SCCD 31111 A Lazy Afternoon / Shirley Horn Trio
Here is a classic example of SteepleChase’s “re-discovery” endeavour. This is Miss Shirley Horn’s first recording on SteepleChase after a long absence from the recording studio.
Lazy Afternoon turned out to be a tremendous success critically and commercially and together with her three subsequent releases on the label (All Night Long – SCCD 31157, Viloets For Your Furs – SCCD 31164, Garden Of The Blues – SCCD 31203) had firmly established her as a major artist.
“ One of the greatest jazz singers and singer-pianists in years …”(Jazz Journal International)
1. I'm old fashioned (Jerome Kern)
2. There's no you (Jenkins)
3. New York's my home (Adair/Harper)
4. Why did I choose you? (Leonard/Martin)
5. Take a little time to smile (Lee/Barbour)
6. A lazy afternoon (Maross-Latouche)
7. Gentle rain (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
8. Gra'ma's hands (Withers)
9. I'll go my way by myself (Dietz/Schwartz)
SCCD 31106 In Concert / Kenny Drew Trio
Kenny Drew recorded in a variety of settings for SteepleChase. Among his trio recordings, The Penguin Guide to JAZZ rates this recording as “ the best one ”.
“ … this is a trio not only of great virtuosity, but of greatly gifted melodic sense ….” (Chris Sheridan)
1. Django (John Lewis)
2. Here's that rainy day (Jimmy Van Heusen)
3. Sunset (Kenny Drew)
4. Twice a week (Philip Catherine)
5. Blues in the closet (Oscar Pettiford)
6. On Green Dolphin Street (Bronislav Kaper)
SCCD 31080 Biting The Apple / Dexter Gordon Quartet
“ Biting The Apple ” recorded in NYC in the midst of Dexter’s great come back to the USA was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Diamant of 1978 by the Montreux Jazz Festival.
1. Apple jump (Dexter Gordon)
2. I'll remember April (DePaul/Raye)
3. Georgia on my mind (Hoagy Carmichael)
4. Blue bossa (Kenny Dorham)
5. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)
6. A la modal (Dexter Gordon)
SCCD 31074 Live At Montmartre Vol. 2 / Stan Getz Quartet
This is the second volume from the legendary birthday concerts at Copenhagen’s famous jazzhouse Montmartre, proving again as Down Beat described, “ Getz’s extraordinary powers as a leader ” by coming up with outstanding supporting group of Brackeen, Pedersen and Hart, whose “ precise teamwork…exemplifies esprit, vigor and taste ”.
“ The unique occasions surrounding the sessions obviously had an effet. There is a special joy, a celebration of the rite of improvised music. This makes (this album) a landmark in the career of one of today’s most brilliant masters. Listen!” (Down Beat)
1. Infant eyes (Wayne Shorter)
2. Lester left town (Wayne Shorter)
3. Eiderdown (Steve Swallow)
4. Blues for Dorte (Stan Getz)
5. Con alma (Dizzy Gillespie)
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)
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. Au privave (Charlie Parker)
7. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)
8. Little train (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
9. A Notion (Albert Tootie Heath)
10. Miss Morgan (Sam Jones)
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 recording with strings orchestra for CBS.
“ SteepleChase scored again with an album of great originality and musical merit ….” (Record Collectors Journal)
1. Naima (John Coltrane)
2. Good morning sun (Palle Mikkelborg)
3. The girl with the purple eyes (Dexter Gordon)
4. This happy madness (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
5. Ernie's tune (Dexter Gordon)
6. Tivoli (Dexter Gordon)
7. More than you know (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)
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)
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)
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)