Ulla Miilmann, Søren Johannsen, Kjeld Steffensen – Sonatas For Flute by J. S. Bach (KON 32343)

BWV 1030, 1032, 1034, 1035, 1013 Internationally renowned flutist Ulla Miilmann is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the prestigious “Flute-Talk” competition in Chicago and the Gold Medal at the Danish All Music Competition, among others. Flutist Ulla Miilmann was born in 1972 in Denmark. She received her Bachelor of Music at North Carolina School of the Arts in 1992. During her college years, Ms Miilmann was already selected as representative of Denmark in the European Broadcasting Union "Concerts for Young Soloist". Currently she is the principal flutist of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Together with the elite instrumentalists of Denmark: Søren Johannsen on harpsichord and Kjeld … Continue reading

TRIO VARSOVIA, Elisabeth Hanke, Hedwig Rummel, Finn Bielenberg Nielsen, Martin Palsmar, Ejvind Frantzen, Anette Slaatto, Nicolai Slaatto, Ingo Schauser, Marie Ziener, Bo Andersen – Andersen: The First Of Days (KON 32342)

Bo Andersen, like his teacher Ib Nørholm seeks to achieve a balanced synthesis of tradition and innovation by adopting an approach which aims at accessibility without any compromise in originality. On his latest CD project Andersen compiles his recent works on the Passion theme, all of which are world premier recordings by international leading soloists and ensembles. 1. Ribbon Of Dreams II – Prelude to a Passion (Bo Andersen) 2. The First Of Days – Four Voices Of Passion: Prologue: Paul – The Lowliest One (Bo Andersen) 3. The First Of Days – Four Voices Of Passion: The Struggle in Gethsemane (Bo Andersen) 4. The First Of Days – Four … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – At The Royal Playhouse (SCCD 31693)

“ Wonderfully creative work from Pierre Dorge and his New Jungle Orchestra — a set that often features gentle, sensitive musical moments — although always handled with the sort of offbeat style we’ve come to expect from Dorge!” is the opening comment on Dørge’s previous album Whispering Elephants (SCCD 31652) by DUSTY Groove America. One month prior to the above studio recording Dørge and NJO gave a sold-out concert at the newly opened Royal Play House in Copenhagen, from which this latest album is compiled. The orchestra is enhanced by three international soloist: Sweden’s Josefine Cronholm on vocal, India’s Shashank Subramanyan on flute and Dawda Jobarteh from Gambia on Kora … Continue reading

Bill Gerhardt – Momentum (SCCD 31691)

A sequel to Gerhardt’s successful first solo album All That I Have SCCD 31661 portraits the pianist/composer in deeply personal picture. “…, those who listened to and loved "All That I Have" will find further delightful satisfaction in encountering the nine parts that make up "Momentum". Together they embody the true essence of Bill's musical philosophy . (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. One For Herbie (Bill Gerhardt)2. Daughter (Bill Gerhardt)3. Amsterdam (Bill Gerhardt)4. Coincidences (Bill Gerhardt)5. Sleet (Bill Gerhardt)6. Emerald (Bill Gerhardt)7. Cloud Field (Bill Gerhardt)8. Gary's Waltz (Gary McFarland)9. Momentum (Bill Gerhardt) UPC/EAN: 716043169122 … Continue reading

Bill Mays – Mays At The Movies (SCCD 31684)

As Thomas Conrad (allaboutjazz) once observed Bill Mays as “a literate, polished, Mainstream jazz pianist (who) likes to do concept albums”, Bill Mays chose to build his first album on SteepleChase on the concept of movie themes. Mays’s mastery of color and touch superbly illustrates those silver screen memorable moments. 1. I've Never Been In Love Before (Frank Loesser)2. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel)3. Pure Imagination (Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse)4. Love Theme From Spartacus (Alex North)5. Judy (Bill Mays)6. The Summer Knows (Michel Legrand)7. There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers)8. You Leave Me Breathless (Frederick Hollander)9. Charade (Henry Mancini) UPC/EAN: 716043168422 … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Ronnie (SCCD 31680)

A long-awaited “jazz” album by the great baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber “… This new set is a prime of example of Cuber dealing with compositions he knows and appreciates. Material that stands up well to re-examination. He’s in good company and great form .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Thermo (Freddie Hubbard)2. Gloria's Step (Scott Lafaro)3. Four (Eddie Vinson)4. The Duke (Dave Brubeck)5. Daahoud (Clifford Brown)6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers)7. Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker)8. Love Theme From Summer Of 42 (Michel Legrand)9. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)10. Watch What Happens (Michel Legrand) UPC/EAN: 716043168026 … Continue reading

Brian Charette – Upside (SCCD 31678)

Organist/pianist/composer Brian Charette (b. Nov. 24, 1972 in Meriden, Connecticut, USA) is the latest addition to the SteepleChase recording artist rostar. Charette moved to New York 15 years ago and has firmly established himself on the NY jazz scene being discribed as one of “ the best of the new breed of B3 players ” by Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes. His enormous talent both as performer and as composer is evident throughout this brilliant debut album. 1. Yolk (Brian Charette)2. Silicone Doll (Brian Charette)3. Look Elsewhere (Brian Charette)4. Public Transportation (Brian Charette)5. You've Changed (Carl Fischer)6. Furthering Adventures (Brian Charette)7. Altered Waltz (Brian Charette)8. Girls (Brian Charette)9. Prelude To A … Continue reading

Jesse Stacken, Kirk Knuffke – Mockingbird (SCCD 31677)

Pianist Stacken and trumpeter Knuffke are the two new faces on SteepleChase label. Both of them joined the New York jazz scene relatively recent years (Stacken 2002 and Knuffke 2005). They have rapidly established themselves both as leaders and sidemen. Here on their SteepleChase debut album the Duo succeeds in presenting an intriguing program of Monk/Ellington/Strayhorn works. 1. Light Blue (Thelonious Monk)2. Teo (Thelonious Monk)3. Such Sweet Thunder (Duke Ellington)4. Reflections (Thelonious Monk)5. Skippy (Thelonious Monk)6. Isfahan (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)7. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)8. Bright Missisippi (Thelonious Monk)9. Sunset And The Mocking Bird (Duke Ellington)10. Four In One (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043167722 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats 2 (SCCD 31676)

The collaboration between the two dynamic tenor saxophonists Ambrose and Riley on Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656) session, packed with stimulating performances gave us a bonus of enough material for this sequel. “The instantaneous rapport achieved by Riley and Ambrose is indicative of the flexibility of these two accomplished players, who know the value of complementing, rather than trying to outdo, each other. There's a deep unity of thought in the way they roll out each performance….” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Sandu (Clifford Brown)2. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Back Home In Indiana (James F. Hanley)4. 502 Blues (Jimmy Rowles)5. Scrapple From The Apple (Charlie Parker)6. Darn That Dream … Continue reading

John Tchicai – In Monk’s Mood (SCCD 31675)

1. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk)2. Coming On The Hudson (Thelonious Monk)3. Light Blue (Thelonious Monk)4. Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk)5. Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk)6. Cool Copy (John Tchicai)7. Easy Street (Jones)8. Ruby My Dear (Thelonious Monk)9. Aks Him Now (John Tchicai)10. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043167524 … Continue reading