Carl Winther & Jerry Bergonzi “Inner Journey” (SCCD 33134)

SCCD 33134 Carl Winther & Jerry Bergonzi “Inner Journey” Shipping June 15, 2017. Pianist/composer Carl Winther dedicates this album to his father, legendary Danish trumpeter/composer/bandleader Jens Winther, whose untimely death February 24, 2011 stunned his fans. Carl Winther himself is an award-winning artist who – while attributes his musical foundation to his famous father – is his own voice to establish himself in the international scene. “ .. If you are into highly modern jazz trio with American roots, this album has a lot to offer.” (Brian Petre – Jazz Special on SCCD 33130 “Deconstructing Mr. X”) CARL WINTHER piano JERRY BERGONZI tenor saxophone JOHNNY ÅMAN bass ANDERS MOGENSEN drums … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke “Cherryco” (SCCD 31832)

SCCD 31832 Kirk Knuffke “Cherryco” The winner of Downbeat Magazine’s “Rising Star” critics poll 2015 cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is presenting here his interpretation of compositions by the two iconic practitioners of 60’s free jazz movement Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. For Kirk – being identified himself with new jazz – who had known Coleman in his late years personally, this engaging tribute is an axiom. “One of modern jazz’s most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing“, he has “full command of his most demanding instrument…” – (All About Jazz) KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JAY ANDERSON bass ADAM NUSSBAUM drums Recorded February 2016 1 … Continue reading

Federico Bonifazi featuring Philip Harper “E 74 ST” (SCCD 33135)

SCCD 33135 Federico Bonifazi featuring Philip Harper “E 74 ST” Italy’s new piano-forte star Federico Bonifazi hails from Umbrian region but his musical soul belongs to the jazz scene of New York city where this his second SteepleChase LookOut release was produced. On this album Bonifazi invites trumpeter Philip Harper of the Harper Brothers to be featured. “You’ll see is an album worthy of special attention, designed and built with strong artistic personality and with a huge communicative generosity, in which Bonifazi interacts with his fellow performers with that nurturing freedom with humility and discretion that only great artists possess and that’s what makes this CD a real gem in … Continue reading

Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” (SCCD 31831)

New Releases April 2017 Shipping April 5 SCCD 31831 Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” Veteran alto saxophonist Andy Fusco, despite his long-time active career which had begun with the 5-year tenure with the Buddy Rich Big Band in the late 70s, has been notoriously under-recorded as a leader. His SteepleChase debut album last year “Whirlwind” SCCD 31811, though it took 12 years before its release, has marked the new era for the virtuoso instrumentalist. Here on his new album (only one year has passed since the last one) Fusco leads his hand-picked band to present a tasteful and full-blooded program. “Whirlwind is one of those rare releases that exceeds craft and competence, … Continue reading

Gene Segal “Spiral” (SCCD 33132)

SCCD 33132 Gene Segal “Spiral” (New Release April 2017, Shipping April 5) Guitarist/composer Gene Segal is rapidly becoming a stalwart regular player of SteepleChase Lookout with this his 3rd album, for which Gene assembles an organ trio. With his unpredictable, open, unconventional style still intact Segal applies a mini paradigm shift to straighter jazz and reveals a new dimension. “While Segal still loves the funk, as the opening “Healing Feeling” definitively shows, the remainder of the album doesn’t easily fit into any one musical pigeonhole; unless there’s a category at your local music store called “accomplished, original jazz-rock from out of left-field.” (Dave Wayne – AAJ on SCCD 33114) GENE … Continue reading

Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827)

New Releases March 2017 Shipping March 10 SCCD 31827 Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” Burgeoning vocalist/composer/lyricist Allegra Levy grabbed attention of critics and public with her 2014 debut album “Lonely City” SCCD 33118. Allen Morrison of Downbeat remarked, “Allegra Levy has a pleasing alto, a sultry delivery and a propensity to swing. Her debut album, Lonely City, is consistently engaging.” “Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent.” (Christopher Loudon – JazzTimes) Here on her new album, Allegra teamed-up with a powerhouse quintet tells her stories in both contemporary … Continue reading

Peter & Will Anderson “Clarinet Summit” (SCCD 33133)

New Release March 2017 Shipping March 10 SCCD 33133 Peter & Will Anderson “Clarinet Summit” Young Anderson Brothers (Peter and Will are identical twins) both on clarinet here band together with two veteran clarinetists Ken Peplowski with rich background in big band jazz and multiple Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera to perform live to a jubilant audience. “They are sparkling virtuosos and their clever, tidy arrangements for various combinations of clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone are smart and refreshing…. everything they play sounds fresh, creative and in the moment.” (Paul de Barros – Soundposts) HOW ABOUT YOU? (MP3 SAMPLE DOWNLOAD) PETER ANDERSON clarinet WILL ANDERSON clarinet KEN PEPLOWSKI clarinet PAQUITO … Continue reading

Chet Baker & Paul Bley “Diane” (G1207)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1207 Chet Baker & Paul Bley “Diane” A SteepleChase recording that has become a classic, not only due to the strong music created by two of modern music’s most original talents, but also for bringing pianist Paul Bley back to playing standard material. “The intimate conversation between two of jazz’s most enigmatic characters is played primarily on Baker’s home turf … Baker, bless him, can crack your heart with a single note … Baker is alive and well … and still deliciously blue.” (Joe Vanderford – Spectator Magazine) “This is introspective, and deserves undivided attention to … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” (G1080)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1080 Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” Recorded in NYC in the midst of Dexter’s great come back to the USA Biting The Apple was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Diamant of 1978 by the Montreux Jazz Festival. “Biting The Apple being recorded around the same time as his “Homecoming” (CBS) album sounds much better with strong backing by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Al Foster.” (Oakland Tribune) “… Dexter in command, authoritative and muscularly assertive as ever…” (Mike Hennessey – Jazz Journal) “… excellent representation of his strength and subtlety in this … Continue reading