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

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

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

Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello “Camaraderie” (SCCD 33131)

SCCD 33131 Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello “Camaraderie” Camaraderie – a partnership of organist Mark Minchello and saxophonist Bob Hanlon – is a follow up to their first Steeplechase release Trinomial. This CD features the outstanding guitar work of Vic Juris and Bob Devos as well as newcomer Charlie Sigler and drummers Andy Watson and Pete McDonald. “AH! The Hammond B3 trio with sax and drums, and Hammond hitter Mark Minchello makes the team wheeze, groove and fog up an interesting and well thought collection of tunes. They keep away from the blues and instead venture into uncharted waters by doing tunes not usually associated with this genre.” (George W. … Continue reading

Carl Winther “Deconstructing Mr. X” (SCCD 33130)

SCCD 33130 Carl Winther “Deconstructing Mr. X” Award winning jazz pianist/composer Carl Winther (b. 1984 in Denmark) has already established himself in the international elite instrumentalist circuit of younger generation. Growing up in a musical family with his father, renowned trumpeter Jens Winther (1960 – 2011) Carl embarked on his professional music career while still a teenager performing and recording with Billy Hart, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Evans, George Garzone, Adam Nussbaum, Dick Oats, and Doug Raney to mention a few. “Carl Winther is an enterprising and original pianist and composer. He has toured all over the world, and is a representative of the high standard of Danish jazz internationally.” (Quintonic … Continue reading

Burak Bedikyan “Awakening” (SCCD 33129)

SCCD 33129 Burak Bedikyan “Awakening” Being a former classical pianist, Turkish-born Burak Bedikyan employs his enormous technical proficiency to elaborate his compositions here on this third album to illustrate the new depth in his creativity. “…his exponential growth as a performer, composer and arranger is chronicled with one of the finest releases for 2013 in Circle of Life …” (Brent Black – Bob-N-Jazz on SCCD33109 Circle of Life) LOREN STILLMAN alto saxophone BURAK BEDIKYAN piano LOREN STILLMAN alto & soprano saxophone UGONNA OKEGWO bass DONALD EDWARDS drums Recorded December 2015 1 Idée Fixe 7:06 2 Mother Earth 8:53 3 All Alone 7:47 4 Unfair Blues 6:06 5 Awakening 8:30 6 … 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

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

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

Greg Burk “Clean Spring” (SCCD 33124)

SCCD 33124 Greg Burk “Clean Spring” On January 3rd this year one of the greatest contemporary jazz pianists Paul Bley passed away. Bley left a younger generation of inspired artists behind. Greg Burk is one of them, not that he plays like Bley who was his mentor/teacher but he inherited Bley’s nonconformist approach to music. Burk currently a resident of Rome, Italy is no newcomer to the scene. Quite a few of his recordings has been highly acclaimed throughout the world. This strikingly original solo recital is his first release on SteepleChase Lookout with a bonus of a captivating short story by the pianist himself. GREG BURK piano Recorded March … Continue reading