Duke Jordan, Art Farmer – Duke’s Artistry (SCCD 31103)

SCCD 31103 Duke's Artistry / Duke Jordan Quartet feat. Art Farmer

Duke Jordan’s long association with SteepleChase has produced a number of outstanding recordings and this is one of them, selected by Billboard as recommended jazz album.

Having played with Charlie Parker in his best group in 1947, Jordan the quintessential bop player is a veteran but never stopped improving with age. As a prolific composer, Jordan contributed numerous intriguing tunes to the jazz literature.

1. My heart skips a beat (Duke Jordan)
2. Midnight moonlight (Duke Jordan)
3. My heart skips a beat (Duke Jordan)
4. My heart skips a beat (Duke Jordan)
5. Lady Dingbat (Duke Jordan)
6. Midnite bump (Duke Jordan)
7. Midnite bump (Duke Jordan)
8. Dodge City roots (Duke Jordan)

UPC/EAN: 716043110322

Johnny Dyani – Witchdoctor’s Son (SCCD 31098)

SCCD 31098 Witchdoctor's Son / Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana

“… Witchdoctor’s Son contains the most infectious, buoyant, gleeful music…the interaction between Pukwana and Tchicai’s vastly differing phrase sensibilities is one of the joys of this recording …” (Lange, Down Beat)

“… from Dyani’s most consistently inventive period …” (The Penguin Guide To JAZZ)

1. Heart with minor's face (Johnny Dyani)
2. Ntyilo, ntyilo (Johnny Dyani)
3. Radebe (Dudu Pukwana)
4. Mbizo (Johnny Dyani)
5. Eyomzi (Johnny Dyani)
6. Magwaza (Johnny Dyani)
7. Radebe (Dudu Pukwana)
8. Heart with minor's face (Johnny Dyani)
9. Ntyilo, ntyilo, take 1 (Johnny Dyani)
10. Magwaza (Johnny Dyani)

UPC/EAN: 716043109821

Jimmy Knepper – Cunningbird (SCCD 31061)

SCCD 31061 Cunningbird / Jimmy Knepper Quintet

When this album was first released as LP in February 1977, the unanimous reaction from the press all over the world was “ .. .at long last, the first leader album by Knepper in 18 years! ….and it was worth waiting for …”.

Trombonist Jimmy Knepper (b. Nov. 22, 1927 in L.A.) has been the essential part of the Mingus Dynasty in the 50s and later with Gil Evans Orchestra, Jones-Lewis Big Band and Nonet led by Lee Konitz.

Cunningbird is simply one of the best straight-ahead trombone albums in many years …” (The Daily California)

1. Figment fragment (Jimmy Knepper)
2. Languid (Jimmy Knepper)
3. Just tonight (Jimmy Knepper)
4. Noche triste (take 1) (Jimmy Knepper)
5. Spotlight girl (take 2) (Jimmy Knepper)
6. Cunningbird (Jimmy Knepper)
7. Noche triste (Jimmy Knepper)
8. Spotlite girl (Jimmy Knepper)

UPC/EAN: 716043106127

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 to have come out in the last few months ….” (Musician Magazine)

1. Funny funny (Nat Adderley)
2. K. High (Ira Williams)
3. Just a quickie (Fernando Gumbs)
4. I think I got it (Onaje Allan Gumbs)
5. Home (Ken McIntyre)
6. Don't look back (Harold Vick)
7. Home (Ken McIntyre)

UPC/EAN: 716043105922

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 fun to listen to .” (Fanfare)

Thankfully, the girls haven’t come home yet, so this rhythmic set of eight tunes (11 on this CD) swings out nicely…” (Billboard)

1. Swingin' till the girls come home (Oscar Pettiford)
2. Love for sale (Cole Porter)
3. Out of nowhere (Green/Heyman)
4. Ghost of a chance (Young/Washington)
5. Locks (Eddie Lockjaw Davis)
6. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
7. Back home in Indiana (MacDonald)
8. Bye bye blackbird (Dixon/Henderson)
9. Ghost of a chance (Young/Washington)
10. Swingin' till the girls come home (Oscar Pettiford)
11. Bye bye blackbird (Dixon/Henderson)

UPC/EAN: 716043105823

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

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

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 Davis)

UPC/EAN: 716043104529

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 her jazz masses was choreographed by Alvin Ailey.

Around the time of this recording Mary Lou in her mid-60s was still active in the New York jazz scene performing regularly at the Cookery with the group recorded here. SteepleChase was proud to have the opportunity of recording one of the most significant artists of jazz of this century.

1. Dat dere (Bobby Timmons)
2. Baby man (John Stubblefield)
3. Baby man (John Stubblefield)
4. All blues (Miles Davis)
5. Temptation (Brown / Freed)
6. Pale blue (Buster Williams)
7. Free spirits (John Stubblefield)
8. Free spirits (John Stubblefield)
9. Blues for Timme (Mary Lou Williams)
10. Ode to Saint Cecilie (Mary Lou Williams)
11. Surrey with the fringe on top (Richard Rodgers)
12. Gloria (Mary Lou Williams)

UPC/EAN: 716043104321