LeeAnn Ledgerwood “Renewal” (SCCD 31835)

SCCD 31835 LeeAnn Ledgerwood “Renewal”

Since her SteepleChase debut with “Now And Zen” album (SCCD31432) of 1998 LeeAnn has been one of the front runners of women in jazz. Neither her earlier lengthy sick leave nor her current fragile physique could hinder her from releasing this strong album renewing and widening her creative scope.

Ledgerwood doesn’t set out to blaze trails. Her intent is to craft thoughtful, personal originals that build on and dovetail with a rich archival repertoire. To the pianist’s credit, she succeeds. Simple Truth is an appropriate and understated title for this modest, inviting album.” (Carlo Wolff- JazzTimes on SCCD 31705 )

LEEANN LEDGERWOOD piano
RON MCCLURE bass
Billy Hart drums

Recorded December 2016

1 SUMMERNITE (Harry Warren) 7:33
2 I WISH YOU KNEW (LeeAnn Ledgerwood) 6:24
3 ALL BLUES (Miles Davis) 4:59
4 RENEWAL (LeeAnn Ledgerwood) 3:48
5 ADAGIO FROM 5 PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA (Hindemith) 10:53
6 A SHADE OF JADE (Joe Henderson) 7:11
7 502 BLUES (Jimmy Rowles) 5:26
8 MY FOOLISH HEARTS (Victor Young) 7:58
9 AUTUMN LEAVES (Joseph Kosma) 7:15
Total Playing Time 62:39

UPC 716043183524

Mark Soskin “Hearts And Minds” (SCCD 31834)

SCCD 31834 Mark Soskin “Hearts And Minds”

Pianist/composer Mark Soskin has been one of the leading players on the New York jazz scene for a number of years. Although Soskin’s name still is associated with Sonny Rollins with whom he worked more than a decade in the 80s and 90s, Mark has left his own strong footprint on performing and recording front. Soskin is also a dedicated educator currently in the faculty of Manhattan School Of Music. On this his first release from SteepleChase Mark Soskin with his favorite rhythm section presents the quintessence of piano trio jazz.

Soskin combines an always melodic approach with a rich vocabulary that draws on a wide range of influences.” (Warren Allen – AAJ)

MARK SOSKIN piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
Anthony Pinciotti drums

Recorded December 2016

1 IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU (Ralph Rainger) 6:26
2 SOMETIME AGO (Sergio Mihanovich) 6:37
3 WE KISS IN A SHADOW (Richard Rodgers) 7:22
4 SLIDER (Mark Soskin)* 7:02
5 HUSH-A-BYE (Traditional) 7:50
6 THE DOLPHIN (Luiz Eca) 6:01
7 OLD FOLKS (Willard Robison) 6:40
8 HEARTS AND MINDS (Mark Soskin)* 6:38
9 EIDERDOWN (Steve Swallow) 5:43
10 PANNONICA (Thelonious Monk) 7:19
Total Playing Time 67:10

UPC: 716043183425

Zaid Nasser “The Stroller” (SCCD 31833)

SCCD 31833 Zaid Nasser “The Stroller”

Alto saxophonist/composer Zaid Nasser has been perfectly pedigreed as a jazz musician, having the legendary bassist Jamil Nasser as the father and growing up surrounded by the elite players of the New York jazz scene. Zaid has performed with Cecil Payne, Junior Cook, Joe Hendricks, Harold Mabern, among others, leads his own group and tours extensively overseas.

