he makes his leader debut here on the label. Since his impressive sideman appearance on Jed Levy’s “Round And Round” (SCCD 31529) in 2002 Gerhardt has been on the “must record” list of SteepleChase. 1. Visitor (Bill Gerhardt)2. Little Penny (Marc Mommaas)3. Paragraph (Bill Gerhardt)4. Words (Bill Gerhardt)5. Stained Glass (Bill Gerhardt)6. Video Tapes and Lies (Tim Horner)7. Holding Noa (Mike Holstein) UPC/EAN: 716043162925 … Continue reading

Ted Brown – Shades Of Brown (SCCD 31628)

Veteran tenorman from the Tristano school Ted Brown is marking his 80 th birthday with the release of this CD with plenty of vitality. On his last CD “Preservation” SCCD 31539, Derek Taylor of all-about-jazz wrote, “ Sitting comfortably at the controls, he demonstrates from the start that his chops haven’t eroded a bit during his long hiatus in academia…..Brown is still at the top of his game . ” 1. After You've Gone (Layton/Creamer )2. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Washington/Bassman )3. Almost Like Being In Love (Lerner/Loewe )4. She's Funny That Way (Whiting/Moret )5. Limehouse Blues (Phillip Broham)6. How Deep Is The Ocean (Irving Berlin)7. This Can't Be … Continue reading

Michael Cochrane – Right Now (SCCD 31627)

Dave Gelly of Gramophone Jazz Good CD Guide described Cochrane as “ a mature and imaginative pianist with a delicate touch and deep harmonic resources …” After a few years’ absence from the recording scene Cochrane emerges strong and brilliant here with his working trio. 1. Sit And Wait (Michael Cochrane)2. The Seeker (Michael Cochrane)3. Convergence (Michael Cochrane)4. New Samba (Michael Cochrane)5. Blues On The Dark Side (Michael Cochrane)6. Ballad For Old Times' Sake (Michael Cochrane)7. Early Bird (Michael Cochrane)8. Revelation (Michael Cochrane)9. Right Now (Michael Cochrane) UPC/EAN: 716043162727 … Continue reading

Marcus Printup – Bird Of Paradise (SCCD 31626)

Six decades after Charlie Parker’s death the master of modern trumpet Marcus Printup pays tribute to Bird whose music occupies substantial part of his musical foundation. “… Marcus Printup and associates show beyond doubt that Bird’s messages continue to have relevance I our times, two generations later .” (Mark Gardner) 1. Stupendous (Melvin Broiles)2. Now's The Time (Charlie Parker)3. Lover Man (Ram Ramirez)4. Bird Of Paradise (Charlie Parker)5. Donna Lee (Miles Davis)6. Parker's Mood (Charlie Parker)7. The Hymn (Charlie Parker)8. Quasimodo (Charlie Parker)9. Lover Man (Ram Ramirez)10. Confirmation (Charlie Parker)11. Bird Feathers (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043162628 … Continue reading

Jon Gordon, Rich Perry, Dave Schnitter – Jam Session Vol. 24 (SCCD 31625)

” The Danish Steeplechase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions, fronting the resources for many in its roster of players to convene in just such supportive surroundings .” (Derek Taylor – allaboutjazz) 1. Lazy Bird (John Coltrane)2. Epistophy (Thelonious Monk)3. Skylark (Goady Carmichal)4. You're My Everything (Warren, Harry)5. Round About Midnight (Monk, Thelonious)6. Bluebird (Parker, Charlie)7. Fungii Mama (Blue Mitchell)8. Locomotion (Monk, Thelonious) UPC/EAN: 716043162529 … Continue reading