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

Gregory Tardy, Mark Turner, Ari Ambrose – Jam Session Vol. 14 (SCCD 31575)

“….When three terrific tenors are cutting loose the upshot is compulsive listening – and that’s the story of Volume 14: Tenors for everyone!” (Mark Gardner) 1. Along Came Betty (Benny Golson)2. Retrospect (Andy Laverne)3. Everything Happens To Me (Adair/Dennis)4. Old Folks (Dedate Hill)5. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. Learning Curve (Andy Laverne)7. Invitation (Bronislav Kaper)8. Movin' (Andy Laverne) UPC/EAN: 716043157525 … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone II (SCCD 31465)

1. Rockin' in rhythm (Duke Ellington)2. Goin' to New Orleans – introduction (Dave Stryker)3. Goin' to new Orleans (Dave Stryker)4. Sittin' on top of the world (Howlin' Wolf)5. 24 for Elvin (Dave Stryker)6. Mystery street (Dave Stryker)7. The squeeze (Dave Stryker)8. Mood (Dave Stryker)9. Mug shot (Steve Slagle) UPC/EAN: 716043146529 … Continue reading

Larry Schneider – It Might As Well Be Spring (SCCD 31549)

Larry Schneider teamed up with his soul mate group of Andy LaVerne (piano), Mike Richmond (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums) calls this album “… one of my most satisfying recording experiences…. Four friends who know how to play together and create freedom from structure …” On his previous release Jazz (SCCD 31505) Bill Bennett of JazzTimes wrote, “ The momentum that saxophonist Larry Schneider generates here is just awesome. ….Schneider and the stellar rhythm section-so typical of SteepleChase are completely at ease in sharing roles and responsibilities…” 1. It might as well be spring (Richard Rodgers)2. Draul (Bela Bartok)3. Stompin' at the Savoy (Edgar Sampson/Benny Goodman)4. If you could see … Continue reading

Joe Locke – Very Early (SCCD 31364)

SCCD 31364 Very Early / Joe Locke Trio Joe Locke is undoubtedly one of the top contemporary vibraphonists. Here in an intimate trio setting he explores the instrument’s melodious aspect to the fullest. “ This recording session was a rewarding and challenging experience for me. Playing in this format opened my eyes to new possibilities, and made me confront things about myself as a musician .” (Joe Locke) 1. You don't know what love is (DePaul/Raye)2. I loves you Porgy (George Gershwin)3. Nature boy (A. Eden/Ahbez)4. You won't forget me (Goell/Spielman)5. My funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers)6. Very early (Bill Evans)7. Leaving (Richie Beirach)8. Effendi (McCoy Tyner) UPC/EAN: 716043136421 … Continue reading