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

Paul Brusger – Waiting For The Next Trane (SCCD 33115)

SCCD 33115 Paul Brusger “Waiting For The Next Trane” Bassist/composer/arranger/ Paul Brusger is one of the most sought-after bassists in the New York jazz scene, known for his rock-solid time and his penchant for hard-bop tradition (and for his past as professional baseball player). Here on his SteepleChase LookOut debut album Brusger displays his formidable talent as composer/arranger with his dream quartet comprising of Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), Mike LeDonne (piano) and the legendary Louis Hayes (drums). 1. In A Minor Funk (Paul Brusger)2. It's In There Somewhere (Paul Brusger)3. When Will You Ever Learn (Paul Brusger)4. Waiting For The Next Trane (Paul Brusger)5. Andrea's Delight (Paul Brusger)6. Quintessence (Paul … Continue reading

Gene Segal – Mental Images (SCCD 33114)

SCCD 33114 Gene Segal “Mental Images” Russian-Born Gene Segal, who moved to USA as a child, is one of the elite guitarists of younger generation from the New York scene. After receiving Master’s Degree in composition from prestigious William Patterson University Gene immersed himself in New York’s competitive and creative milieu to find his own voice as an instrumentalist and composer. This Gene Segal’s SteepleChase Lookout debut is the first glimpse into an ever-evolving artist revealing his fascination with Olivier Messiaen, one of the most important composers of the 20 th century. 1. Healing Feeling (Gene Segal)2. Allegory Of The Cave (Gene Segal)3. Minds Eye (Gene Segal)4. Irrational Drives (Gene … Continue reading

Paolo Sapia – Mostly Music (SCCD 33113)

SCCD 33112 Paolo Sapia Quintet “Mostly Music” SteepleChase Lookout is proud to introduce another new exciting artist, originally from Italy currently New York-based Paolo Sapia who started his professional career as jazz pianist. Paolo changed his instrument to alto saxophone in 2004 and moved to New York City with a scholarship from New York University in 2005. Since then Paolo has studied, performed and recorded in USA with a broad range of musicians including Eric McPherson, Jimmy Cobb, Antonio hart, Kevin Hays, Bob Mover, Jeremy Manasia, Mark Turner, Reggie Workman, Quincy Davis, Sam Harris, Eden Ladin, Marco Panascia, Harold O’Neil, Vincent Herring, Joseph Lepore, Luca Santaniello. Philip Dizack, Peter Zak, … Continue reading

Samo Salamon – 2Alto (SCCD 33112)

SCCD 33112 Samo Salamon Bassless Quartet “2ALTO” Guitarist Samo Salamon hails from Marigor, Slovenia and splits his work and life between USA and European Continent, though in the last 10 plus years his activities has kept growing and expanding in the USA collecting numerous accolades from critics and public alike. “ One of the more exciting and inventive improvising artists, Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon’s stylistic modus operandi, coupled with massive chops has earned him prominence within global, progressive-jazz circles . (Glenn Astaria – Jazz Review 2012) “ Guitarist Samo Salamon is one of those players quietly but fully engaged with moving the music forward .” (Nic Jones, AAJ 2011) “ … Continue reading

Bob Sands – Out And About (SCCD 33111)

SCCD 33111 Bob Sands Quartet “Out And About” Saxophonist Bob Sands toured Europe in the 80s with The Lionel Hampton Orchestra and decided to make Madrid, Spain his home in 1992. Born in Manhattan in 1966 Bob started to learn piano at age 5 and saxophone at 9. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with BA in 1988 and further earned the Master Degree with honors from at the Manhattan School of Music in 1991. He has performed with top jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Ron McClure, among others. In Spain he leads his own group which is presented in this new … Continue reading

Anders Mogensen – Just Another Day At The Office (SCCD 33110)

SCCD 33110 Anders Mogensen Quartet “Just Another Day At The Office” SteepleChase LookOut release # 10 here features one of the best drummers Denmark has to offer from the younger generation, Anders Mogensen who studied at Berklee School Of Music (1990 – 1992) in Boston and graduated from the Danish Rhythmic Conservatory with Master Degree in music in 1996. Anders has been a most sought-after musician and an influential figure in European jazz scene performing with Brecker Brother, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Rick Margitza, Steve Swallow, Tim Hagans to mention a few. Anders Mogensen Quartet went into a studio after a successful month-long tour in Scandinavia early 2013 to record … Continue reading

Burak Bedikyan – Circle of Life (SCCD 33109)

SCCD 33109 Burak Bedikyan Quartet “Circle of Life” Burak Bedikyan is a burgeoning jazz pianist/composer from Turkey, one unlikely jazz country in spite of the nation’s historical and cultural heritage which is close to the Western world. Classically trained Bedikyan was introduced to jazz though workshop in modern theory conducted by Aydin Esen, a widely respected Turkish jazz pianist and composer in 1996. Since then Bedikyan has thrived in jazz and here his development culminates in this debut album in collaboration with three supburb American jazz artists: Chris Potter (sax), Peter Washington (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums). “….his music sits at the gateway of East and West, opening a window … Continue reading