Mark Soskin “Upper West Side Stories” (SCCD 31858)

SCCD 31858 Mark Soskin “Upper West Side Stories” New York-based pianist/composer Mark Soskin, following the successful previous (his first SteepleChase release) trio album “Hearts And Minds”, returns to the studio with his dream rhythm section in pursuit of perfecting the art of piano trio jazz. “…Here he is on his own ballgame as the leader of a vital, fine interacting trio … Soskin has a beautiful touch, a lyrical temper with unfailing ease. The music feels timeless and fresh as it often does when the recording session starts with the first take in house and completes in three and half hours,” (Ole Matthiessen – Jazz Special on SCCD 31834 “Hearts … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” (SCCD 31846)

SCCD 31846 Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” To say “Pierre Dørge” and not to follow it with “& New Jungle Orchestra” is almost impossible. Dørge created that small big band in 1980, which became a successful and stable vehicle for his adventurous music. They toured all over the world and built an impressive discography along the way. The guitarist/composer/bandleader, however, has never neglected to seek new palette to draw his music in smaller ensembles. Following highly acclaimed quartet release “Blui” of 2016, Dørge surrounds himself with all American colleagues who have deep understanding of Pierre Dørge’s unique soundscapes. “It’s an inspired collection of musicians and all serve the material well, eight songs … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber “Ronnie’s Trio” (SCCD 31848)

SCCD 31848 Ronnie Cuber “Ronnie’s Trio” Ronnie Cuber (b. Dec. 25, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York), recognized as one og the most important baritone saxophonists in jazz today, has been composing, arranging and leading his own groups since 1959. His powerful command of the instrument led him to perform and record with amazing array of influential artists in almost all thinkable range of musical spectrum. Yet, this is the very first of basic jazz trio album by Ronnie Cuber, which should have a special place in his discography. “There is not one of his records that contains any half-hearted playing or musical skating. When he plays, it’s serious creative business … Continue reading

Vic Juris “Eye Contact” (SCCD 31841)

SCCD 31841 Vic Juris “Eye Contact” Vic Juris has added another guitar trio masterpiece here on his ever-growing body of recorded works. Since his SteepleChase debut album “Night Tripper” SCCD 31353 of 1994, guitarist Vic Juris has been presenting unique musical universe of unassuming virtuosity and versatility, of which John Kelman of AllAboutJazz once pertinently described as “fresh, in-the-moment and connected to the broadest possible tradition.” “Vic Plays Victor Young is a sensitive melodically exploratory album of standards and rarely covered airs, as should be expected from a seasoned ensemble with a compatible repertoire.” (Howard Mandel – DownBeat **** on SCCD 31829) VIC JURIS guitar JAY ANDERSON bass ADAM NUSSBAUM … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Vic Juris Trio – Blue – (SCCD 31810)

SCCD 31810 Vic Juris Trio “Blue” Vic Juris’ new album “Blue” is heavily focused on ballads, which Vic’s signature fluid sound backed up by his mature artistry fits perfectly. One of today’s premier jazz guitarists Vic Juris has been active on the scene for over four decades amassing an impressive discography. “Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. Perhaps best of all, he seems to understand that the foregoing positives also apply to a legion of contemporary guitarists, and he looks for ways to set his work apart, in terms of sound, approach, or material. “ (Duck Baker … Continue reading

Jed Levy – Rain (SCCD 31745)

Frequent leader on the label Jed Levy called upon for this new album pianist George Colligan and bassist Ron McClure both of whom were the sidemen of Jed’s remarkable SteepleChase debut “Sleight of Hand” (SCCD 31383). “ Very impressive and about as inventive a departure from the standard tenor-and-rhythm conventions as one can hope for… ” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD – on “Sleight of Hand”) “… saxophonist Jed Levy delivers one of the most enjoyable albums of the year. It's also accessible, straight-ahead music that everyone can enjoy …” (George Kanzler AAJ on “One Night At The Kitano” SCCD —-) 1. Stomp In F Sharp Minor (Jed … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Omega Is The Alpha (SCCD 31696)

After 5 years’ absence since his 2004 output While My Guitar Gently Weeps (SCCD 31553) guitarist Vic Juris comes back here with a strong trio album, his trademark unpredictability intact to surprise us again. His earlier release Remembering Eric Dolphy (SCCD 31453) prompted JazzTimes’ Duck Baker to write, “ Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. AAJ-NY’s Andrew Hoven also commented, “ As a significant statement of its own by guitarist Vic Juris and his sympathetic ensemble, Remembering Eric Dolphy is an undeniable success. As the tribute affair its title suggests it proves to be far more illusive….. … Continue reading

Gary Versace – Reminiscence (SCCD 31631)

The third leader album of Versace finds him in an outgoing and energetic trio setting with Vic Juris and Adam Nussbaum. On his previous album “Many Places” (SCCD 31589) Matthew Miller of all-about-jazz remarks, “ The truly astonishing aspect of Versace’s talent is the potent mix of virtuosity and musicality he brings in equal measure to each performance. In the hands of a lesser musician the B3 can easily overwhelm any musical setting, but Versace’s ear and infallible sensibility seem to always lead him in the right musical direction.” 1. Hindsight (Cedar Walton)2. For Bill (Gary Versace)3. Thelonious (Thelonious Monk)4. Alone And I (Herbie Hancock)5. For McCoy (Gary Versace)6. Prism … Continue reading

Dick Oatts, Walt Weiskopf, Billy Drewes – Jam Session Vol. 18 (SCCD 31594)

“ Three tenor sax players form the front line for this 18th SteepleChase jam session, and their contrasting styles ensure that no hint of sameness creeps into the proceedings. Dick Oatts, Billy Drewes and Walt Weiskopf are all individual and fluent performers who prove to be compatible playing companions .” (Mark Gardner) On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, CD Review’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days. ….highly recommended .” 1. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)2. Elusive And Reclusive (Andy LaVerne)3. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl)4. The Things We Did Last Summer (Jule Styne)5. Angel … Continue reading