Nat Adderley – Don’t Look Back (SCCD 31059)

SCCD 31059 Don't Look Back / Nat Adderley Septet Cornetist and composer Nat Adderley (b. Nov. 25, 1931 in Tampa, FL) recorded this first album with his new band just one year after the untimely death of his brother Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, three years his senior. The Adderley brothers had worked side by side in the highly successful, one of the funkiest jazz bands in USA for more than 15 years. “ The septet here, whose members are mostly young, New York -based musicians, is more interesting by far than the celebrated Cannonball Adderley Quintet ever was . ..” (Stereo Review) “… This is some of the best straight-ahead jazz … Continue reading

Eddie Lockjaw Davis – Swingin’ Till The Girls Come Home (SCCD 31058)

SCCD 31058 Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home / Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Quartet One of the best assets of the Count Basie Big Band in the 50s, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was a frequent guest player in Europe in the 70s. In the Spring of 76 Lockjaw went into a studio in Copenhagen with “ the excellent Danish rhythm section ” which “ manage to coax some of the best playing from the tenor saxophonist since his days with Basie” (Gramophone). “.. .The mood, as always with Davis, is a happy one. With the help of the fine, supportive rhythm section it becomes contagious, and …it is an awful lot of … Continue reading

Lee Konitz, Hal Galper – Windows (SCCD 31057)

SCCD 31057 Windows / Lee Konitz & Hal Galper “… Lee has in pianist Hal Galper (former Chet Baker sideman) a sympathetic helpmate. They work together effortlessly and with a unity that suggests an ample measure of mutual respect….sober, beautifully constructed performances ….” (M.G. Jazz Journal International August 1977) 1. I'm getting sentimental over you (Washington/Bassman)2. Windows (Chick Corea)3. Villainesque (Hal Galper)4. Sweet and lovely (Arnheim/Tobias/Lemare)5. Stella by starlight (Victor Young)6. Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)7. Solar (Miles Davis)8. Soliloquy (Lee Konitz)9. Softly as in a morning sunrise (Oscar Rombers/Hammerstein)10. Solar (Miles Davis)11. Stella by starlight (Victor Young)12. Windows (Chick Corea)13. Sweet and lovely (Arnheim/Tobias/Lemare) UPC/EAN: 716043105724 … Continue reading

Kenny Drew – Morning (SCCD 31048)

SCCD 31048 Morning / Kenny Drew Trio Drew and Pedersen DUO was one of the most popular ensembles in Europe in the 70s. During their Belgian tour, Europe’s most prominent “fusion” star Philip Catherine sat in with them one night. That was the beginning of this unusual trio. “.. .Three obviously different musical backgrounds converge neatly in a lyrical set which includes a pair of standards done up in fascinating style …” (Billboard) 1. An evening in the park (Kenny Drew)2. Autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma)3. Bossa mood (Kenny Drew)4. Poor brother's blues (Kenny Drew)5. Morning (Kenny Drew)6. Isn't it romantic (Richard Rodgers) UPC/EAN: 716043104826 … Continue reading

Anthony Braxton – In The Tradition Vol. 2 (SCCD 31045)

SCCD 31045 In The Tradition Vol. 2 / Anthony Braxton Quartet Here is the second volume of “In The Tradition” with all titles in first takes to complete the session which started with Volume one. The session was originally meant for Dexter Gordon. As Dexter was taken ill at the time of recording, Braxton filled in and the rest is history. “ This music confirms Braxton’s talent for striking a fine balance between the purely experimental and the more conventional .” (Jazz Journal) 1. What's new (Haggart/Burke)2. Duet (Anthony Braxton)3. Body and soul (Johnny Green)4. Marshmallow (Warne Marsh)5. Donna Lee (Charlie Parker)6. My funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers)7. Half Nelson (Miles … Continue reading

Mary Lou Williams – Free Spirits (SCCD 31043)

SCCD 31043 Free Spirits / Mary Lou Williams Trio The First Lady of jazz, Mary Lou Williams (1910 – 1981) was the evolution of jazz itself. Starting her professional career as pianist/composer/arranger in the 20s, her style was swing but in the 40s she adopted the bop and later on she even ventured into the realm of avant-garde jazz. Yet she never lost her blues feeling which is evident in this CD. She contributed compositions and arrangements for many famous big bands such as Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington. In the late 60s and the 70s she was more focused on composing sacred music. And one of … Continue reading

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Jaywalkin’ (SCCD 31041)

SCCD 31041 Jaywalkin' / Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Quartet The tremendous career this double bass player with a non-stop-name had already achieved by the time of the recording of his first leader album here is as impressive as his technique. NHØP (b. May 27, 1946 in Osted, Denmark) started playing professionally at an early teenage and recorded with Bud Powell when he was 14! He turned down the offer to join Count Basie’s orchestra in order to finish high school. “… a superb musician with a gorgeous tone, great technique and dazzling virtuosity…This is a great music .” (High Fidelity Magazine USA) “ Immensely satisfying, Jaywalkin’ is a must for anyone … Continue reading

Lee Konitz – Lone-Lee (SCCD 31035)

SCCD 31035 Lone-Lee / Lee Konitz Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is one of the very few who have escaped the dominating influence of Charlie Parker and created his own style and became the central figure in the “cool” jazz. While it was a very courageous, lonely and hard work to do, recording unaccompanied solo alto performance of almost one hour suited Konitz’ particular style of even and smooth blowing using the full range of the instrument. The result was “ a very unique Lee Konitz’ world with limitless imagination which enchants the listeners …. not a single second boring ” (Swing Journal). “ The Konitz sound, richer and much more … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan – Firm Roots (SCCD 31033)

SCCD 31033 Firm Roots / Clifford Jordan & The Magic Triangle This was the first appearance of the popular Clifford Jordan & The Magic Triangle (alias The Cedar Walton Trio) on SteepleChase. (Other releases are SCCD 31047 “Highest Mountain” and SCCD 31104 “On Stage vol. 3”.) “.. .a truly fine quartet recording .” (MM) 1. Firm roots (Cedar Walton)2. Angel in the night (Billy Higgins)3. Scorpio (Sam Jones)4. Bearcat (Clifford Jordan)5. Inga (Billy Higgins)6. Voices deep within me (Cedar Walton)7. One for Amos (Sam Jones) UPC/EAN: 716043103324 … Continue reading

Tete Montoliu – Tete! (SCCD 31029)

SCCD 31029 Tete / Tete Montoliu Trio Catalan pianist Vincente Tete Montoliu (b. March 28, 1933 in Barcelona) “ swings like no other pianist in Europe ”, once remarked Ben Webster. Jazz Journal confirmed Ben’s opinion in reviewing this album, “… he could blow most contemporary pianists into the ground technically …”. And Radio Free Jazz of USA (the predecessor of JazzTimes) concluded, “… This is the best piano record in many years and one that will certainly rank with the best of any era .” 1. Giant steps (John Coltrane)2. Theme for Ernie (Freddie Lacey)3. Body and soul (Johnny Green)4. Solar (Miles Davis)5. I remember Clifford (Benny Golson)6. Hot … Continue reading