Federico Bonifazi “You’ll See” feat. Eric Alexander, John Webber & Jimmy Cobb (SCCD 33125)

SCCD 33125 Federico Bonifazi “You’ll See” feat. Eric Alexander, John Webber & Jimmy Cobb

Pianist/composer Federico Bonifazi is considered one of the most outstanding talents of younger generation of Italy. After studying music in Paris and Turin Bonifazi embarked on professional career as a jazz musician in Europe. His trip to NYC in 2014 enabled him to establish a network of friends in New York jazz scene.

Bonifazi returned to NYC the following year with host of compositions of his own to record this SteepleChase Lookout debut album with New York’s leading artists including Eric Alexander and the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobbs.

FEDERICO BONIFAZI piano
ERIC ALEXANDER tenor saxophone
JOHN WEBBER bass
JIMMY COBB drums
Recorded March 17, 2015.

1 STEPS HOUSE 4:31
2 VEDRAI VEDRAI 6:11
3 IL BALLO DI COCCINELLA 4:57
4 SADNESS FOR YOU 4:46
5 WHAT IS LOVE 6:33
6 SUSPENDED IN THE AIR 6:32
7 THE CHICKEN 6:06
8 ESCAPE 6:02

Total Playing Time 45:39

Vedrai Vedrai composed by Luigi Tenco
All other compositions by Federico Bonifazi

EAN/UPC 716043312528

Freddie Redd "With Due Respect" (SCCD 31817)

SCCD 31817 Freddie Redd “With Due Respect”

One of the handful of surviving original hard-boppers Freddie Redd is turning 88 this month. The famed composer of the 60’s iconic off-Broadway play The Connection Redd ’s recording career has been, however, sporadic despite his great talent.

His trio album “Music For You” (SCCD 31796) in 2014, the first in almost three decades rectified this trend following the precursory 2012 release of “Music Forever” (SCCD 31743) a tribute album to Redd’s music by altoist Chris Byars’ Octet.

On this new album Redd presides over a sextet of much younger generations as performer and composer of old and new compositions embodied here to render a remarkable reminder of jazz’s longevity.

FREDDIE REDD piano
CHRIS BYARS alto saxophone, flute
JOHN MOSCA trombone
STEFANO DOGLIONI bass clarinet
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums
JAMES BYARS oboe (track 2)
Recorded November 2014 & February 2015

1 A NIGHT IN NALEN 6:54
2 REMINISCING 7:13
3 BLUE HUE* 7:23
4 WITH DUE RESPECT* 3:23
5 I’M GONNA BE HAPPY 7:19
6 OD OVERDOSE 7:16
7 OLÉ 6:26
8 LADY J BLUES 8:13
9 MELANIE 9:18
All compositions by Freddie Redd

Total Playing Time 63:28

EAN/UPC 716043181728

Eugenia Choe “Magic Light” (SCCD 33127)

SCCD 33127 Eugenia Choe “Magic Light”

While Eugenia Choe is a relatively new face on NY jazz scene, she has been one of the most sought-after pianists around and her own group presented here has been actively performing in NY area for some time.

Korean-born Choe also a prolific composer compiles an intriguing repertoire mostly based on her original works fit for the debut album of a burgeoning young artist.

EUGENIA CHOE piano
DANNY WELLER bass
ALEX WYATT drums
Recorded April 1 & 2, 2015

1 SHADES OF LIGHT (Eugenia Choe) 3:22
2 KOQUIRRI (Eugenia Choe) 5:38
3 PETALS (Eugenia Choe) 1:15
4 A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING (Billy Strayhorn) 5:26
5 THE MAGIC LIGHT (Eugenia Choe) 5:29
6 SCATTERED CHANT (Eugenia Choe) 4:56
7 MAISON DE CRESENT (Eugenia Choe) 5:43
8 WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW (Benny Carter) 4:57
9 WHERE OUR HEARTS STAY (Eugenia Choe) 5:49
10 ASTOR BOTANIC (Eugenia Choe) 5:34

Total Playing Time 50:08

EAN/UPC 716043312726

Peter Zak "Standards" (SCCD 31815)

SCCD 31815 Peter Zak “Standards”

Peter Zak presents himself here as a pianist in his inherently natural format of a piano trio performing “Standard” tunes.

Michael Bailey of AAJ commented on Zak’s previous release The Disciple SCCD 31771 that “… The smarter artists, like Zak, add a program or theme to their recordings, something that gives an otherwise disparate collection of pieces some continuity or integrity.”

The program or theme on this album is the standards interpreted and performed for here and now in order to give them a lasting life.

