Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” (SCCD 31822)

SCCD 31822 Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” The music of the early 20th century French Avant-gardist Erik Satie for a jazz album makes perfect sense when its interpreters/performers are cornetist Kirk Knuffke and his long-time partner pianist Jesse Stacken. They both share their musical background in unconventional new/free jazz as well as classical training. The Knuffke/Stacken duo has released a series of highly acclaimed albums with music by renowned composers of jazz. “This is nostalgia made vibrant, played with precision, depth, good taste and a leisurely refusal to overcrowd its sonic space.” (Martin Longley – AAJ on SCCD 31677 Mockingbird) KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JESSE STACKEN piano Recorded May 2015 … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” (SCCD 31821)

SCCD 31821 Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” This year is the 10th anniversary of Gregory Tardy’s tenure with SteepleChase label which started with his superlative release “The Truth” SCCD 31583. “One of the bright hopes, Tardy sounds like a seeker, absolution and salvation in every solo.” (New York Times) Since then Tardy has, except for a short sabbatical leave from the commercial music scene, kept on creating spiritually inspired music that appealed and reached out to people of all faiths and convictions. On this new album Tardy combines his own new music with a handful of intriguing compositions by other artists from the past to set up a scene … Continue reading

Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” (SCCD 31820)

SCCD 31820 Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Educator/Actor Jason Palmer, the winner of several prestigious competitions including the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition presents his first quartet album here. As always Jason is keen on sharing with the listeners how the music is conceived, developed and performed in his meticulously organized liner notes. The music which based on a Sudoku game originates in the 2007 commissioned work by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in N.Y.C. “…what a superb record it is; one that will caress the discerning ear and repay hours of repeated listening being a refined post-modern extension of timeless hard-bop … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke (SCCD 31819)

SCCD 31819 Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke Danish avant-garde, modern jazz guitarist/composer and most famously leader of “one of Europe’s most sophisticated bands” (Norman Weinstein) has always prided himself on the longevity (since 1980) of his constantly active New Jungle Orchestra. On this new live recording Dørge features his favourite American cornetist Kirk Knuffke and writes music with Kirk’s sound in mind. With the help of engaging audience in Copenhagen NJO delivers one amazing concert here. PIERRE DØRGE guitar, conductor KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JAKOB MYGIND tenor- & soprano saxophone ANDERS BANKE tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet KENNETH AGERHOLM trombone IRENE BECKER piano, synthesizer THOMMY … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Genesis (SCCD 31818)

SCCD 31818 Andy LaVerne “Genesis” To quote Danish critic Niels Overgaard, Andy LaVerne is “one of jazz’s analytical workmen”. The enormous body of his work as pianist, composer and educator over the five decades does not stop LaVerne from being creative to add new dimension to his artistry as evidenced in this new album. “… pianist Andy LaVerne possesses talent that should be commensurate with a much broader public awareness.” (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ) “LaVerne’s writing chops are as impressive as his playing.” (Harvey Siders – Jazztimes on Pianissimo SCCD31512) ANDY LAVERNE piano MIKE RICHMOND bass, cello JASON TIEMANN drums Recorded December 2015 1 GENESIS 7:32 2 METAFOUR 5:50 3 … Continue reading

David Ambrosio / Russ Meissner – Moments In Time (SCCD 33128)

SCCD 33128 David Ambrosio-Russ Meissner “Moments In Time” This month’s LookOut features an exciting New York ensemble co-led by bass/drum team of Ambrosio and Meissner. Bassist David Ambrosio has a wide spectrum of musical background from classical composition to jazz performance including Afro/Cuban Bata drumming which gives a unique color to this album. Drummer Russ Meissner grew up in Toronto, Canada and studied music at William Patterson University in NJ. Since late 90s Meissner has been one of the most sought after drummers on NY scene. With this strong backbone duo New York’s foremost instrumentalists present this inventive and creative set here. LOREN STILLMAN alto saxophone MATT RENZI tenor saxophone, … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Retrospect (SCCD 31816)

SCCD 31816 Ari Ambrose “Retrospect” Tenor saxophonist, composer and now attorney at law (immigration specialist) as well Ari Ambrose has successfully gained the recognition from the critics and the public as one of the most innovative improvisers with his own voice. On this his 14th album Ambrose looks back into the music that inspired him originally as teenager to find something new from it. “Since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase ‘Introducing Ari Ambrose’ some 15 years ago, saxophonist Ari Ambrose has maintained his impressive output and sound – a modern take on classic jazz forms, which he has polished to perfection on this album.” (Propermusic, UK on “settling … Continue reading

Federico Bonifazi “You’ll See” feat. Eric Alexander, John Webber & Jimmy Cobb (SCCD 33125)

SCCD 33125 Federico Bonifazi “You’ll See” feat. Eric Alexander, John Webber & Jimmy Cobb Pianist/composer Federico Bonifazi is considered one of the most outstanding talents of younger generation of Italy. After studying music in Paris and Turin Bonifazi embarked on professional career as a jazz musician in Europe. His trip to NYC in 2014 enabled him to establish a network of friends in New York jazz scene. Bonifazi returned to NYC the following year with host of compositions of his own to record this SteepleChase Lookout debut album with New York’s leading artists including Eric Alexander and the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobbs. FEDERICO BONIFAZI piano ERIC ALEXANDER tenor saxophone JOHN … Continue reading

Freddie Redd "With Due Respect" (SCCD 31817)

SCCD 31817 Freddie Redd “With Due Respect” One of the handful of surviving original hard-boppers Freddie Redd is turning 88 this month. The famed composer of the 60’s iconic off-Broadway play The Connection Redd ’s recording career has been, however, sporadic despite his great talent. His trio album “Music For You” (SCCD 31796) in 2014, the first in almost three decades rectified this trend following the precursory 2012 release of “Music Forever” (SCCD 31743) a tribute album to Redd’s music by altoist Chris Byars’ Octet. On this new album Redd presides over a sextet of much younger generations as performer and composer of old and new compositions embodied here to … Continue reading

Eugenia Choe “Magic Light” (SCCD 33127)

SCCD 33127 Eugenia Choe “Magic Light” While Eugenia Choe is a relatively new face on NY jazz scene, she has been one of the most sought-after pianists around and her own group presented here has been actively performing in NY area for some time. Korean-born Choe also a prolific composer compiles an intriguing repertoire mostly based on her original works fit for the debut album of a burgeoning young artist. EUGENIA CHOE piano DANNY WELLER bass ALEX WYATT drums Recorded April 1 & 2, 2015 1 SHADES OF LIGHT (Eugenia Choe) 3:22 2 KOQUIRRI (Eugenia Choe) 5:38 3 PETALS (Eugenia Choe) 1:15 4 A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING (Billy … Continue reading