Clifford Jordan – Firm Roots (SCCD 31033)

SCCD 31033 Firm Roots / Clifford Jordan & The Magic Triangle This was the first appearance of the popular Clifford Jordan & The Magic Triangle (alias The Cedar Walton Trio) on SteepleChase. (Other releases are SCCD 31047 “Highest Mountain” and SCCD 31104 “On Stage vol. 3”.) “.. .a truly fine quartet recording .” (MM) 1. Firm roots (Cedar Walton)2. Angel in the night (Billy Higgins)3. Scorpio (Sam Jones)4. Bearcat (Clifford Jordan)5. Inga (Billy Higgins)6. Voices deep within me (Cedar Walton)7. One for Amos (Sam Jones) UPC/EAN: 716043103324 … Continue reading

Tete Montoliu – Tete! (SCCD 31029)

SCCD 31029 Tete / Tete Montoliu Trio Catalan pianist Vincente Tete Montoliu (b. March 28, 1933 in Barcelona) “ swings like no other pianist in Europe ”, once remarked Ben Webster. Jazz Journal confirmed Ben’s opinion in reviewing this album, “… he could blow most contemporary pianists into the ground technically …”. And Radio Free Jazz of USA (the predecessor of JazzTimes) concluded, “… This is the best piano record in many years and one that will certainly rank with the best of any era .” 1. Giant steps (John Coltrane)2. Theme for Ernie (Freddie Lacey)3. Body and soul (Johnny Green)4. Solar (Miles Davis)5. I remember Clifford (Benny Golson)6. Hot … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – New York Calling (SCCD 31023)

SCCD 31023 New York Calling / Jackie McLean & The Cosmic Brotherhood In 1973 veteran Jackie McLean formed The Cosmic Brotherhood, a sextet of young and talented New York musicians including his son René. This is their first recording. “… it is rewarding and refreshing to find one musician of repute who adheres to his roots and is also capable of “making it new” as evinced by the storming performances on New York Calling …the session has a contemporary, authentic jazz sound, without recourse to dread jazz-rock grooves .” (C. W., Melody Maker) 1. New York calling (Billy Skinner)2. Star dancer (Billy Skinner)3. Camel driver (Billy Gault)4. Some other time … Continue reading

Lee Konitz, Red Mitchell – I Concentrate On You (SCCD 31018)

SCCD 31018 I Concentrate On You / Lee Konitz & Red mitchell Lee Konitz (b. October 13, 1927 in Chicago) is perhaps the only alto player who as a contemporary of Charlie Parker remained un-influenced by Parker and developed his own style. “.. .I Concentrate On You on the excellent Danish jazz label SteepleChase… is a delightful, extremely mellow LP … I love this album. I love Cole Porter, and Konitz is well-suited to Porter’s music …” (Neil Teser – Chicago READER) “… a completely lovely collection of Cole Porter songs. rolled out in endless exchanges between Lee’s alto, which has rarely sounded better or more lyrical and Red Michell’s … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Even The Moon Is Dancing (SCCD 31208)

SCCD 31208 Even The Moon Is Dancing / Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “… Led by young Danish guitarist and composer Pierre Dørge, its earthy sounds are a universal hybrid that set you off dancing regardless of your national or cultural background…These sounds move you, feet to mind .” (Peter Kostakis, ***** DownBeat) 1. The mooche (Duke Ellington)2. Suho ning samo (Pierre Dørge)3. Bambla jolifanti (Pierre Dørge)4. Very hot/Autobahn Tchicai (Pierre Dørge)5. Mirjam's dadadance (Pierre Dørge)6. A rose for Laurent (Pierre Dørge)7. Even the moon is dancing (Pierre Dørge) UPC/EAN: 716043120826 … Continue reading

Chet Baker, Paul Bley – Diane (SCCD 31207)

SCCD 31207 Diane / Chet Baker & Paul Bley 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. 1. If I should lose you (Robin/Rainger)2. You go to my head (Coots/Gillespie)3. How deep is the ocean (Irving Berlin)4. Pent-up house (Sonny Rollins)5. Everytime we say goodbye (Cole Porter)6. Diane (Rapee)7. Skidadidlin' (Chet Baker)8. Little girl blue (Richard Rodgers) UPC/EAN: 716043120727 … Continue reading

Michal Urbaniak – Take Good Care Of My Heart (SCCD 31195)

SCCD 31195 Take Good Care Of My Heart / Michal Urbaniak with Horace Parlan Trio This recording with the title song “Take Good Care Of My Heart” by Jermine Jackson was nominated for Down Beat’s “Jazz Album Of The Year” 1985. It was also nominated for a Grammy Polish Violinist/bandleader Michal Urbaniak (b. January 22, 1943 in Warsaw) studied violin (from age 6), soprano saxophone and later tenor saxophone. While working as a classical violinist after graduating from the Conservatory in Warsaw, Michal played tenor sax in jazz groups in Poland. He moved to New York in the 70s and has made numbers of highly successful albums with his own … Continue reading

Horace Parlan – Glad I Found You (SCCD 31194)

SCCD 31194 Glad I Found You / Horace Parlan Quintet This is Horace Parlan’s second quintet date (the first one “Frank-ly Speaking” SCCD 31076 recorded in New York) and this time recording took place in Copenhagen with fellow expatriate Thad Jones on flugelhorn and visiting tenorman Eddie Harris on the front line. This session incidentally marks Thad Jones’ come-back as an instrumentalist after a break enforced on by an accident. “.. .it’s another fine addition to Parlan’s discography .” (Jazz Journal) 1. Monday morning blues (Horace Parlan)2. Hip walk (Bernt Rosengren)3. Oblivion (Bud Powell)4. Something for Silver (Horace Parlan)5. Glad I found you (Al Levit)6. Afternoon in Paris (John Lewis) … Continue reading

Chet Baker – This Is Always (SCCD 31168)

SCCD 31168 This Is Always / Chet Baker Trio This is the second release from the night at Montmartre Jazzhus (earlier release is “Daybreak” SCCD 31142) by the best Chet Baker Trio of this period. “… he sounds masterful, and is ably accompanied by Raney’s soft-bop guitar and NHØP’s towering bass …” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz – new edition) 1. How deep is the ocean (Irving Berlin)2. House of jade (Wayne Shorter)3. Love for sale (Cole Porter)4. This is always (Jimmy Van Heusen)5. Way to go out (Phil Urso) UPC/EAN: 716043116829 … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Looking At Bird (SCCD 31149)

SCCD 31149 Looking At Bird / Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen “… a serious meditation in the Parker universe: Shepp accompanied only by the extraordinary bass of intuitive Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen… The two musicians here in this Parker revisited, however, do not get lost in the immense shadow of the idol …” (Télérama) 1. Moose the mooche (Charlie Parker)2. Embraceable you (George Gershwin)3. Ornithology (Charlie Parker)4. Billie's bounce (Charlie Parker)5. Yardbird suite (Charlie Parker)6. Blues for Alice (Charlie Parker)7. How deep is the ocean (Irving Berlin)8. Confirmation (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043114924 … Continue reading