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

Bernd Reiter Quintet feat. Eric Alexander “Workout” (SCCD 33123)

SCCD 33123 Bernd Reiter Quintet feat. Eric Alexander “Workout” Award winning Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter has already, in spite of his young age, played with jazz’s luminaries like Charles Davis, Kirk Lightsey, Mundell Lowe, Steve Grossman, to mention a few. Reiter formed the quintet presented here in 2015 to perform a tribute program of Hank Mobley’s music featuring American tenorsax Eric Alexander whom he started to work with in 2012. The band’s extensive European tour produced this live album from the last two concerts from the Bird’s Eye in Basil, Switzerland. One of the reviews of the live performances simply put it “Jazz at its best!”. ERIC ALEXANDER tenor saxophone … Continue reading

IRENE BECKER & AVIAJA LUMHOLT “Magic Mystery Moon” (SCCD 33126)

SCCD 33126 IRENE BECKER & AVIAJA LUMHOLT “Magic Mystery Moon” Denmark’s outstanding keyboardist/pianist/composer Irene Becker first entered in media’s limelight as a charter member of the one of the first women rock band in Denmark back in the 70s. Irene has since been a central figure in the Danish contemporary music scene as composer/performer and as an essential member of the famed New Jungle Orchestra led by her colleague/husband Pierre Dørge. Here on her new album Irene showcases her mettle as arranger/composer adding Greenlandic singer Aviaja Lumholt’s voice to create a unique musical universe. American cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the winner of the 2015 DownBeat “Rising Star” award makes a guest … Continue reading

Peter & Will Anderson “A Sax Supreme” (SCCD 33122)

SCCD 33122 Peter & Will Anderson “A Sax Supreme” The Anderson Brothers (identical twins) are no new-comers in spite of their young age (b. 1987 in Washington D.C.). Peter & Will had already been active on US and international jazz scene as teenagers receiving numerous accolades from the press and acclaim from the thrilled audience. On this new album Peter (tenor sax), Will (alto sax) join forces with fellow tenor saxists Ken Peplowski and Grant Stewart to present a dazzling program of quintessential jazz repertoire. “A Perfect example of two heads being better than one. Outfitting a group with alto and tenor saxophones perfectly encapsulates the wide harmonic array and … Continue reading

Gene Segal Trio/Quintet – Matter (SCCD 33121)

SCCD 33121 Gene Segal Trio/Quintet “Matter” New York-based guitarist/composer Gene Segal was born in Russia and immigrated to USA as a young child with his musician family. His upbringing in European music tradition combined with American contemporary music including jazz enabled Gene Segal to create his unique universe of multi-layered music. “…the energy on this CD is different/better in major ways….if raw energy in jazz is your forte – GET THIS one!..I give Gene & all his players a definite MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…” (Improvijazzation #146 on SCCD 33114 “Mental Images”) GENE SEGAL guitar JON IRABAGON tenor saxophone SAM SADIGURSKY clarinet, bass clarinet SEAN CONLY bass JAIMEO BROWN drums Recorded December … Continue reading

Joe Manis – The Golden Mean (SCCD 33120)

SCCD 33120 Joe Manis “The Golden Mean” Since his Steeplechase debut release of “North By Northwest” SCCD 33102 in September, 2012, Joe Manis has kept this organ trio featuring George Colligan busy performing in and around Oregon where he bases his activities on. Here is their second album which clearly shows the intensity and remarkable rapport of a tightknit working band. “Adding Colligan’s B-3 to his trio provoked an enjoyably incendiary chemical reaction on their 2013 album North by Northwest, with the two soloists inspiring each other to ever more daring flights, mostly in the classic style.”— Willamette Week JOE MANIS tenor saxophone, bass clarinet** GEORGE COLLIGAN Hammond B-3 organ, … Continue reading

Burak Bedikyan Quartet – Leap Of Faith (SCCD 33119)

SCCD 33119 Burak Bedikyan Quartet “Leap Of Faith”  One of Turkey’s leading pianists Burak Bedikyan has been rapidly establishing himself as a star player on the international jazz scene since the release of his first SteepleChase Lookout album “Circle Of Life” SCCD 33109 (2013). For his second album here Bedikyan further showcases an exciting process of on-going development as a performer and composer with unique musical background. “This is an interesting overture for the Turkish newcomer, but it sounds like there’s much more in reserve.” (John Fordham – The Guardian on “Circle Of Life”) “Burak Bedikyan takes charge of the finest quartet recording for 2013, Circle Of Life… Bedikyan is … Continue reading

Allegra Levy – Lonely City (SCCD 33118)

SCCD 33118 Allegra Levy “Lonely City” Allegra Levy, a New England Conservatory graduate in her early 20s, has already established herself as a singer/composer/band leader in the New York jazz scene with her sultry, rich tones and truly original compositional skills.  Assisted by the legendary trumpeter John McNeil with recording and producing, Allegra makes her recording debut here showcasing her enormous talent. “This is a mature first recording by a singer you’re sure to hear more from. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed producing it. The tunes are catchy and well-constructed, and you’ll probably find yourself singing them in a short time. I sing them still.” … Continue reading

Mark Minchello – Trinomial (SCCD 33117)

SCCD 33117 Mark Minchello Trio “Trinomial”  Organist Mark Minchello is no stranger to SteepleChase, having been a member of Elliot Zigmund’s group Trio EZ. He is at home in both the jazz and pop worlds. He has worked with traditional jazz artists Cecil Payne and Ted Curson as well as contemporary jazz artists Boney James, Gerald Albright and Will Downing. For 18 years he served as musical director to R&B Diva Regina Belle. On this leader debut album Mark brings fresh ideas to the great tradition of organ jazz. 1. Wildflower (Wayne Shorter) 2. Blue In Green (Bill Evans) 3. Sometime Ago (Sergio Mihaovich) 4. United (Wayne Shorter) 5. Rivers … Continue reading

Christian Coleman/Gavin Ahearn – Cooper Ridge (SCCD 33116)

SCCD 33116 Christian Coleman/Gavin Ahearn Quartet “Cooper Ridge” New York-based drummer/composer Christian Coleman and one of Australia’s leading pianist Gavin Ahearn worked and recorded together in Sydney in 2008. They got together again in New York to record early this year. The superb recording came under the radar of SteepleChase LookOut label resulting in this release. . The session was further joined by the winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition Jon Irabagon and New York’s up and coming bassist Iranian-American Sam Minaie. 1. Fly Away Butterfly (Gavin Ahearn)2. Trample (Christian Coleman)3. Vortex (Gavin Ahearn)4. Bearspray (Christian Coleman)5. Mount Wellington (Gavin Ahearn)6. The Kelley House (Christian Coleman)7. Tuk Tuk … Continue reading