Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” (SCCD 31831)

New Releases April 2017 Shipping April 5 SCCD 31831 Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” Veteran alto saxophonist Andy Fusco, despite his long-time active career which had begun with the 5-year tenure with the Buddy Rich Big Band in the late 70s, has been notoriously under-recorded as a leader. His SteepleChase debut album last year “Whirlwind” SCCD 31811, though it took 12 years before its release, has marked the new era for the virtuoso instrumentalist. Here on his new album (only one year has passed since the last one) Fusco leads his hand-picked band to present a tasteful and full-blooded program. “Whirlwind is one of those rare releases that exceeds craft and competence, … Continue reading

Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827)

New Releases March 2017 Shipping March 10 SCCD 31827 Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” Burgeoning vocalist/composer/lyricist Allegra Levy grabbed attention of critics and public with her 2014 debut album “Lonely City” SCCD 33118. Allen Morrison of Downbeat remarked, “Allegra Levy has a pleasing alto, a sultry delivery and a propensity to swing. Her debut album, Lonely City, is consistently engaging.” “Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent.” (Christopher Loudon – JazzTimes) Here on her new album, Allegra teamed-up with a powerhouse quintet tells her stories in both contemporary … Continue reading

Chet Baker & Paul Bley “Diane” (G1207)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1207 Chet Baker & Paul Bley “Diane” 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. “The intimate conversation between two of jazz’s most enigmatic characters is played primarily on Baker’s home turf … Baker, bless him, can crack your heart with a single note … Baker is alive and well … and still deliciously blue.” (Joe Vanderford – Spectator Magazine) “This is introspective, and deserves undivided attention to … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” (G1080)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1080 Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” Recorded in NYC in the midst of Dexter’s great come back to the USA Biting The Apple was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Diamant of 1978 by the Montreux Jazz Festival. “Biting The Apple being recorded around the same time as his “Homecoming” (CBS) album sounds much better with strong backing by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Al Foster.” (Oakland Tribune) “… Dexter in command, authoritative and muscularly assertive as ever…” (Mike Hennessey – Jazz Journal) “… excellent representation of his strength and subtlety in this … Continue reading

Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” (SCCD 31826)

SCCD 31826 Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” Mike Richmond, Grammy Award-winning bassist with vast experience with leaders such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Jack DeJohnette, Gil Evans, Chet Baker to mention a few, leads here his own group with cello as his instrument for the first time. Cello as a jazz instrument is still a rarity but its history goes back to the 50s when Oscar Pettiford broke new ground. Richmond put together this all-Pettiford-composition album to honor the pioneer. “…Dance for Andy is one of those rare CDs that sustain interest through a 70-minute-plus duration.” (Richard Cook & Brian Morton – The Penguin Guide on SCCD 31267) “Richmond … Continue reading

Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce” (SCCD 31825)

SCCD 31825 Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce” Stephen Riley started his recording career with SteepleChase in 2005 with an amazing (and unusual) piano-less trio SCCD 31584 Inside Out. Since then he had more often than not opted for the piano-less format until he recorded his 2013 quartet release SCCD 31765 Lover with Peter Zak on piano. Riley and Zak started performing as duo and made their first duo release SCCD 31806 Haunted Heart to critical and public acclaim. So here’s “Deuce” to follow up by the empathic twosome. “…This session is his third meeting with pianist Peter Zak, whose sensitive accompaniment allows Riley the breathing room he thought could … Continue reading

Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” (SCCD 31824)

SCCD 31824 Chris Byars “The Music of Frank Strozier” Chris Byars’s ongoing endeavour to re-discover and celebrate works by outstanding jazz composers of the past generations produced here another collection of gems by alto saxophonist Frank Strozier superbly arranged by Byars. Born in Memphis, TN in 1937 Frank Strozier grew up playing piano in the nourishing Memphis blues/jazz environment. Strozier established himself in New York as highly acclaimed alto sax player and composer in the 1960s, performing a. o. as a member of The Miles Davis Sextet. “The music of Duke Jordan is surely worthy of re-appraisal and when it is refurbished and re-interpreted as creatively as it is here … Continue reading

Rich Perry “Mood” (SCCD 31830)

SCCD 31830 Rich Perry “Mood” “Mood” deciphers “ballads” here in this Rich Perry new album, which is, to quote the liner notes author Neil Tesser, “.. all ballads, all handled with skill and taste, yet all pushing at the edges to find something else.” “The SteepleChase sessions… constitute a body of work equal to anyone currently in the jazz mainstream. Perry’s editing, shifts in tone and phrasing, and embellishments of songs like “Gone With The Wind” on Gone (SCCD 31670) evince a genuine appreciation of the melodies, as well as a desire to make his own way through them.” (David A Orthmann-AAJ) RICH PERRY tenor saxophone HAROLD DANKO piano JAY … Continue reading

Vic Juris “Vic plays Victor Young” (SCCD 31829)

SCCD 31829 Vic Juris “Vic plays Victor Young” Stella By Starlight, My Foolish Heart, Johnny Guitar, Beautiful Love – just a few of the iconic American Songbook titles by Victor Young, whose music has been an important part of the repertoire of guitarist Vic Juris for many years. Juris dedicates the whole album here to the undisputed giant of the American film music composer of the last century. “Two outstanding qualities characterize Vic Juris’ playing. One is his embodiment of the jazz tradition, while always stretching his scope and reaching for new possibilities and concepts. The other is his almost uncanny ability to hear and communicate the totality of the music … Continue reading