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

Dave Stryker – Stardust (SCCD 31362)

SCCD 31362 Stardust / Dave Stryker Trio This recording by guitarist Dave Stryker is a unusual trio with organ. But for Stryker who has played in the Jack McDuff group for a number of years, to have a groovy organist in the band is not so unusual but natural and stimulating, especially so when the organist is the 29 year old wizard of the instrument Joey DeFrancesco. As Dave says in the liner note, this CD serves to remind us of “ what is great about jazz music ”. “ The surging sense of swing of all three men is everywhere apparent in a set which reinforces the values of … Continue reading

Paul Bley – If We May (SCCD 31344)

SCCD 31344 If We May / Paul Bley Trio It has been 40 years since Paul Bley cut his first album and he has been one of the most original exponents of jazz piano during these years. Though most of the titles here have been recorded by Bley before, every Paul Bley fan knows and expects that everything he touches turns out a totally new creation. Bley’s trademark unpredictability makes the interaction between the leader and the rhythm section immensely exciting. 1. Long ago and far away (Jerome Kern)2. Don't explain (Billie Holiday)3. If we may (Paul Bley)4. Indian summer (Herbert/Dubin)5. All the things you are (Jerome Kern)6. Goodbye (Gordon … Continue reading

Doug Raney – Blues On A Par (SCCD 31341)

SCCD 31341 Blues On A Par / Doug Raney Quartet Guitarist Doug Raney has been a resident of Denmark for almost two decades since he moved there at the age of 19 and has matured into a formidable artist in his own right and is well established on the European jazz scene, though it is hard to forget about his famous father and fellow guitarist Jimmy Raney perhaps because of their striking physical resemblance. Doug and producer Nils Winther have been planning this “back home” session for quite some time. And the result is this exciting CD in which you can hear that New York and the Apple’s brilliant rhythm … Continue reading

George Cables – I Mean You (SCCD 31334)

SCCD 31334 I Mean You / George Cables Trio There is no doubt that George Cables is one of the finest piano players today’s jazz scene can offer. Recorded in April last year this CD is packed with energy and intensity, which is not surprising, after all what else can one expect from a powerful player like Cables backed by rock-solid bass of Anderson and dynamite drums of Nussbaum? 1. Woofin' and tweetin' (Gene Ammons)2. Who can I turn to? (Newley/Bricusse)3. I mean you (Thelonious Monk)4. For heaven's sake (Meyer/Brown/Edwards)5. Blackfoot (George Cables)6. But he knows (George Cables)7. All or nothing at all (Lawrence/Altman)8. Lush life (Billy Strayhorn)9. Double or … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Passage (SCCD 31330)

SCCD 31330 Passage / Dave Stryker Quintet Here’s the third album of Dave Stryker (b. March 30, 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska) on SteepleChase. “… Stryker plays strong, swinging neo-bop guitar with a clear, luminous, ringing tone, and can handle a range of styles. …The result is somewhat slick, but never boring neo-bop. Lovers of jazz guitar should not hesitate to pick this one up .” (Cadence) 1. In the now (Dave Stryker)2. Kalahari (Steve Slagle)3. Passage (Dave Stryker)4. It's you or no one (Jule Styne)5. Jungle (Dave Stryker)6. Violation (Steve Slagle)7. I fall in love too easily (Jule Styne)8. Minor Jones (Dave Stryker)9. Pursuit (Dave Stryker) UPC/EAN: 716043133024 … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Tonite Only (SCCD 31288)

SCCD 31288 Tonite Only / Ron McClure Quartet Bassist Ron McClure as a sideman has an impressive career record which reads like Who’s Who in Jazz including Thelomious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Keith Jarrett, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Mann among others since his professional debut in the early 60s. A few years ago Ron started to record leader albums for SteepleChase. And as the leader he always surrounds himself with the very best either from the established or from the up-and-coming generation. Here on this all-star pianoless quartet recording, Ron directs the band with his powerfull technique and great sound and delivers “. .un disque très classique …” (Jazz Hot) … Continue reading

Ron McClure – McJolt (SCCD 31262)

SCCD 31262 McJolt / Ron McClure Quartet “.. .a varied and frequently satisfying date by four masters of the art .” ( Jazz Journal ) 1. McJolt (Richie Beirach)2. Broken dreams (Ron McClure)3. Secret Love (Sammy Fain)4. Elm (Richie Beirach)5. All blues (Miles Davis)6. Solar (Miles Davis)7. Beautiful love (Victor Young)8. Nardis (Bill Evans)9. Stella by starlight (Victor Young) UPC/EAN: 716043126224 … Continue reading

Mike Richmond – On The Edge (SCCD 31237)

SCCD 31237 On The Edge / Mike Richmond Trio “… the leader – whose wide experience with leaders such as DeJohnette, Getz and Silver has granted him a steadfast mainstream-modern reputation – pilots the trio with great enthusiasm….” (The Penguin Guide To JAZZ) “ Très bon disque …” (A.G., Compact) 1. On the edge (Mike Richmond)2. Northern lites (Mike Richmond)3. Adam and the tribe (Mike Richmond)4. Soft focus (Mike Richmond)5. Someday my prince will come (Churchill/Morey)6. In a sentimental mood (Duke Ellington)7. Sand and sea (Mike Richmond)8. For D.R. (Mike Richmond)9. Gospel (Mike Richmond) UPC/EAN: 716043123728 … Continue reading