Chris Byars “A Hundred Years From Today” (SCCD 31868)

SCCD 31868 Chris Byars “A Hundred Years From Today” For the past ten years saxophonist/composer/arranger/educator Chris Byars has passionately excavated and re-examined earlier gems of music by jazz’s historical contributors such as Gigi Gryce, Lucky Thompson, Freddie Redd, Duke Jordan, among others. For this new album Byars penned nine original compositions as a tribute to jazz greats who turned 100 years in 2017. “Chris Byars has done a remarkable job reviving these neglected compositions of Frank Strozier while also putting his own stamp on them with his inventive arrangements.” (Ken Dryden – NYCJR on “The Music Of Frank Strozier” SCCD 31824) Chris Byars tenor saxophoneJohn Mosca tromboneZAID NASSER alto saxophoneStefano … Continue reading

Harold Danko & Kirk Knuffke “Play Date” (SCCD 31867)

SCCD 31867 Harold Danko & Kirk Knuffke “Play Date” Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies (Eastman College of Music, Univ. of Rochester) Harold Danko pays homage to Be Bop’s song-smith Duke Jordan here in an inaugural meeting with New York’s rising star cornetist Kirk Knuffke. Duke Jordan’s distinctive melodies receive Danko/Knuffke duo’s refined and creative reading and mingle naturally with their free tunes in between. “… (Harold Danko’s remarkable authority and heartfelt approach have been nothing short of an inspiration” (C. Andrew Hoven – AAJ) “This is a fascinating showcase for Kirk Knuffke’s versatility. He can apply his cornet to a dazzling variety of settings …” (Jerome Wilson – AAJ on … Continue reading