Peter Zak "Standards" (SCCD 31815)

SCCD 31815 Peter Zak “Standards” Peter Zak presents himself here as a pianist in his inherently natural format of a piano trio performing “Standard” tunes. Michael Bailey of AAJ commented on Zak’s previous release The Disciple SCCD 31771 that “… The smarter artists, like Zak, add a program or theme to their recordings, something that gives an otherwise disparate collection of pieces some continuity or integrity.” The program or theme on this album is the standards interpreted and performed for here and now in order to give them a lasting life. PETER ZAK piano JAY ANDERSON bass BILLY DRUMMOND drums Recorded December 2014 1 MOON AND SAND (Alex Wilder) 7:57 … Continue reading

Craig Brann "A Conversation Between Brothers" (SCCD 31814)

SCCD 31814 Craig Brann “A Conversation Between Brothers” Guitarist/composer Craig Brann’s new album here finds the leader in a classic guitar trio format, a change of pace from the two previous sextet releases, bringing his rich tone and blazing chops to the fore. “Brann’s solos are tastefully muscular, his accompaniment invariably melodic; he even punctuates his own improvised phrases with appropriate chords in the manner of Barney Kessel.” (Tom Greenland – NYC Jazz Record on Mark My Words SCCD 31789) CRAIG BRANN guitar NICK MORRISON bass MATT WILSON drums Recorded May 2015 1    JOHNNY B GOODE (Chuck Berry) 3:38 2    POETIC (Craig Brann) 4:29 3    FOLKSONG FOR ETHAN (Craig Brann) … Continue reading

Joel Weiskopf Quintet "Where Angels Fear To Tread" (SCCD 31813)

SCCD 31813 Joel Weiskopf Quintet “Where Angels Fear To Tread” Award-winning pianist/composer Joel Weiskopf has long been established in the main-stream jazz scene in the USA and abroad. While he has released a number of leader albums, this is his debut leader outing on SteepleChase. On this new album Joel Weiskopf brings out his time-tested repertoire for quintet date with his Syracuse compatriots Joe Magnarelli (tp) and Andy Fusco (as). “…pianist Joel Weiskopf is a serious jazz pianist with an individualistic style that is an amalgam of a great number of influences from American jazz to Brazilian samba….” (C. Andrew Hovan, CD Review) JOEL WEISKOPF piano JOE MAGNARELLI trumpet, fluegelhorn … Continue reading

Harold Danko Trio "Lost In The Breeze" (SCCD 31812)

SCCD 31812 Harold Danko Trio “Lost In The Breeze” A good part of pianist/composer/educator Harold Danko’s strength lies in his creative intelligence in composition of originals as well as in recasting or reinventing the existing melodies like in this new release. “Danko’s approach is one of subtlety and sophistication, not of pyrotechnics (though his technical facility is formidable). He often takes a recognizable tune and changes the setting and mood to produce performances that are pleasantly surprising.” (Francis Lo Kee, AAJ on Escapades SCCD 31674) HAROLD DANKO piano JAY ANDERSON bass JEFF HIRSHFIELD drums Recorded March 2015 1 Fall Splits 9:34 2 Homing Instinct 6:06 3 Big Squeeze 6:49 4 … Continue reading

Andy Fusco Quintet "Whirlwind" (SCCD 31811)

SCCD 31811 Andy Fusco Quintet “Whirlwind” Veteran altoist Andy Fusco makes his belated SteepleChase leader debut here with this 2003 quintet recording showcasing his intense and strong command of the instrument in the bebop tradition. Growing up in New Jersey his interests were music and football. He first studied at the Syracuse University with football scholarship. After almost making it to NFL Fusco diverted his attention to music and landed the lead altosax post at the Buddy Rich Big Band (1978-1983). He has performed and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis and Walt Weiskopf, to mention a few. Fusco is also a dedicated educator currently a member of the Music … Continue reading

Dave Scott Quintet – Brooklyn Aura – (SCCD 31808)

SCCD 31808 Dave Scott Quintet “Brooklyn Aura” Dave Scott, an award winning trumpeter and a dedicated educator, is first and foremost recognized as a prolific and resourceful composer. He composes for and performs with his own jazz ensemble consists of New York’s finest improvisers. “…Scott is using a sturdy template to introduce his own ideas … this band should be feted for its originality and cohesion.” (Mike Shanley – JazzTimes on “Song for Amy” SCCD 31561) DAVE SCOTT trumpet RICH PERRY tenor saxophone JACOB SACKS piano JOHN HEBERT bass SATOSHI TAKEISHI drums Recorded March 2015 1 PROLOGUE 2 2:15 2 PERSISTENCE 13:35 3 NON ADHERENCE 12:23 4 ECCENTRICITIES 15:50 5 … Continue reading

Marcus Printup Sextet – Young Bloods – (SCCD 31804)

SCCD 31804 Marcus Printup Sextet “Young Bloods” Trumpeter Marcus Printup rounded up a choice selection of young prize winning new talents to form this sextet. Printup, though still in the 40s and at his prime mettle, is a veteran of three decades which includes a principal post in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since 1993. One of his professional priorities is to pass the torch on to the next generation, Young Bloods. “Printup is such an accomplished and versatile player that he’s adept performing tunes from any point in the many decades of jazz…. a hard swinging lesson taught by a master musician.” (Joel Roberts – The New York City … Continue reading

Stanley Cowell Trio – Reminiscent – (SCCD 31809)

SCCD 31809 Stanley Cowell Trio “Reminiscent” Since his retirement in 2013 from the professorship at the prestigious Rutgers University, where he led its jazz department, pianist/composer/educator Stanley Cowell has been increasingly active on the scene both in concerts and recordings. This new album with a featured program of Christmas melodies (Xmas Suite) will be introduced to the audience at New York’s Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. “…it’s a great pleasure to hear Stanley Cowell’s It’s Time: a finely crafted collection of mostly originals that is at once sophisticated, both aggressive and pensive, and simply fascinating to listen to.” (Greg Simmons – AAJ on “It’s Time” SCCD 31740) STANLEY COWELL piano, … Continue reading

Stephen Riley & Peter Zak – Haunted Heart – (SCCD 31806)

SCCD 31806 Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Haunted Heart” Stephen Riley’s distinctive breathy tone and imaginative phrasing have attracted a good size followers in jazz listeners, musicians and critics. “Isn’t it nice to hear a truly individual sound in the sea of music that often sounds much the same? I stumbled across one of those sounds in Stephen Riley’s music…” (Luke Soasey – saxophonist) “Just heard Stephen Riley on a local radio. What a special tone he has. Dark and dry with a lot of subtones. And very creative playing….” (JJ – Sax on the Web) Here on his latest album Riley formed a duo with his favourite piano man … Continue reading

Vic Juris Trio – Blue – (SCCD 31810)

SCCD 31810 Vic Juris Trio “Blue” Vic Juris’ new album “Blue” is heavily focused on ballads, which Vic’s signature fluid sound backed up by his mature artistry fits perfectly. One of today’s premier jazz guitarists Vic Juris has been active on the scene for over four decades amassing an impressive discography. “Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. Perhaps best of all, he seems to understand that the foregoing positives also apply to a legion of contemporary guitarists, and he looks for ways to set his work apart, in terms of sound, approach, or material. “ (Duck Baker … Continue reading