Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” (SCCD 31822)

SCCD 31822 Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie”

The music of the early 20th century French Avant-gardist Erik Satie for a jazz album makes perfect sense when its interpreters/performers are cornetist Kirk Knuffke and his long-time partner pianist Jesse Stacken. They both share their musical background in unconventional new/free jazz as well as classical training.

The Knuffke/Stacken duo has released a series of highly acclaimed albums with music by renowned composers of jazz.

“This is nostalgia made vibrant, played with precision, depth, good taste and a leisurely refusal to overcrowd its sonic space.”
(Martin Longley – AAJ on SCCD 31677 Mockingbird)

KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
JESSE STACKEN piano
Recorded May 2015

1 SIX GNOSSIENNES No. 1 Lent 4:32
2 TROIS GYMNOPÉDIES No. 3 Lent et grave 4:35
3 VEXATIONS 1 2:40
4 PETITE OUVERTURE À DANSER 7:17
5 SIX GNOSSIENNES No. 2 Avec étonnement 9:50
6 TROIS GYMNOPÉDIES No. 2 Lent et triste 6:01
7 VEXATIONS 2 1:17
8 PIÈCES FROIDES 2, Danse de travers En y regardant à deux fois / Passer / Encore 7:05
9 SIX GNOSSIENNES No. 3 Lent 8:11
10 BONJOUR BIQUI, BONJOUR! 2:22
11 SARABANDE No. 1 F minor 5:04
12 SIX GNOSSIENNES No. 4 Lent 2:51
13 VEXATIONS 3 1:22
14 TROIS GYMNOPÉDIES No. 1 Lent et douloureux 4:28
Total Playing Time 67:39
All compositions by Erik Satie

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Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” (SCCD 31821)

SCCD 31821 Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind”

This year is the 10th anniversary of Gregory Tardy’s tenure with SteepleChase label which started with his superlative release “The Truth” SCCD 31583.

“One of the bright hopes, Tardy sounds like a seeker, absolution and salvation in every solo.” (New York Times)

Since then Tardy has, except for a short sabbatical leave from the commercial music scene, kept on creating spiritually inspired music that appealed and reached out to people of all faiths and convictions.

On this new album Tardy combines his own new music with a handful of intriguing compositions by other artists from the past to set up a scene for this stellar sextet featuring his long-time friend and great trumpeter Alex Norris.

GREGORY TARDY tenor saxophone, clarinet
ALEX NORRIS trumpet
SAM SADIGURSKY flute
BRUCE BARTH piano
SEAN CONLY bass
JAIMEO BROWN drums
Recorded December 2015

1 THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN (Gregory Tardy) 9:31
2 COMPANION OF MY FIRST HEARTBEAT (Dream Tune For Mom) (Gregory Tardy) 8:24
3 ASHES (Andrew Hill) 8:34
4 GABRIEL’S GROOVE (Gregory Tardy) 8:38
5 CHASING AFTER THE WIND (Gregory Tardy) 8:00
6 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Omer Avital) 6:40
7 A DANCE FOR MARIE DO (Donald Brown) 6:00
8 JANEL (Benny Carter) 5:47
9 TUNE UP (Eddie Vinson) 6:43
Total Playing Time 68:20

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Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” (SCCD 31820)

SCCD 31820 Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite”

Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Educator/Actor Jason Palmer, the winner of several prestigious competitions including the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition presents his first quartet album here.

As always Jason is keen on sharing with the listeners how the music is conceived, developed and performed in his meticulously organized liner notes. The music which based on a Sudoku game originates in the 2007 commissioned work by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in N.Y.C.

“…what a superb record it is; one that will caress the discerning ear and repay hours of repeated listening being a refined post-modern extension of timeless hard-bop conventions that will stimulate the palate, jaded by too much exposure to so-called `cutting edge’ eclecticism.” (Euan Dixon – Jazz View on Places SCCD 31780)

JASON PALMER trumpet
MIKE MORENO guitar
EDWARD PEREZ bass
LEE FISH drums
Recorded December 2015

THE SUDOKU SUITE:
1 Beauty ‘n’ Numbers 5:05
2 Obsessive 4:05
3 Compulsive 5:35
4 Disorder 7:18
5 Is 5:40
6 Now 6:36
7 Under 2:44
8 Control 4:56
9 Thanks 2:12
10 To The 2:08
11 Guidance 6:16
12 Of Fun And Games 5:39
13 So 6:13
14 If You Would 5:25
15 Allow Me To Be 5:08
16 In The Moment 0:45
Total Playing Time 75:76
Composed by Jason Palmer

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Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke (SCCD 31819)

SCCD 31819 Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa”
Featuring Kirk Knuffke

Danish avant-garde, modern jazz guitarist/composer and most famously leader of “one of Europe’s most sophisticated bands” (Norman Weinstein) has always prided himself on the longevity (since 1980) of his constantly active New Jungle Orchestra.

