Lee Konitz – Jazz á Juan (SCCD 31072)

SCCD 31072 Jazz � Juan / Lee Konitz Quartet “ Top-of-the-range standards jazz by a marvellously Esperantist quartet .” (The Penguin Guide to JAZZ) “ Masterful!” (Diapason D’Or by Diapason Dec. 1988) “… If you like to confirm the fact that when the well-known melodies are performed by musicians of extraordinary talent, the music expands and develops infinitely, you will not be disappointed with this album …” (Koji Kubota, Swing Journal) 1. Antibes (Lee Konitz)2. What is this thing called love (Cole Porter)3. Round about midnight (Thelonious Monk)4. A weaver of dreams (Victor Young)5. The song is you (Jerome Kern)6. Autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma) UPC/EAN: 716043107223 … Continue reading

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Sam Jones – Double Bass (SCCD 31055)

SCCD 31055 Double Bass / Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Sam Jones Europe’s best bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (b. May 27, 1946 in Denmark) and his American colleague Sam Jones (1924 – 1981) were teamed up for this special recording featuring two bassists as co-leaders of the band. The result is “ an unqualified success on all levels – musicianship, recording, feeling, integrity and compatibility….an intelligently conceived album. …Highly recommended .” (Jazz Journal International) This i one of the SteepleChase’ best sellers! 1. Falling in love with love (Richard Rodgers)2. A notion (Albert Tootie Heath)3. Giant steps (John Coltrane)4. I fall in love too easily (Jule Styne)5. Miss Morgan (Sam Jones)6. … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon – More Than You Know (SCCD 31030)

SCCD 31030 More Thank You Know / Dexter Gordon & Orchestra Arranged and conducted by Palle Mikkelborg It has long been a dream for Dexter to record an album with orchestra with strings. The dream came true on his second album after he became exclusive recording artist for SteepleChase. Many years passed since then but Dexter had still called this recording his favourite and best in one of the interviews before his death. The orchestra here consists of members from the Royal Danish Orchestra, The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Danish Radio Big Band. The arranger/conductor (and trumpeter) Palle Mikkelborg has also arranged and conducted Miles Davis’s last … Continue reading

Larry Coryell, Michal Urbaniak – A Quiet Day In Spring (SCCD 31187)

SCCD 31187 A Quiet Day In Spring / Larry Coryell & Michal Urbaniak Guitarist and bandleader Larry Coryell was one of the first musicians to combine jazz with rock and received wide recognition as the key member of Gary Burton Quartet. Coryell besides leading his own group formed duo with the Polish-born fusion violinist Urbaniak. This studio recording took place during their European tour. 1. Rue Gregoire du Tour (Larry Coryell)2. Waltz no. 6 (Larry Coryell)3. Polish reggae (Michal Urbaniak)4. A quiet day in spring (Larry Coryell)5. Waltz no. 12 (Larry Coryell)6. Stuff's stuff (Michal Urbaniak)7. Miss Julie (Larry Coryell) UPC/EAN: 716043118724 … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Jasper van’t Hof – Mama Rose (SCCD 31169)

SCCD 31169 Mama Rose / Archie Shepp & Jasper Van’t Hof Following the highly successful duo series by Archie Shepp (with Horace Parlan SCCD 31079 “Goin’ Home”, SCCD 31139 “Trouble In Mind” and with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen SCCD 31149 “Looking At Bird”), here with Holland’s leading keyboard player Jasper Van’t Hof the great saxophonist mesmerised the audience with his electrifying performance. 1. Contracts (Jasper van't Hof)2. Mama Rose (Archie Shepp)3. Pipo (Jasper van't Hof)4. Kalimba (Jasper van't Hof)5. Recovered residence (Jasper van't Hof) UPC/EAN: 716043116928 … Continue reading

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