Gene Segal – Mental Images (SCCD 33114)

SCCD 33114 Gene Segal “Mental Images” Russian-Born Gene Segal, who moved to USA as a child, is one of the elite guitarists of younger generation from the New York scene. After receiving Master’s Degree in composition from prestigious William Patterson University Gene immersed himself in New York’s competitive and creative milieu to find his own voice as an instrumentalist and composer. This Gene Segal’s SteepleChase Lookout debut is the first glimpse into an ever-evolving artist revealing his fascination with Olivier Messiaen, one of the most important composers of the 20 th century. 1. Healing Feeling (Gene Segal)2. Allegory Of The Cave (Gene Segal)3. Minds Eye (Gene Segal)4. Irrational Drives (Gene … Continue reading

George Colligan – Ask Me Tomorrow (SCCD 31783)

SCCD 31783 George Colligan “Ask Me Tomorrow” More than a decade ago critic C. Andrew Hovan cited Colligan “One of New York’s finest”. George Colligan has since evolved into a matured and yet adventurous artist on the world stage. This latest album showcases his new New York trio performing all Colligan originals. “His own intelligent and emotional talents create room for the best to play at their very own best…..With George Colligan at the helm, the horizon is not the limit .” (Travis Rogers – JazzTimes on “The Facts” SCCD 31752) 1. Ask Me Tomorrow (George Colligan)2. Two Notes Four Chords (George Colligan)3. Prague (George Colligan)4. Return To Copenhagen (George … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke, Jesse Stacken – Five (SCCD 31779)

SCCD 31779 Kirk Knuffke/Jesse Stacken “FIVE” The twosome of cornettist Kirk Knuffke and pianist Jesse Stacken made SteepleChase Debut in 2009 with the highly acclaimed album “Mockingbird” (SCCD 31677) with subtitle The Music of Thelonious Monk & Duke Ellington. Martin Longley of AAJ commented, “… it's refreshing to find the two pianist/composers united in a single conception, pointing out that they probably have more similarities than differences. …This is nostalgia made vibrant, played with precision, depth, good taste and a leisurely refusal to overcrowd its sonic space.” Here on this new album the Knuffke/Stacken duo challenges the similar concept of unifying two composer/pianists Carla Bley and Bill Evans. The result … Continue reading