Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” (G1080)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1080 Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” Recorded in NYC in the midst of Dexter’s great come back to the USA Biting The Apple was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Diamant of 1978 by the Montreux Jazz Festival. “Biting The Apple being recorded around the same time as his “Homecoming” (CBS) album sounds much better with strong backing by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Al Foster.” (Oakland Tribune) “… Dexter in command, authoritative and muscularly assertive as ever…” (Mike Hennessey – Jazz Journal) “… excellent representation of his strength and subtlety in this … Continue reading

Peter Zak – The Peter Zak Trio (SCCD 31578)

Peter Zak is the latest addition of pianist to SteepleChase. Except for a few months of extra-curricular jazz study at University of California, Berklee School Peter Zak has never received formal music education. This natural talent found his own way into the music to become the complete pianist equipped with impeccable taste, effortless ease and technical perfection. “Peter Zak, a new name…but one, I suggest, we will hear a great deal more of in the future.” (Mark Gardner) 1. Better Late Than Never (Peter Zak)2. Laughin With RZ (Peter Zak)3. Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk)4. Namely You (Gene De Paul)5. Blue Gardenia (Lester Lee)6. Grandpa George (Peter Zak)7. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)8. … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon – The Complete Trio & Quartet Studio Recordings 1974-76 (SCCD 30010/17)

SCCD30010/17 Dexter Gordon “Complete Trio & Quartet Recordings “ SteepleChase released its first LP (SCCD 31001 Live At Montmartre Jackie McLean Quartet) in January 1973. Yes, it’s 30 years ago. SteepleChase celebrates the 30 th anniversary with this special release of Dexter Gordon 8-CD box set with 52-page booklet loaded with hitherto unpublished photos of Dexter and his sidemen. The tenor giant Dexter Gordon was and still is the backbone of SteepleChase throughout the years. The collaboration between Dexter Gordon and SteepleChase in the year 1974 – 1976 coincides with the artist’s peak of his creative power. 1. Some other blues (take 1) (John Coltrane)2. Some other blues (take 2) … Continue reading

Tete Montoliu – I Wanna Talk About You (SCCD 31137)

SCCD 31137 I Wanna Talk About You / Tete Montoliu Trio guest: Hank Mobley During his rare trip to USA, Tete Montoliu made this historic studio recording in New York. One of the tracks has legendary tenor Hank Mobley as a special guest. Mobley was one the founding members of Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver and Art Blakey and played in the Miles Davis group in the 60s. He had been away from the scene in the 70s due to ill health and this session became his last recording. 1. Nexus, plexus, sexus (Tete Montoliu)2. Blues for Wim and Maxine (Tete Montoliu)3. Scandia skies (Kenny Dorham)4. Jo vull que m'acariciis … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – Duke’s Delight (SCCD 31046)

SCCD 31046 Duke's Delight / Duke Jordan Quartet Duke Jordan’s long association with SteepleChase started with Jordan’s visit to Copenhagen in 1973. This session with the very best sidemen New York could offer features Jordan’s own compositions – except for the solo piano rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic In My Solitude . Accompanied by the veteran bassist Sam Jones and the great drummer Al Foster (who joined Miles Davis shortly after this session) the trio provides solid ground for solos by trumpeter Richard Williams, saxman Charlie Rouse and the leader himself. “… Jordan’s restraint and taste shape a music that is haunting in its lyrical qualities while being attractive in … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – Lover Man (SCCD 31127)

SCCD 31127 Lover Man / Duke Jordan Trio Recorded on the same day after the quintet session (SCCD 31046 Duke’s Delight) this attractive trio recording “ comprises nearly 50 minutes of sheer unpretentious enjoyment .” (Mark Gardner, Jazz Journal) 1. Dig (Miles Davis)2. Dancer's call (Duke Jordan)3. Love train (Duke Jordan)4. Don't blame me (Jimmy McHugh)5. Sea (Al Foster)6. Lover man (Ram Ramirez)7. They say it's wonderful (Irving Berlin)8. Out of nowhere (Green/Heyman) UPC/EAN: 716043112722 … Continue reading

Sadik Hakim – Witches, Goblins, etc. (SCCD 31091)

SCCD 31091 Witches, Goblins, etc. / Sadik Hakim Trio Sadik Hakim (1919-1983) was the legendary pianist whose performance on the famous Charlie Parker’s KoKo session (1954) and Lester Young’s Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid made those recordings immortal. “…This album contains his best work yet…” (Jazz Journal) “…the best ever Hakim album…” (Swing Journal) 1. Moon in Aquarius (Sadik Hakim)2. Witches, goblins ect. (Sadik Hakim)3. Our bossa nova (Sadik Hakim)4. No more Sue (Sadik Hakim)5. Portrait of cousin Mickey (Sadik Hakim)6. Booger's dilemma (Sadik Hakim)7. Peace of mind (Sadik Hakim)8. Say what you mean (Sadik Hakim)9. Peace of mind (Sadik Hakim)10. Booger's dilemma (Sadik Hakim) UPC/EAN: 716043109128 … Continue reading

Sam Jones – Visitation (SCCD 31097)

SCCD 31097 Visitation / Sam Jones Quintet Sam Jones (1924 – 1981) was fondly called “Home” by all musicians who appreciated his rock solid, unwavering bass line they could always count on. This Jones’ first band since arriving in New York two decades ago features Japan’s super trumpeter Terumasa Hino and New York’s raising star tenor Bob Berg. “ SteepleChase is hard to beat when it comes to a consistently high level of jazz recordings and this latest album by Sam Jones is well up to standard….an excellent band. …As for Sam Jones, he is in splendid form on all tracks, perhaps inspired by the feeling that he has managed … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon – Biting The Apple (SCCD 31080)

SCCD 31080 Biting The Apple / Dexter Gordon Quartet “ Biting The Apple ” recorded in NYC in the midst of Dexter’s great come back to the USA was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Diamant of 1978 by the Montreux Jazz Festival. 1. Apple jump (Dexter Gordon)2. I'll remember April (DePaul/Raye)3. Georgia on my mind (Hoagy Carmichael)4. Blue bossa (Kenny Dorham)5. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)6. A la modal (Dexter Gordon) UPC/EAN: 716043108022 … Continue reading