Andy LaVerne “Faith” (SCCD 31840)

SCCD 31840 Andy LaVerne “Faith” Andy LaVerne continues to explore the path he set out with his previous critically acclaimed release “Genesis” (SCCD 31818), this time with an added voice in trumpet/flugelhorn by Alex Sipiagin as well as Mike Richmond’s overdubbed cello over his bass-line. As in the previous album all titles are new originals by LaVerne, who, to quote Neil Tesser, Grammy Award winning American journalist, is a committed melodist, with truly individualistic tone. “… Intelligent Design lives up to its name as one of LaVerne’s best efforts thus far and one of the finest jazz releases of the year.” (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ on SCCD 31618 Intelligent … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Genesis (SCCD 31818)

SCCD 31818 Andy LaVerne “Genesis” To quote Danish critic Niels Overgaard, Andy LaVerne is “one of jazz’s analytical workmen”. The enormous body of his work as pianist, composer and educator over the five decades does not stop LaVerne from being creative to add new dimension to his artistry as evidenced in this new album. “… pianist Andy LaVerne possesses talent that should be commensurate with a much broader public awareness.” (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ) “LaVerne’s writing chops are as impressive as his playing.” (Harvey Siders – Jazztimes on Pianissimo SCCD31512) ANDY LAVERNE piano MIKE RICHMOND bass, cello JASON TIEMANN drums Recorded December 2015 1 GENESIS 7:32 2 METAFOUR 5:50 3 … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – I Want To Hold Your Hand (SCCD 31803)

SCCD 31803 Andy LaVerne Trio “Live At The Kitano Vol.3” Andy LaVerne’s unique ensemble of piano/organ/drums wraps up the two-night engagement at New York’s prominent jazz lounge at the Kitano Hotel with this last volume of intriguing original compositions by LaVerne and a handful of appealing standard titles. “In hindsight, it’s surprising that the piano and organ format has been so rarely utilized in jazz because it makes so much sense. The B3 is able to provide a bass line and a unique textural counterpoint that can complement as well as step forward. … it’s Andy’s superb originals that supply the fodder for this most rewarding collection…” (Andrew Hovan – … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – I Have A Dream (SCCD 31782)

SCCD 31782 Andy LaVerne’s One Of A Kind “I Have A Dream” live at Kitano II Veteran pianist/composer/educator Andy LaVerne has been a stalwart of SteepleChase Label for almost four decades. His latest album here is the sequel to “Live At The Kitano” with his unique piano/organ trio named One Of A Kind , which aptly describes its out-of-the-ordinary nature of the ensemble. C. Andrew Hovan of AAJ commented on the first SteepleChase release of the group Intelligent Design (SCCD 31618) , “ Really one of the most welcomed surprises of the season, Intelligent Design lives up to its name as one of LaVerne’s best efforts thus far and one … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Three’s Not A Crowd (SCCD 31751)

SCCD 31751 Andy LaVerne “Three Is Not A Crowd” The “Three” of “The Three Is Not A Crowd” goes way back to 1977 when Andy LaVerne, Mike Richmond and Billy Hart comprised the rhythm section for the great Stan Getz quartet. Andy LaVerne cut his debut album with Richmond and Hart that year in Copenhagen which was released as “Another World” SCCD 31086. 35 years later the “Three” convened in a NJ studio to record. The result here is not just a reunion but a new world of creative outpouring by the three mature artists. 1. Fourth Right (Andy LaVerne)2. Three Is Not A Crowd (Andy LaVerne)3. Bird Song (Andy … Continue reading

John Abercrombie, Andy LaVerne – Live From New York (SCCD 31706)

Abercrombie/LaVerne partnership goes back in the 60s when both musicians studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The duo released a number of studio sessions on SteepleChase in the past decades but this time their exciting concert from Baruch University, NY is captured live. JazzTimes’ Jim Ferguson commented on their earlier release SCCD 31538 “Timeline”, “ Although John Abercrombie has done his fair share of experimentation over the years, at the heart of his work is a musicality-as evident throughout Timeline… pianist Andy LaVerne joins Abercrombie for a musical celebration of the influential, historic collaborations between Jim Hall and Bill Evans,… Abercrombie and LaVerne bring their own values and … Continue reading

Don Braden, Stephen Riley, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 30 (SCCD 31700)

Vol. 30 marks the last and completion of SteepleChase Jam Session series which started 12 years ago featuring many of the talented instrumentalists of younger (and old, too) generation on the New York scene. Derek Taylor of AAJ-NY sums up the significance of this series, “ As long as there is jazz, jam sessions will continue to be the glue that holds the art form together. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool tradition in the music and a primary means by which it evolves. These conclaves of like-minded players draw enthusiastically on the best traits of the practice. The days when giants like Bean, Bags, Jaws and Jug frequented after hours haunts, blowing … Continue reading

Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, Mike DiRubbo – Jam Session Vol. 29 (SCCD 31685)

“… SteepleChase producer Nils Winther's interest in documenting spontaneous meetings of talented musicians deserves praise, demanding single takes and no rehearsals to keep the music fresh and the players on their toes …” (Ken Dryden on Vols.17 & 18 – AllAbout Jazz) 1. Matador (Grant Green)2. Whispering High (Andy LaVerne)3. Desolate Shore (Andy LaVerne)4. Easy To Remember (Richard Rodgers)5. Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)6. Theme For Ernie (Fred Lacey)7. Little B's Poem (Bobby Hutcherson)8. Samba De Stacy (William Boone)9. Firewire (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043168521 … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – At The Kitano Vol. 1 (SCCD 31654)

The so-called “unusual” set up of Andy LaVerne’s piano and organ trio formed a several years ago is no longer unusual after its tremendous success with the critics such as JazzTimes’ Thomas Conrad (“ Andy LaVerne on piano and Gary Versace on organ sound absolutely natural and complementary together. ” – on SCCD 31596 All Ways) and Allaboutjazz’s C. Andrew Hovan (“ Really one of the most welcomed surprises of the season, Intelligent Design lives up to its name as one of LaVerne’s best efforts thus far and one of the finest jazz releases of the year. “ – on SCD 31618 Intelligent Design). Andy Laverne this time took his … Continue reading

Steve Davis, Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 28 (SCCD 31660)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label .” (Matthew Miller/allaboutjazz –on Vol. 19) 1. Why Do I Love You? (Jerome Kern)2. Help Is On The Way (Andy LaVerne)3. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harry Arlen)5. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne)6. Jamboree (Andy LaVerne)7. Two And One (Andy LaVerne)8. Birdlike (Freddie Hubbard) UPC/EAN: 716043166022 … Continue reading