Zaid’s sound is organic and authentic. He plays smart music with a kind of freedom that is unusual … Nasser’s unique personal tone and phrasing reveal intricately crafted, imaginative, and ingenious musical lines, woven into tight thematic improvisation.”
(Luke Kaven – Smalls)

ZAID NASSER alto saxophone
PASQUALE GRASSO guitar
ARI ROLAND bass
Keith BallA drums
Recorded December 2016

1 NAKED CITY (Nelson Riddle) 6:11
2 POLKADOTS AND MOONBEAMS (Jimmy Van Heusen) 6:20
3 JUNIOR’S SOUL (Zaid Nasser) 7:53
4 VAUGHN’S BOUNCE (Louis Smith) 5:38
5 SPUTNIK (Lou Donaldson) 5:06
6 NEVER LET ME GO (Jay Livingston / Ray Evans) 5:42
7 THE STROLLER (Lou Donaldson) 7:02
8 KAQAVIK (Komitas) 5:41
9 REDD’S TUNE (Zaid Nasser) 6:58
10 SONG OF THE FIRST LOVE (Arno Babajanian) 6:40
11 S. O. S. (Wes Montgomery) 4:37
Total Playing Time 67:51

UPC: 716043183326

Stanley Cowell “No Illusions” (SCCD 31828)

SCCD 31828 Stanley Cowell “No Illusions”

New Release, shipping June 15, 2017

Pianist/composer Stanley Cowell at age 75 is having an on-going renaissance as a performer since his retirement from Rutgers University in 2013. The group presented here is scheduled to have a three-night stint at New York City’s renowned live jazz spot Smokes in May.

This is Cowell’s 15th release from SteepleChase.

“…Cowell’s recording career now spans more than thirty years….an impressive consistency of purpose and the highest level of musical thought.” (Richard Cook & Brian Morton – The Penguin Guide to Jazz)

STANLEY COWELL piano, thumb piano, Kyma
Bruce Williams alto saxophone, flute
Jay Anderson bass
Billy Drummond drums
Recorded December 2015

1 MILANO (John Lewis) 7:57
2 SUNLIGHT SHIFTING (Stanley Cowell) 7:24
3 MISS T. E. & O. (Stanley Cowell) 11:18
4 NO ILLUSIONS (Stanley Cowell) 7:19
5 CELESTIAL WOMAN (Stanley Cowell) 7:22
6 NOSTALGIA FOR HOMELANDS (Stanley Cowell) 5:34
7 LESDODIS (Stanley Cowell) 6:12
8 B MINOR FOLKSONG (Stanley Cowell) 6:55
Total Playing Time 60:01

UPC: 716043182824

Listen to Track 1 here: MILANO (MP3 SAMPLE)

 

Carl Winther & Jerry Bergonzi “Inner Journey” (SCCD 33134)

SCCD 33134 Carl Winther & Jerry Bergonzi “Inner Journey”

Shipping June 15, 2017.

Pianist/composer Carl Winther dedicates this album to his father, legendary Danish trumpeter/composer/bandleader Jens Winther, whose untimely death February 24, 2011 stunned his fans.

Carl Winther himself is an award-winning artist who – while attributes his musical foundation to his famous father – is his own voice to establish himself in the international scene.

“ .. If you are into highly modern jazz trio with American roots, this album has a lot to offer.” (Brian Petre – Jazz Special on SCCD 33130 “Deconstructing Mr. X”)

CARL WINTHER piano
JERRY BERGONZI tenor saxophone
JOHNNY ÅMAN bass
ANDERS MOGENSEN drums
Recorded January 17, 2016

1 TALISMAN (Carl Winther) 8:09
2 REQUIEM For JW (Carl Winther) 4:40
3 INNER JOURNEY (Carl Winther) 4:00
4 KMA (Carl Winther) 4:47
5 BAR NONE (Jerry Bergonzi) 8:33
6 TRITON (Tomas Franck) 11:25
7 WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Anders Mogensen) 6:06
8 LONG GONE (Carl Winther) 3:47
9 GOLEM (Carl Winther) 4:16
Total Playing Time 55:45

UPC: 716043313426

Listen to track 1 here: TALISMAN (MP3 SAMPLE)

 

Kirk Knuffke “Cherryco” (SCCD 31832)

SCCD 31832 Kirk Knuffke “Cherryco”

The winner of Downbeat Magazine’s “Rising Star” critics poll 2015 cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is presenting here his interpretation of compositions by the two iconic practitioners of 60’s free jazz movement Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. For Kirk – being identified himself with new jazz – who had known Coleman in his late years personally, this engaging tribute is an axiom.

