Olegario Diaz – Having Fun (SCCD 31733)

Composer/pianist Olegario Diaz was born in Venezuela and studied music in USA graduating with Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from The Manhattan School of Music in New York City. For his SteepleChase debut album here he surrounds himself with the finest of artists one can find on the NY jazz scene: Rich Perry on tenorsax, Ron McClure on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Diaz is active in performing both in USA and South America. “His visions and efforts resulted in a fresh and spontaneous performance of this fine selection of jazz standards and Diaz originals.” (Ron McClure – from the linernotes) 1. In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)2. Salvador (Olegario … Continue reading

LeeAnn Ledgerwood – Breaking The Waves (SCCD 31732)

One year after her long-awaited comeback album (from a lengthy leave of absence due to illness) “Simple Truth” (SCCD 31705), pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood compiled this latest album with 100% original material, showcasing her extraordinary talent as composer as well. Carlo Wolff of JazzTimes commented on “Simple Truth”, “ Ledgerwood is not interested in impressing with technique and daring; hers is an artistry of nuance and emotional layering. ….. inviting album. ” “ … pianist Lee Ann Ledgerwood is part of an ever growing contingency of extremely talented jazz musicians of the female persuasion… and first crack at a piano trio record. Ultimately, it proves to be one of the best … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue Strike (SCCD 31729)

C. Andrew Hovan of AllAboutJaz once observed, “ What has marked all of Stryker's previous SteepleChase sides has been his penchant to not repeat formats or ideas. Each session sports a different group of musicians and the material covers new ground .” Mr. Hovan’s observation proves true here on Stryker’s latest recording of mesmerizing organ quintet with repertoire raging from Michael Jackson to Clifford Brown together with his originals. “( Stryker) combines tradition and modernity in equal balance, arranges with skill and imagination, teases optimum performances from associates with good-natured relish, and plays the blues with deep felt conviction .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Joy Spring (Clifford … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Sketches Of India (SCCD 31728)

India and Indian music have intrigued Pierre Dørge ever since his teenage. Here on his latest album Dørge compiles his impressions of several trips there and the result of his recent field studies. Donald Elfman of AAJ once remarked, “ Pierre Dørge has what seems like a magical ability – he can re-imagine and rethink the way that music is voiced thus creating entire new worlds out of worlds we think we know .” His magical ability is at full throttle here on this extraordinary musical depiction of a fascinating country. 1. In The Tiger Cave (Pierre Dørge)2. Papanasam Mood (Pierre Dørge)3. Swaralaya (Shashank Subramanyam)4. Elephants On The Road (Pierre … Continue reading

George Colligan – Living For The City (SCCD 31727)

Chuck Berg of JazzTimes remarked several years ago, “SteepleChase producer Nils Winther apparently liked what he heard when first checking out George Colligan because he gave the pianist a chance to cultivate his original voice as a vital SteepleChase artist. …..Colligan shows signs of becoming one of the best pianists and composers of his generation.” Colligan indeed became “one of the brightest and most articulate new pianists on today’s scene”. With this 2011 album George begins a new collaboration with the label where he made his debut album “Activism” (SCCD 31382) 15 years ago. 1. It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Duke Ellington)2. Water Babies … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Grace (SCCD 31726)

Saxophonist Rich Perry has been a mainstay of the NY jazz scene for more than 30 years. Here on his 15 th album Rich put together a piano-less trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Hirschfield on drums whom Rich describes as “two of my favourite musicians”. “ Perry … dazzles with his facility and impeccable taste and further asserts himself as one of the most gifted saxophonists of his generation .” (Francis Lo Kee – AllAboutJazz) 1. Falling Grace (Steve Swallow)2. Very Early (Bill Evans)3. Funkalero (Bill Evans)4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus)5. Eronel (Thelonious Monk)6. Modinha (Antonio Carlos Jobim)7. Thedia (Thad Jones)8. Time Remembered (Bill Evans)9. … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – Monuments (SCCD 31725)

Saxophonist/composer Gregory Tardy’s latest album reunites him with pianist George Colligan whom Tardy has collaborated on a number of remarkable recordings. Since his return to the active performing scene a couple of years ago Gregory Tardy is today a full time member of the elite jazz circle. “ He sounds as if he’s physically wresting new possibilities and beauty from an earthbound, rock-encrusted framework. …It’s moments such as these that invoke the combination of faith-infused yearning and hard-won triumph that is at the heart of the best spiritually inspired improvisational music .” (Carlo Wolff of JazzTimes on Strongest Love” SCCD 31698) 1. Dust Groove (Gregory Tardy)2. Monuments (Gregory Tardy)3. The … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Here Today (SCCD 31724)

Trumpeter/composer/arranger Jason Palmer was a new name when he recorded as sideman for Billy Hart album “Sixty-Eight” (SCCD 31707). He became SteepleChase recording artist last year with brilliant “Nothing To Hide” album (SCCD 31699) backed by his Boston-based band. For his second album here Jason put together a new group featuring saxophonist Mark Turner of whom Jason remarks, “ Mark Turner is one of the most influential non-trumpeters on my approach to improvisation .” 1. Here Today Gone Yesterday (Jason Palmer)2. Abu Abed (Jason Palmer)3. 3rd Shift (Jason Palmer)4. Takes Courage To Be Happy (Jason Palmer)5. Skylark/I Can't Help It (Hoagy Carmichael/Stevie Wonder/Susaye Greene)6. 3 Point Turn (Jason Palmer)7. Capricorn … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Listen Here (SCCD 31723)

Guitarist Vic Juris has assembled another organ trio this time with Brian Charette at the keyboard to showcase his ever-evolving musicality in this format. His previous organ trio album “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (SCCD 31553) from 2004 attracted attention of Aaron Steinberg from JazzTimes who commented, “…. convincingly played, very impressive recording …” “ Guitar-watchers should take note of this impressive and adventurous player ” (Duck Baker – JazzTimes on “Songbook” SCCD 31483) 1. Listen Here (Eddie Harris)2. Victim (Vic Juris)3. My Shining Hour (Harry Arlen)4. Only The Lonely (Jimmy Van Heusen)5. Southside (Vic Juris)6. Eddie Who (Vic Juris)7. Turquoise (Vic Juris)8. Israel (Johnny Carisi)9. Sun Burn (Vic Juris)10. … Continue reading

Jack Walrath – Forsooth! (SCCD 31722)

Mark Gardner in his linernotes aptly sums up the new Walrath CD, “ There is never a dull moment during the switches of mood. Jack performs with all his inventive powers full on, and, importantly, his writing, direction and presence draw wonderful responses from his colleagues .” “ Jack Walrath not only displays tremendous trumpet playing, a rich and varied approach to composition and wonderful band, he also puts something into this fantastic CD that's missing from too much new jazz: a sense of fun and humor. That's not to say that it isn't sensitive and touching at times—"An Hour Blessed" is arguably as gorgeous as anything ever recorded. Musical … Continue reading