On this new live recording Dørge features his favourite American cornetist Kirk Knuffke and writes music with Kirk’s sound in mind. With the help of engaging audience in Copenhagen NJO delivers one amazing concert here.

PIERRE DØRGE guitar, conductor
KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
JAKOB MYGIND tenor- & soprano saxophone
ANDERS BANKE tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
KENNETH AGERHOLM trombone
IRENE BECKER piano, synthesizer
THOMMY ANDERSSON bass
AYI SOLOMON congas, percussion
MARTIN ANDERSEN drums
Recorded September 2015

1 I WAS SURPRISED TO KNOW (Pierre Dørge) 4:52
2 UBI ZAA (Pierre Dørge) 4:14
3 I MAY REMEMBER (Irene Becker) 7:45
4 AI PIEDI DELLA SCALA (Pierre Dørge) 10:18
5 SONG FOR ORNETTE (Irene Becker) 5:15
6 JEG HAR EN ANGST (Egil Harder) 4:49
7 HUGO AT BURESØ (Pierre Dørge) 9:12
8 THE ENIGMATIC REALITY OF TIME (Pierre Dørge) 6:12
9 PRELUDE TO ETERNITY (Pierre Dørge) 10:25
Total Playing Time 63:06

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Andy LaVerne – Genesis (SCCD 31818)

SCCD 31818 Andy LaVerne “Genesis”

To quote Danish critic Niels Overgaard, Andy LaVerne is “one of jazz’s analytical workmen”. The enormous body of his work as pianist, composer and educator over the five decades does not stop LaVerne from being creative to add new dimension to his artistry as evidenced in this new album.

“… pianist Andy LaVerne possesses talent that should be commensurate with a much broader public awareness.” (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ)

“LaVerne’s writing chops are as impressive as his playing.” (Harvey Siders – Jazztimes on Pianissimo SCCD31512)

ANDY LAVERNE piano
MIKE RICHMOND bass, cello
JASON TIEMANN drums
Recorded December 2015

1 GENESIS 7:32
2 METAFOUR 5:50
3 VENUS DE MILO 5:48
4 SHOW ME THE MONET 4:06
5 DO UNTO YOURSELF AS YOU WOULD DO UNTO OTHERS 5:24
6 MOURNING 9:10
7 BLEU TRAIN 8:00
8 WHY NOBODY JUST DON’T WANNA DO WHAT I ASK THEM TO DO? 11:45
9 PIECE 5:46
Composed by Andy LaVerne

Total Playing Time 63:24

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David Ambrosio / Russ Meissner – Moments In Time (SCCD 33128)

SCCD 33128 David Ambrosio-Russ Meissner “Moments In Time”

This month’s LookOut features an exciting New York ensemble co-led by bass/drum team of Ambrosio and Meissner. Bassist David Ambrosio has a wide spectrum of musical background from classical composition to jazz performance including Afro/Cuban Bata drumming which gives a unique color to this album.

Drummer Russ Meissner grew up in Toronto, Canada and studied music at William Patterson University in NJ. Since late 90s Meissner has been one of the most sought after drummers on NY scene. With this strong backbone duo New York’s foremost instrumentalists present this inventive and creative set here.

LOREN STILLMAN alto saxophone
MATT RENZI tenor saxophone, English horn
LEONARD THOMPSON piano
NATE RADLEY guitar
DAVID AMBROSIO bass
RUSS MEISSNER drums
Recorded February 17, 2014

1 PERMACULTURE (Ambrosio) 6:24
2 HOURGLASS (Meissner) 6:33
3 NO V (Ambrosio) 7:55
4 FIRST TIME ON THE MOON (Thompson) 7:07
5 12th STREET (Ambrosio) 4:34
6 FAR WEST (Meissner) 9:16
7 ROGERS AVE (Meissner) 9:49
8 MOMENTS IN TIME (Ambrosio) 9:15
9 VIBEY 7 (Meissner) 4:40

Total Playing Time 66:32

UPC/EAN 716043312825

Ari Ambrose – Retrospect (SCCD 31816)

SCCD 31816 Ari Ambrose “Retrospect”

Tenor saxophonist, composer and now attorney at law (immigration specialist) as well Ari Ambrose has successfully gained the recognition from the critics and the public as one of the most innovative improvisers with his own voice.

On this his 14th album Ambrose looks back into the music that inspired him originally as teenager to find something new from it.

“Since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase ‘Introducing Ari Ambrose’ some 15 years ago, saxophonist Ari Ambrose has maintained his impressive output and sound – a modern take on classic jazz forms, which he has polished to perfection on this album.” (Propermusic, UK on “settling In” SCCD 31770)

1 Last Stand (Ari Ambrose)
2 Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)
3 Back Road (Kenny Dorham)
4 Retrospect (Ari Ambrose)
5 Gone With The Wind (Allie Wrubel)
6 Escapade (Kenny Dorham)
7 Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter)

UPC/EAN 716043181629

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