Olegario Diaz “Aleph In Chromatic” (SCCD 31823)

SCCD 31823 Olegario Diaz “Aleph In Chromatic” Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Olegario Diaz moved to USA at age 17 to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music and then furthered his studies at New York’s Manhattan School of Music where he earned the master’s degree. Currently in Venezuela, Diaz leads an active life as performer and renowned author of several instructional books. He travels frequently to New York to record and perform. “Diaz wrote seven of the tunes here and that seems logical as he appears to be one of the best jazz composers today…. He is more than a fresh breath of air in the classical post-bebop tradition.” … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” (SCCD 31822)

SCCD 31822 Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” The music of the early 20th century French Avant-gardist Erik Satie for a jazz album makes perfect sense when its interpreters/performers are cornetist Kirk Knuffke and his long-time partner pianist Jesse Stacken. They both share their musical background in unconventional new/free jazz as well as classical training. The Knuffke/Stacken duo has released a series of highly acclaimed albums with music by renowned composers of jazz. “This is nostalgia made vibrant, played with precision, depth, good taste and a leisurely refusal to overcrowd its sonic space.” (Martin Longley – AAJ on SCCD 31677 Mockingbird) KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JESSE STACKEN piano Recorded May 2015 … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” (SCCD 31821)

SCCD 31821 Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” This year is the 10th anniversary of Gregory Tardy’s tenure with SteepleChase label which started with his superlative release “The Truth” SCCD 31583. “One of the bright hopes, Tardy sounds like a seeker, absolution and salvation in every solo.” (New York Times) Since then Tardy has, except for a short sabbatical leave from the commercial music scene, kept on creating spiritually inspired music that appealed and reached out to people of all faiths and convictions. On this new album Tardy combines his own new music with a handful of intriguing compositions by other artists from the past to set up a scene … Continue reading

Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” (SCCD 31820)

SCCD 31820 Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Educator/Actor Jason Palmer, the winner of several prestigious competitions including the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition presents his first quartet album here. As always Jason is keen on sharing with the listeners how the music is conceived, developed and performed in his meticulously organized liner notes. The music which based on a Sudoku game originates in the 2007 commissioned work by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in N.Y.C. “…what a superb record it is; one that will caress the discerning ear and repay hours of repeated listening being a refined post-modern extension of timeless hard-bop … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke (SCCD 31819)

SCCD 31819 Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke Danish avant-garde, modern jazz guitarist/composer and most famously leader of “one of Europe’s most sophisticated bands” (Norman Weinstein) has always prided himself on the longevity (since 1980) of his constantly active New Jungle Orchestra. On this new live recording Dørge features his favourite American cornetist Kirk Knuffke and writes music with Kirk’s sound in mind. With the help of engaging audience in Copenhagen NJO delivers one amazing concert here. PIERRE DØRGE guitar, conductor KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JAKOB MYGIND tenor- & soprano saxophone ANDERS BANKE tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet KENNETH AGERHOLM trombone IRENE BECKER piano, synthesizer THOMMY … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Genesis (SCCD 31818)

SCCD 31818 Andy LaVerne “Genesis” To quote Danish critic Niels Overgaard, Andy LaVerne is “one of jazz’s analytical workmen”. The enormous body of his work as pianist, composer and educator over the five decades does not stop LaVerne from being creative to add new dimension to his artistry as evidenced in this new album. “… pianist Andy LaVerne possesses talent that should be commensurate with a much broader public awareness.” (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ) “LaVerne’s writing chops are as impressive as his playing.” (Harvey Siders – Jazztimes on Pianissimo SCCD31512) ANDY LAVERNE piano MIKE RICHMOND bass, cello JASON TIEMANN drums Recorded December 2015 1 GENESIS 7:32 2 METAFOUR 5:50 3 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Retrospect (SCCD 31816)

SCCD 31816 Ari Ambrose “Retrospect” Tenor saxophonist, composer and now attorney at law (immigration specialist) as well Ari Ambrose has successfully gained the recognition from the critics and the public as one of the most innovative improvisers with his own voice. On this his 14th album Ambrose looks back into the music that inspired him originally as teenager to find something new from it. “Since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase ‘Introducing Ari Ambrose’ some 15 years ago, saxophonist Ari Ambrose has maintained his impressive output and sound – a modern take on classic jazz forms, which he has polished to perfection on this album.” (Propermusic, UK on “settling … Continue reading

Freddie Redd "With Due Respect" (SCCD 31817)

SCCD 31817 Freddie Redd “With Due Respect” One of the handful of surviving original hard-boppers Freddie Redd is turning 88 this month. The famed composer of the 60’s iconic off-Broadway play The Connection Redd ’s recording career has been, however, sporadic despite his great talent. His trio album “Music For You” (SCCD 31796) in 2014, the first in almost three decades rectified this trend following the precursory 2012 release of “Music Forever” (SCCD 31743) a tribute album to Redd’s music by altoist Chris Byars’ Octet. On this new album Redd presides over a sextet of much younger generations as performer and composer of old and new compositions embodied here to … Continue reading

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