One of modern jazz’s most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing“, he has “full command of his most demanding instrument…” – (All About Jazz)

KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums
Recorded February 2016

1 ROLAND ALPHONSO (Don Cherry) 5:58
2 THE SPHINX (Ornette Coleman) 5:53
3 ART DECO (Don Cherry) 7:21
4 REMEMBRANCE (Don Cherry) 4:58
5 GOLDEN HEART (Don Cherry) 4:12
6 LONELY WOMAN (Ornette Coleman) 2:55
7 JAYNE (Ornette Coleman) 6:58
8 SONG IN D (Don Cherry) 7:44
9 PARIS AMBULANCE SONG (Don Cherry) 4:28
10 ANGEL VOICE (Ornette Coleman) 5:15
11 MIND AND TIME (Ornette Coleman) 3:46
12 CHERRYCO (Don Cherry) 4:00
Total Playing Time 63:31

UPC: 716043183227

Listen to track 1 here: ROLAND ALPHONSO (SAMPLE)

Federico Bonifazi featuring Philip Harper “E 74 ST” (SCCD 33135)

SCCD 33135 Federico Bonifazi featuring Philip Harper “E 74 ST”

Italy’s new piano-forte star Federico Bonifazi hails from Umbrian region but his musical soul belongs to the jazz scene of New York city where this his second SteepleChase LookOut release was produced. On this album Bonifazi invites trumpeter Philip Harper of the Harper Brothers to be featured.

You’ll see is an album worthy of special attention, designed and built with strong artistic personality and with a huge communicative generosity, in which Bonifazi interacts with his fellow performers with that nurturing freedom with humility and discretion that only great artists possess and that’s what makes this CD a real gem in the musical production of the Umbrian pianist.” (A Proposito di Jazz on SCCD 33125)

FEDERICO BONIFAZI piano
PHILIP HARPER trumpet (track 1, 2, 4, 5, 7)
JOHN WEBBER bass (track 4 & 5 ), guitar (track 9 )
LORENZO SANDI bass (track 1, 2, 7)
SIMONE BELLAVIA bass (track 3, 6 & 8)
GAETANO FASANO drums (track 3, 6 & 8)
BILLY KAYE drums (track 1, 2, 4, 5, 7)
Recorded August 5, 2014 & March 10, 2016

1 BALLAMORANDO BRANDO 4:10
2 HIGH LINE 8:36
3 STEPS HOUSE 6:29
4 74TH STREET 2:49
5 SECRET ROOM 11:29
6 WAIT JUST A MOMENT 5:10
7 BOROTALCO 7:51
8 CRASH 5:04
9 SOUNDS GOOD 6:43
Total Playing Time 58:24
All compositions by Federico Bonifazi

UPC: 716043313525

Listen to track 1 here: BALLAMORANDO BRANDO (SAMPLE)

Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” (SCCD 31831)

New Releases April 2017
Shipping April 5

SCCD 31831 Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding”

Veteran alto saxophonist Andy Fusco, despite his long-time active career which had begun with the 5-year tenure with the Buddy Rich Big Band in the late 70s, has been notoriously under-recorded as a leader.

His SteepleChase debut album last year “Whirlwind” SCCD 31811, though it took 12 years before its release, has marked the new era for the virtuoso instrumentalist.

Here on his new album (only one year has passed since the last one) Fusco leads his hand-picked band to present a tasteful and full-blooded program.

Whirlwind is one of those rare releases that exceeds craft and competence, and establishes its own reasons for being. Among other things, it’s a bottomless well of a jazz record. The more you play it, the more discoveries you make. The music offers multiple perspectives and can be enjoyed in a number of ways.” (David A.Orthmann – AAJ on SCCD 31811)

  • ANDY FUSCO alto saxophone
  • WALT WEISKOPF tenor saxophone
  • JOEL WEISKOPF piano
  • Mike Karn bass
  • Jason Tieman drums

