Dexter Gordon – Satin Doll (SCCD 36038)

SCCD 36038 Dexter Gordon Quartet “Satin Doll” Another magical summer night of 1967 from the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen finds Dexter Gordon in company of drummer Art Taylor who heats up the evening’s temperature. “ Dex's idiosyncratic spoken intros to tunes like "I Should Care" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" are charming, and the gritty soulfulness of his playing reminds us just how much we miss the greats of his generation. They don't make 'em like this anymore .” (JazzTimes’ Chris Kelsey on Loose Walk SCCD 36032) “ …a welcome program that finds Gordon in a limber and exploratory mode. Foibles in fidelity aside, Dex aficionados will be sold … Continue reading

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Ebbe Munk – Lewkovitch: All My Springs 2 (KON 32344)

The fact that Barnhard Lewkovitch turned 85 in May this year defies the real picture of a vital and prolific composer. Upbringing and educational background in Roman Catholic environment gave Lewkovitch a unique insight to the liturgy and its music. Combined with his interest and experiment in contemporary music both his sacred and secular works brought him considerable fame. This album is the squeal of “All My Springs” Kontrapunkt 32283 (1998). COPENHAGEN ROYAL CHAPEL CHOIR founded in 1924 quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training in SANKT ANNÆ GYMNASIUM, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School. Since Ebbe Munk … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz – The Skyline Session (SCCD 31753)

SCCD 31753 Olegario Diaz “Time Was” Pianist Olegario Diaz has firmly established himself in American jazz scene as well as in his native country Venezuela. Following his highly successful SteepleChase debut album “Having Fun” (SCCD 31733) last year Olegario put together his dream band here for his second release with Rich Perry (tenor sax) and Ron McClure (bass) from the first album and Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Lewis Nash (drums) as new addition. Diaz’ old class mate from City College NYC Lewis Nash remarks, “ It was a wonderful session and I’m sure that the joy we all experienced that day can also be heard and felt when listening to … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Three’s Not A Crowd (SCCD 31751)

SCCD 31751 Andy LaVerne “Three Is Not A Crowd” The “Three” of “The Three Is Not A Crowd” goes way back to 1977 when Andy LaVerne, Mike Richmond and Billy Hart comprised the rhythm section for the great Stan Getz quartet. Andy LaVerne cut his debut album with Richmond and Hart that year in Copenhagen which was released as “Another World” SCCD 31086. 35 years later the “Three” convened in a NJ studio to record. The result here is not just a reunion but a new world of creative outpouring by the three mature artists. 1. Fourth Right (Andy LaVerne)2. Three Is Not A Crowd (Andy LaVerne)3. Bird Song (Andy … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Take A Little Trip (SCCD 31750)

SCCD 31750 Jason Palmer “Take A Little Trip” Trumpeter/composer Jason Palmer, whom Mark Gardner aptly described as one of the foremost brass players of his generation, has investigated the works by or associated with the legendary singer Minnie Riperton for this his latest album where pop merged with jazz in a most creative way. Jason’s previous release “Here Today” (SCCD 31724) received 4½ stars from DownBeat. Its reviewer Jon Ross remarks, “… Palmer has created an album of lengthy intriguing compositions that are full of engaging extras…Palmer is an exciting player…” 1. Take A Little Trip (Stevie Wonder)2. Lovin' You (Minnie Riperton / Richard Rudolph)3. I'm In Love Again (Minnie … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke, Ted Brown – Pound Cake (SCCD 31749)

SCCD 31749 Kirk Knuffke & Ted Brown “Pound Case” Cornettist Kirk Knuffke whose previous release “Like A Tree” (SCCD 31739) with his duo collaborator Jesse Stachen prompted Peter Margasak of DownBeat to write, “… Its performances are pitch-perfect, displaying an intuitive understanding that rings something deeply personal to the project.” For his SteepleChase recording #4 project Kirk had a very special partner in mind: veteran tenorman Ted Brown who is out of the Tristano school and at the age of 84 still active and creative on the world stage. “Pound Case” is “ of great subtlety, quality and beauty …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) “…Sitting comfortably at the … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Time Was (SCCD 31748)

SCCD 31748 Rich Perry “Time Was” Tenor saxophonist Rich Perry began his recording career for this label in 1998 with “To Start Again” (SCCD 31331). Since then his prolific outputs through the years have captured “ …… With his full but soft-edged tone, subtle articulation and impeccable use of dynamics, Perry imbues each of the nine standards in the program with intense feeling …” (David Franklin of JazzTimes on “East Of The Sun … “… Perry's most recent recording as a leader is e*motion and features a quartet—pianist Danko, bassist Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield—that has played together for almost 15 years! The openness and shared mission to make great … Continue reading

Craig Brann – Adventure (SCCD 31747)

A new face on SteepleChase, guitarist Craig Brann was born in Whitefield, Maine in 1978 and studied music at William Patterson University in New Jersey. He lives in Brooklyn and performs in and around New York City. Craig’s SteepleChase debut “Advent[ure]” is SteepleChase’s first ever “Christmas” album as all the tunes are based on Christmas carols. Those Christmas melodies here are, however, reworked into something fresh and new by the creative hand of Brann who has long been influenced by Lennie Tristano. " Required holiday listening… Craig Brann and friends dig deep into the jazz canon in order to truly reinvent the world of holiday music. Listen up – you'll … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Free Admission (SCCD 31746)

Vic Juris’ new album continues in the highly acclaimed guitar trio configuration of his earlier release “Omega Is The Alpha” SCCD 31696 , on which John Kelman of AAJ remarked, “…. That Juris is working in an open-ended trio setting with two players of like-minded intent and similarly undervalued status, only makes Omega is the Alpha an even more exceptional album. …. it's also a sure bet as one of this year's finest guitar sets.” “…. Juris is a favourite among guitarists, in part because his exceptional technique is all but masked by his dedication to playing interesting things …” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD) 1. Congeniality (Ornette … Continue reading

Jed Levy – Rain (SCCD 31745)

Frequent leader on the label Jed Levy called upon for this new album pianist George Colligan and bassist Ron McClure both of whom were the sidemen of Jed’s remarkable SteepleChase debut “Sleight of Hand” (SCCD 31383). “ Very impressive and about as inventive a departure from the standard tenor-and-rhythm conventions as one can hope for… ” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD – on “Sleight of Hand”) “… saxophonist Jed Levy delivers one of the most enjoyable albums of the year. It's also accessible, straight-ahead music that everyone can enjoy …” (George Kanzler AAJ on “One Night At The Kitano” SCCD —-) 1. Stomp In F Sharp Minor (Jed … Continue reading