PETER ZAK piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums

Recorded December 2014

1 MOON AND SAND (Alex Wilder) 7:57
2 I LOVES YOU PORGY (George Gershwin) 7:17
3 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (Benjamin Weissman) 5:50
4 I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM (Harry Warren) 5:38
5 SO IN LOVE (Cole Porter) 6:49
6 THE STAR-CROSSED LOVERS (Billy Strayhorn/ Duke Ellington) 7:26
7 I’M ALL SMILES (Mickey Leonard) 7:09
8 THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (Ray Noble) 6:55
9 WIVES AND LOVERS (Burt Bacherach) 7:46
10 INDIAN SUMMER (Victor Hubert) 6:09

Total Playing Time 68:57

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Greg Burk “Clean Spring” (SCCD 33124)

SCCD 33124 Greg Burk “Clean Spring”

On January 3rd this year one of the greatest contemporary jazz pianists Paul Bley passed away. Bley left a younger generation of inspired artists behind. Greg Burk is one of them, not that he plays like Bley who was his mentor/teacher but he inherited Bley’s nonconformist approach to music.

Burk currently a resident of Rome, Italy is no newcomer to the scene. Quite a few of his recordings has been highly acclaimed throughout the world. This strikingly original solo recital is his first release on SteepleChase Lookout with a bonus of a captivating short story by the pianist himself.

GREG BURK piano
Recorded March 7 & 8, 2015 At Teatro Filippo Marchetti, Camerino, Italy

1 SONG FOR IAIA 4:44
2 BLUES FOR YUSEF LATEEF 5:46
3 A SIMPLE QUESTION 6:43
4 SOLO UNA CAMMINATA 3:12
5 CLEAN SPRING 4:28
6 SERENA 6:58
7 OASIS 5:23
8 FOUR REASONS 3:16
9 ESCHER DANCE 4:32
10 AMORE TROVATO 4:04
11 IONOSPHERE 5:20
12 OUT AT NIGHT 4:13
13 TONOS 4:47
14 NOT FOREVER 4:51
Total Playing Time 68:18

All compositions by Greg Burk

EAN/UPC 716043312429

Craig Brann "A Conversation Between Brothers" (SCCD 31814)

SCCD 31814 Craig Brann “A Conversation Between Brothers”

Guitarist/composer Craig Brann’s new album here finds the leader in a classic guitar trio format, a change of pace from the two previous sextet releases, bringing his rich tone and blazing chops to the fore.

“Brann’s solos are tastefully muscular, his accompaniment invariably melodic; he even punctuates his own improvised phrases with appropriate chords in the manner of Barney Kessel.” (Tom Greenland – NYC Jazz Record on Mark My Words SCCD 31789)

CRAIG BRANN guitar
NICK MORRISON bass
MATT WILSON drums

Recorded May 2015

1    JOHNNY B GOODE (Chuck Berry) 3:38
2    POETIC (Craig Brann) 4:29
3    FOLKSONG FOR ETHAN (Craig Brann) 6:17
4    DOROTHY’S WELCOME (Craig Brann) 6:08
5    GLORY NO PLEADING THE FIFTH (Craig Brann) 5:09
6    ISLE OF VIEW (Craig Brann) 6:08
7    REINVENTING SOMETHING ROUND (Craig Brann) 7:45
8    KEITH-AR (Craig Brann) 6:29
9    A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BROTHERS (Craig Brann, Jonathan Bangs) 6:25
10    AUTUMN TRANE (Nick Morrison) 6:32
11    FAUX PASS (Craig Brann) 4:06

Total Playing Time 63:11

EAN/UPC 716043181421

Joel Weiskopf Quintet "Where Angels Fear To Tread" (SCCD 31813)

SCCD 31813 Joel Weiskopf Quintet “Where Angels Fear To Tread”

Award-winning pianist/composer Joel Weiskopf has long been established in the main-stream jazz scene in the USA and abroad.

While he has released a number of leader albums, this is his debut leader outing on SteepleChase.

On this new album Joel Weiskopf brings out his time-tested repertoire for quintet date with his Syracuse compatriots Joe Magnarelli (tp) and Andy Fusco (as).

