Chet Baker, Duke Jordan – No Problem (SCCD 31131)

SCCD 31131 No Problem / Chet Baker Quartet featuring Duke Jordan “… outstanding among [Chet’s] later recordings….This is a record to give a listener fresh heart…one feels there cannot be much wrong with jazz while it is producing records like this .” (Max Harrison, International Jazz Journal) 1. No problem (Duke Jordan)2. Sultry eve (Duke Jordan)3. Glad I met Pat (Duke Jordan)4. Kiss of Spain (Duke Jordan)5. The fuzz (Duke Jordan)6. My queen is home to stay (Duke Jordan)7. Jealous Blues (Duke Jordan) UPC/EAN: 716043113125 … Continue reading

Boulou Ferré – Pour Django (SCCD 31120)

SCCD 31120 Pour Django / Boulou Ferré & Elios Ferré The debut album by Boulou and Elios Ferré is dedicated to Django Reinhardt to whom the Brothers owe their musical background as gypsy musicians. Boulou Ferré (b. April 24, 1951 in Paris) gave his first concert at the Musée Guimet in Paris at the age of 8. He made his first recording when he was 10. Duke Ellington was one of the first to spot this prodigy and remarked “ Boulou is a rainbow across Django’s genius .” With younger brother Elios (b. December 18, 1956 in Paris) Boulou formed this guitar duet in 1972. The Ferré Brothers soon became … Continue reading

Sheila Jordan – Sheila (SCCD 31081)

SCCD 31081 Sheila / Sheila Jordan & Arild Andersen “… Betty Carter and Sheila Jordan are probably the only real jazz singers in the world today… Jordan creates an entirely personal atmosphere …” (Melody Maker) “… Sheila Jordan personifies a song like no one has since Billie Holiday .” (Unicorn Times) “… Her talent is unquestionable .” (Billboard) “… a spiritual experience and heart-to-heart communion….Jordan makes these tunes all her own, with personal, almost prayer-like readings …” (Down Beat – *****) 1. Song of joy (Billy Preston/R. Boutte)2. Hold out your hands (Steve Kuhn)3. Lush life (Billy Strayhorn)4. The saga of Harrison Crabfeathers (Steve Kuhn)5. What are you doing the … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan – Goin’ Home (SCCD 31079)

SCCD 31079 Goin' Home / Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan When the album by this unlikely duet of Shepp and Parlan playing hymns and spirituals came out in 1978 for the first time, it was an instant success and has become a classic since then. It is a success of unique theme (by the producer Nils Winther) and of sheer strength of musical material and of performance executed with grace and sensitivity. “ …an overwhelming and emotional listening experience .” (Atlanta Journal Weekend) 1. Goin' home (Traditional)2. Nobody knows the troubles I've seen (Traditional)3. Go down Moses (Traditional)4. Steal away to Jesus (Traditional)5. Deep river (Traditional)6. My Lord what a … Continue reading

Stan Getz – Live At Montmartre, Vol. 1 (SCCD 31073)

SCCD 31073 Live At Montmartre Vol. 1 / Stan Getz Quartet There’s no doubt that Stan Getz was one of the rare species in jazz called “super star” who could draw huge crowd wherever he went to play. The nights he played at Montmartre were needless to say sold-out, packed to the extreme limit and with an extra reason…it was his 50th birthday concert, an appropriate celebration at Europe’s most famous jazz club which Stan helped to launch some 20 years ago when he was living in Denmark. “… This is simply an album which you can’t criticize. Every track is wonderful. From ballads to up-tempo stuff, this is one … Continue reading

Hal Galper – Reach Out (SCCD 31067)

SCCD 31067 Reach Out / Hal Galper Quintet “ This is hard bop at its best, superior playing by pianist Galper and tenor saxist Mike Brecker …good contrast between ballads and exciting up-tempo lines .” (Don Lass, Asbury Park Press) “ So the Brecker Brothers can play jazz after all!…You won’t find a drop of funk on this record, just good old, straight-ahead, swinging jazz….Hal Galper must be given credit for channelling the music in the right direction …” (Carl Brauer, Cadence) “… in pianist Hal Galper’s acoustic progressive jazz combo, trumpeter Randy and saxophonist Michael Brecker play with conviction and emotion…Good stuff .” (Oakland Tribune) 1. Reach out (Hal … Continue reading