Anthony Braxton – What’s New In The Tradition (SCCD 37003/4)

1. Marshmallow (Warne Marsh)2. Goodbye pork pie hat (Charles Mingus)3. Just friends (Klenner/Lewis)4. Ornithology (Charlie Parker)5. Lush life (Billy Strayhorn)6. Trane's blues (John Coltrane)1. What's new (Haggart/Burke)2. Duet (Anthony Braxton)3. Body and soul (Johnny Green)4. Marshmallow (Warne Marsh)5. Donna Lee (Charlie Parker)6. My funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers)7. Half Nelson (Miles Davis) UPC/EAN: 716043700325 … 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the 30 th anniversary with this special release of Dexter Gordon 8-CD box set with 52-page booklet loaded with hitherto unpublished photos of Dexter and his sidemen.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 – Catalonian Nights, Vol. 3 (SCCD 31433)

SCCD 31433 Catalonian Nights Vol. 3 / Tete Montoliu Trio Spanish master on keyboard Tete Montoliu passed away at age 64 on August 24, 1997 in Barcelona. In this celebrated series of live recordings from Zeleste, earlier volumes (SCCD 31148 and 31241) were enthused by the critics and audience alike. Here’s the last release from the same recordings which “ capture <Tete> at the peak of his powers, in inspirational company and among a warmly sympathetic audience…. Thanks to tracks like these we can continue to celebrate his diamond bright lines of compelling logic and vivid beauty .” (Mark Gardner) 1. Easy living (Rubin/Rainger)2. There Is no greater love (Symes-Jones)3. … Continue reading

Tete Montoliu – Hot House (SCCD 37027/28)

MID-PRICE SERIES SCCD 37027/28 Hot House / Tete Montoliu Trio Previously issued on SCCD 31017 & SCCD 31029 “ Strongly recommended, buy !” (Compact) “… This is the best piano record in many years and one that will certainly rank with the best of any era .” 1. Sweet Georgia Fame (Blossom Dearie)2. A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Manning Sherwin)3. Blues for Perla (Tete Montoliu)4. Falling in love with love (Richard Rodgers)5. Old folks (Dedate Hill)6. Au privave (Charlie Parker)7. Body and soul (Johnny Green)1. Giant steps (John Coltrane)2. Theme for Ernie (Freddie Lacey)3. Body and soul (Johnny Green)4. Solar (Miles Davis)5. I remember Clifford (Benny Golson)6. Hot house … Continue reading

George Cables – Skylark (SCCD 31381)

31381 Skylark / George Cables Trio “ A fine sole and trio performer ” (The Penguin Guide to JAZZ) is George Cables. Here on his fourth album George leads a superb three-some, including the veteran Tootie Heath on drums and presents a pulsating programme from the classic sambas by Bonfa to an ingenious tune Dolahin by his own pen. 1. Fungii mama (Blue Mitchell)2. Fee-fi-fo-fum (Wayne Shorter)3. Manha de carnival (Luiz Bonfa)4. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Samba de Orfeu (Luiz Bonfa)6. Someday my prince will come (Churchill/Morey)7. A felicidade (Luiz Bonfa)8. Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)9. Dolahin (George Cables) UPC/EAN: 716043138128 … Continue reading

Jimmy Heath – You Or Me (SCCD 31370)

SCCD 31370 You Or Me / Jimmy Heath Quartet The middle member of the tremendously talented Heath Brothers , veteran tenorman Jimmy Heath who is turning 70 next year is still one of the most active and busiest musicians around, leading his own group and big band, composing, arranging and teaching. Jimmy Heath on his second appearance on SteepleChase (earlier release SCCD 31292 “You’ve Changed”) offers us again “ an individual, rounded, mature and, above all, human tone that is expressive and pleases the ear ….” (Mark Gardner, from the linernotes). 1. The quota (Jimmy Heath)2. Rio dawn (Jimmy Heath)3. Ballad from upper neighbors suite (Jimmy Heath)4. Is that so? … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan – Half Note (SCCD 31198)

SCCD 31198 Half Note / Clifford Jordan Quartet Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931 – 1993) was born in Chicago and his high school classmates include Johnny Griffin, John Gilmore and Richard Davis. He worked with Max Roach in Chicago area and moved to New York in 1957 where he joined Horace Silver’s band. Later on he formed his regular group with Walton, Jones and Higgins (The Magic Triangle) and played all over the world. This recording from New York’s Half Note the drummer Albert Heath replaces Higgins. “… the music is superb…..Jordan and Walton achieve the most engaging thematic improvisation I have heard from either …” (Bart Grooms) 1. Holy … Continue reading

Tete Montoliu – Tête à Tete (SCCD 31054)

SCCD 31054 Tête � Tete / Tete Montoliu Trio “… the Spanish Steinway stroker displays formidable technique and an abundance of emotion…A strong album, likely to appeal to every jazz buff…Recommended .” (Billboard) “ Tete Montoliu is one of the most imaginative and assured pianists in jazz today. ….A fine album of piano trio jazz .” (Mike Hennessey, Jazz Journal International) “… The music on this album reflects how comfortable the three musicians are as they play together. If you like jazz piano and are still mourning the loss of Bill Evans, find and buy this album. It will make you feel a lot better .” (Gregg Torigoe, KLACTO) 1. … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon – The Apartment (SCCD 31025)

SCCD 31025 The Apartment / Dexter Gordon Quartet The history of SteepleChase cannot be told without Dexter Gordon who had spent the prime-time of his life in Copenhagen playing night after night at the packed Jazzhus Montmartre. This is the first of the many studio recordings Dexter made for SteepleChase with his “home” rhythm group at the height of his career. Long Tall Dexter or Big Dex, as many people remember him fondly, was the first man to apply be-bop on tenor sax and left tremendous influence on the generations to come. As the Jazz Journal puts it, this album is “ all strong meat – one of the tenor … Continue reading

Kenny Drew – Dark And Beautiful (SCCD 37011/12)

MID-PRICE SERIES SCCD 37011/12 Dark And Beautiful / Kenny Drew Trio Previously issued on SCCD 31016 & SCCD 31034 “… extremely charming main stream jazz ..” (Swing Journal) “… quite dynamic and impressive modern jazz approach…it is too interesting a sample of Drew’s work to be allowed to escape unnoticed .” (M.J. Melody Maker , Dec. 4, 1976) “ A valuable addition to the already extremely impressive series of albums Kenny Drew has recorded for SteepleChase over the last few years .” (M.S. Jazz Journal April 1976) 1. Run away (Per Carstens)2. Dark beauty (Kenny Drew)3. Summer night (Harry Warren)4. All blues (Miles Davis)5. A felicidade (Luiz Bonfa)6. It could … Continue reading