“…pianist Joel Weiskopf is a serious jazz pianist with an individualistic style that is an amalgam of a great number of influences from American jazz to Brazilian samba….” (C. Andrew Hovan, CD Review)

JOEL WEISKOPF piano
JOE MAGNARELLI trumpet, fluegelhorn
ANDY FUSCO alto & soprano saxophone
DOUG WEISS bass
JAIMEO BROWN drums
Recorded March 2015

1 Patience 7:59
2 Breakthrough 7:15
3 Came To Believe 5:26
4 Love Song 9:11
5 Elegy For D Sharpe 9:02
6 Lonely Evening 8:49
7 Where Angels Fear To Tread 8:10
8 Time Remembered* 6:49
9 Free Fall 7:45

Total Playing Time 70:31

Composed by Joel Weiskopf, except * composed by Bill Evans

EAN/UPC 716043181322

Harold Danko Trio "Lost In The Breeze" (SCCD 31812)

SCCD 31812 Harold Danko Trio “Lost In The Breeze”

A good part of pianist/composer/educator Harold Danko’s strength lies in his creative intelligence in composition of originals as well as in recasting or reinventing the existing melodies like in this new release.

“Danko’s approach is one of subtlety and sophistication, not of pyrotechnics (though his technical facility is formidable). He often takes a recognizable tune and changes the setting and mood to produce performances that are pleasantly surprising.” (Francis Lo Kee, AAJ on Escapades SCCD 31674)

HAROLD DANKO piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
JEFF HIRSHFIELD drums
Recorded March 2015

1 Fall Splits 9:34
2 Homing Instinct 6:06
3 Big Squeeze 6:49
4 Lost In The Breeeze 7:40
5 Salt ‘n’ Sugar 5:22
6 Stumble Crush 4:37
7 Fish Road 6:11
8 Paula (Duke Jordan) 5:15
9 If I Did – Would You (Duke Jordan) 7:02
10 Singularity 4:50

Total Playing Time 63:29

Composed by Harold Danko, Jay Anderson & Jeff Hirshfield except track 8 & 9

EAN/UPC 716043181223

Bernd Reiter Quintet feat. Eric Alexander “Workout” (SCCD 33123)

SCCD 33123 Bernd Reiter Quintet feat. Eric Alexander “Workout”

Award winning Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter has already, in spite of his young age, played with jazz’s luminaries like Charles Davis, Kirk Lightsey, Mundell Lowe, Steve Grossman, to mention a few.

Reiter formed the quintet presented here in 2015 to perform a tribute program of Hank Mobley’s music featuring American tenorsax Eric Alexander whom he started to work with in 2012.

The band’s extensive European tour produced this live album from the last two concerts from the Bird’s Eye in Basil, Switzerland.

One of the reviews of the live performances simply put it “Jazz at its best!”.

ERIC ALEXANDER tenor saxophone
HELMUT KAGERER guitar
OLIVIER HUTMAN piano
VIKTOR NYBERG bass
BERND REITER drums
Recorded Live at Bird’s Eye, Basel February 27, 2015.

1 WORKOUT (Hank Mobley) 9:01
2 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (John Lennon & Paul McCartney) 10:35
3 GETTIN’ AND JETTIN’ (Hank Mobley) 11:53
4 ALL THE WAY (Jimmy Van Heusen) 8:36
5 UH HUH (Hank Mobley) 12:00
6 SUPER JET (Tadd Dameron) 9:40

Total Playing Time 61:50

EAN/UPC 716043312320

Andy Fusco Quintet "Whirlwind" (SCCD 31811)

SCCD 31811 Andy Fusco Quintet “Whirlwind”

Veteran altoist Andy Fusco makes his belated SteepleChase leader debut here with this 2003 quintet recording showcasing his intense and strong command of the instrument in the bebop tradition. Growing up in New Jersey his interests were music and football. He first studied at the Syracuse University with football scholarship. After almost making it to NFL Fusco diverted his attention to music and landed the lead altosax post at the Buddy Rich Big Band (1978-1983). He has performed and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis and Walt Weiskopf, to mention a few. Fusco is also a dedicated educator currently a member of the Music Faculty of Kean University, New Jersey.

“Andy Fusco is a player’s player, a steely-edged bopper whose wide swaths suggest Bird as well as Trane…” (Chuck Berg – Jazztimes)

“…we can be grateful for being exposed to yet another substantial jazz man who is on the rise and will hopefully be bringing us much more great music in the coming years.” (Andrew Hovan – AAJ)

ANDY FUSCO alto saxophone
JOHN MOSCA trombone
JOEL WEISKOPF piano
DENNIS IRWIN bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums
Recorded September 2003

1 ACCEPTANCE (John Mosca) 6:20
2 COUNT’S THE THING (Andy Fusco) 7:50
3 WALTZ FOR JUDY (Walt Weiskopf) 7:14
4 DJANGO (John Lewis) 10:26
5 THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS (Ray Noble) 6:36
6 WHIRLWIND (Walt Weiskopf) 8:32
7 HOW ABOUT ME (Irving Berlin) 7:54
8 IN DOMINIC’S TIME (Andy Fusco) 7:55

Total Playing Time 62:50

EAN/UPC 716043181124