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

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 seriously interested in contemporary jazz .” (Overseas Life)

Extremely enjoyable !” (Swing Journal)

1. Summer song (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
2. Sparkling eyes (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
3. A felicidade (Luiz Bonfa)
4. Jaywalkin' (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
5. My little Anna (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
6. Yesterday's future (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
7. Interlude (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
8. Cheryl (Charlie Parker)
9. That's all (Brandt/Haymes)
10. Summer song (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)

UPC/EAN: 716043104123

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 expressive than in his earlyer years, also goes through intriguing changes during the course of these performances …”(The Boston Phoenix)

1. The song is you (Jerome Kern)
2. Cherokee (Ray Noble)

UPC/EAN: 716043103522

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

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 house (Tadd Dameron)

UPC/EAN: 716043102921

Jackie McLean – New York Calling (SCCD 31023)

SCCD 31023 New York Calling / Jackie McLean & The Cosmic Brotherhood

In 1973 veteran Jackie McLean formed The Cosmic Brotherhood, a sextet of young and talented New York musicians including his son René. This is their first recording.

“… it is rewarding and refreshing to find one musician of repute who adheres to his roots and is also capable of “making it new” as evinced by the storming performances on New York Calling …the session has a contemporary, authentic jazz sound, without recourse to dread jazz-rock grooves .” (C. W., Melody Maker)

1. New York calling (Billy Skinner)
2. Star dancer (Billy Skinner)
3. Camel driver (Billy Gault)
4. Some other time (Billy Gault)
5. Adrians dance (Billy Skinner)
6. New York calling (Billy Skinner)

UPC/EAN: 716043102327

Lee Konitz, Red Mitchell – I Concentrate On You (SCCD 31018)

SCCD 31018 I Concentrate On You / Lee Konitz & Red mitchell

Lee Konitz (b. October 13, 1927 in Chicago) is perhaps the only alto player who as a contemporary of Charlie Parker remained un-influenced by Parker and developed his own style.

“.. .I Concentrate On You on the excellent Danish jazz label SteepleChase… is a delightful, extremely mellow LP … I love this album. I love Cole Porter, and Konitz is well-suited to Porter’s music …” (Neil Teser – Chicago READER)

“… a completely lovely collection of Cole Porter songs. rolled out in endless exchanges between Lee’s alto, which has rarely sounded better or more lyrical and Red Michell’s bass …” (The Soho Weekly News)

1. Just one of those things (Cole Porter)
2. Just one of those things (Cole Porter)
3. Easy to love (Cole Porter)
4. It's allright with me (Cole Porter)
5. Everytime we say goodbye (Cole Porter)
6. Everytime we say goodbye (Cole Porter)
7. You'd be so nice to come home to (Cole Porter)
8. Love for sale (Cole Porter)
9. In the still of the night (Cole Porter)
10. Night and day (Cole Porter)
11. Night and day (Cole Porter)
12. I love you (Cole Porter)
13. I love Paris (Cole Porter)
14. I concentrate on you (Cole Porter)

UPC/EAN: 716043101825

Ars Nova, Bo Holten – de la Rue: Requiem, de Wert: 5 Motets (KON 32001)

1. Requiem: Introitus Requiem Aeter – Kyrie Eleison – Psalmus Sicut Cervus – Offertorium Domine Jesu – Sanctus – Agnus Dei – Communio Lux Aeterna (Pierre de la Rue)
2. Adesto dolori meo, O Deus (Giaches de Wert)
3. Ascente Iesu un naviculam (Giaches de Wert)
4. Amen, amen dico vobis (Giaches de Wert)
5. Egressus Iesus (Giaches de Wert)
6. Vox in Rama (Giaches de Wert)

UPC/EAN: 716043200122

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Even The Moon Is Dancing (SCCD 31208)

SCCD 31208 Even The Moon Is Dancing / Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra

“… Led by young Danish guitarist and composer Pierre Dørge, its earthy sounds are a universal hybrid that set you off dancing regardless of your national or cultural background…These sounds move you, feet to mind .” (Peter Kostakis, ***** DownBeat)

1. The mooche (Duke Ellington)
2. Suho ning samo (Pierre Dørge)
3. Bambla jolifanti (Pierre Dørge)
4. Very hot/Autobahn Tchicai (Pierre Dørge)
5. Mirjam's dadadance (Pierre Dørge)
6. A rose for Laurent (Pierre Dørge)
7. Even the moon is dancing (Pierre Dørge)

UPC/EAN: 716043120826

Chet Baker, Paul Bley – Diane (SCCD 31207)

SCCD 31207 Diane / Chet Baker & Paul Bley

A SteepleChase recording that has become a classic, not only due to the strong music created by two of modern music's most original talents, but also for bringing pianist Paul Bley back to playing standard material.

1. If I should lose you (Robin/Rainger)
2. You go to my head (Coots/Gillespie)
3. How deep is the ocean (Irving Berlin)
4. Pent-up house (Sonny Rollins)
5. Everytime we say goodbye (Cole Porter)
6. Diane (Rapee)
7. Skidadidlin' (Chet Baker)
8. Little girl blue (Richard Rodgers)

UPC/EAN: 716043120727