Mark Minchello – Trinomial (SCCD 33117)

SCCD 33117 Mark Minchello Trio “Trinomial”  Organist Mark Minchello is no stranger to SteepleChase, having been a member of Elliot Zigmund’s group Trio EZ. He is at home in both the jazz and pop worlds. He has worked with traditional jazz artists Cecil Payne and Ted Curson as well as contemporary jazz artists Boney James, Gerald Albright and Will Downing. For 18 years he served as musical director to R&B Diva Regina Belle. On this leader debut album Mark brings fresh ideas to the great tradition of organ jazz. 1. Wildflower (Wayne Shorter) 2. Blue In Green (Bill Evans) 3. Sometime Ago (Sergio Mihaovich) 4. United (Wayne Shorter) 5. Rivers … Continue reading

Peter Zak – The Disciple (SCCD 31791)

SCCD 31791 Peter Zak Trio “The Disciple” Peter Zak on this his 10th album reveals his thoughts on jazz compositions by writing his own liner notes, which makes quite an interesting read as a bonus to the strong music embodied here. “…Zak’s originals have the strengths to become jazz standards themselves .” (Ken Dryden – the NYC Jazz Records on The Disciple SCCD 31791) “ Pianist Peter Zak and his superb trio went into the studio to swing on Down East, and swing they did…. Zak’s beautiful way with a melody comes to the forefront .” (Dan McClenaghan – AAJ on Down East SCCD 31715) “ To “get” Zak, you … Continue reading

Stanley Cowell – Are You Real? (SCCD 31790)

SCCD 31790 Stanley Cowell Trio “Are You Real?” Stanley Cowell during the last five decades has not only been active on the jazz scene but also devoted himself in the musical education of younger generation. Now his well-earned retirement from teaching at the Rutgers enables him to spend more time in performing and recording. The latest album, which is his 13th release on this label, Stanley Cowell presents himself as a supreme interpreter of jazz’s standard titles. “…it’s a great pleasure to hear Stanley Cowell’s It’s Time: a finely crafted collection of mostly originals that is at once sophisticated, both aggressive and pensive, and simply fascinating to listen to.” (Greg … Continue reading