Recorded May 2016

1 EZZ-THETIC (George Russell) 9:08
2 TENDER LEAVES (Walt Weiskopf) 5:39
3 TODAY (Joel Weiskopf) 8:09
4 SKYLARK (Hoagy Carmichael) 7:35
5 ERIN’S BLUES (Andy Fusco) 10:19
6 WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES (Maria Grever) 4:39
7 RELAXIN’ WITH ANDY (Walt Weiskopf) 6:45
8 JOY-RIDING (Walt Weiskopf) 6:25
9 HOT HOUSE (Tadd Dameron) 7:16

Total Playing Time 66:39

UPC: 7 16043 18312 8

Listen to track 1 here: EZZ-THETIC (MP3 SAMPLE)

 

Gene Segal “Spiral” (SCCD 33132)

SCCD 33132 Gene Segal “Spiral”

(New Release April 2017, Shipping April 5)

Guitarist/composer Gene Segal is rapidly becoming a stalwart regular player of SteepleChase Lookout with this his 3rd album, for which Gene assembles an organ trio. With his unpredictable, open, unconventional style still intact Segal applies a mini paradigm shift to straighter jazz and reveals a new dimension.

While Segal still loves the funk, as the opening “Healing Feeling” definitively shows, the remainder of the album doesn’t easily fit into any one musical pigeonhole; unless there’s a category at your local music store called “accomplished, original jazz-rock from out of left-field.” (Dave Wayne – AAJ on SCCD 33114)

  • GENE SEGAL guitar
  • BRIAN CHARETTE Hammond B3 organ
  • BRUCE COX drums

Recorded December 2015 & May 2016

1 SPIRAL (Gene Segal) 6:15
2 CREEPER (Gene Segal) 5:40
3 TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY (Gene Segal) 7:50
4 US (Gene Segal) 5:47
5 DHARMA (Gene Segal) 6:14
6 HIDDEN PLACE (Björk Guðmundsdóttir) 6:11
7 SUNKEN TREASURE (Gene Segal) 5:53
8 INTO NIGHT (Gene Segal) 4:41
9 BLUES OUT (Gene Segal) 4:27
10 SOULSTICE (Gene Segal) 6:34

Total Playing Time 59:33

UPC: 7 16043 31322 8

Listen to track 1 here: SPIRAL (MP3 SAMPLE)

 

Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827)

New Releases March 2017
Shipping March 10

SCCD 31827 Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us”

Burgeoning vocalist/composer/lyricist Allegra Levy grabbed attention of critics and public with her 2014 debut album “Lonely City” SCCD 33118.

Allen Morrison of Downbeat remarked, “Allegra Levy has a pleasing alto, a sultry delivery and a propensity to swing. Her debut album, Lonely City, is consistently engaging.”

“Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent.” (Christopher Loudon – JazzTimes)

Here on her new album, Allegra teamed-up with a powerhouse quintet tells her stories in both contemporary and timeless fashion.

CHERRY BLOSSOM SONG (MP3 SAMPLE DOWNLOAD)

ALLEGRA LEVY vocal
KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
STEPHEN RILEY tenor saxophone
CARMEN STAAF piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums
Recorded February 2016

1 CHERRY BLOSSOM SONG (Allegra Levy, arr. John McNeil) 6:38
2 LULLABY OF THE ORIENT (Duke Jordan/Allegra Levy) 5:14
3 I SHOULDN’T TELL YOU (Allegra Levy, arr. John McNeil) 5:25
4 MISERY MAKES THE MUSIC (Allegra Levy) 4:12
5 YESTERDAYS (Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach) 5:07
6 DEAR FRIEND (Allegra Levy) 5:12
7 SLEEPWALK WITH ME (IN SEK TONG TSUI) (Allegra Levy) 5:29
8 SOY CALIFA (Dexter Gordon/Allegra Levy) 4:37
9 LEAVING TODAY (Allegra Levy) 8:41
10 DOWN SUNDAY (John McNeil/Allegra Levy, arr. John McNeil) 6:19
11 CITIES BETWEEN Us (Allegra Levy) 6:45

Total Playing Time 63:44

UPC: 716043182725