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

Danny Walsh, Charlie Pillow, Tim Ries – Jam Session Vol. 27 (SCCD 31659)

“ 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 just for the fun of it and honing their craft into a distinctly American art form are past, but the vernaculars they shaped live on in these men and show that the handed down torch is definitely still burning bright .” (Derek Taylor /allabout jazz … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Ed Xiques, Jay Brandford – Jam Session Vol. 26 (SCCD 31640)

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 Jam Session vol. 17 & 18 – allabout jazz) 1. Alone Together (Arthur Schwartz)2. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)3. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)4. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)5. Left Alone (Mal Waldron)6. People Time (Benny Carter)7. The Blues Walk (Clifford Brown)8. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown/Kahn)9. It's You Or No One (Jule Styne) UPC/EAN: 716043164028 … Continue reading

Marcus Printup, Joe Magnarelli, Ryan Kisor – Jam Session Vol. 25 (SCCD 31639)

1. Three And One (Thad Jones)2. Triple Talk (Andy LaVerne)3. Scandia Skies (Kenny Dorham)4. My One And Only Love (Mellin/Woods)5. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans)6. Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Impromptu (Andy LaVerne)8. Ca-Lee-So (Lee Morgan)9. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043163922 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Vincent Gardner – Jam Session Vol. 23 (SCCD 31624)

“ 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 – Allabout jazz). 1. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)2. Kin Folks (Lee Morgan)3. Undecided (Charlie Shavers)4. Tenderly (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Born To Be Blue (Mel Torme)6. You Know I Care (Duke Pearsson)7. Note Worthy (Andy LaVerne)8. Short Story (Kenny Dorham)9. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg) UPC/EAN: 716043162420 … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Intelligent Design (SCCD 31618)

SCCD 31618Andy LaVerne “Intelligent Design” The instrumentation of piano/organ/drums may be highly unusual but with Andy LaVerne and Gary Varsace on the keyboards the format is a sure winner as their earlier collaboration in “All Ways” (SCCD 31569) – “(LaVerne and Versace) sound absolutely natural and complementing together….two equally appealing keyboard voices…” (Thomas Conrad – JazzTimes) 1. Short Story (Andy LaVerne)2. Ultra Sound (Andy LaVerne)3. Note Worthy (Andy LaVerne)4. Upside (Andy LaVerne)5. Remembrance (Andy LaVerne)6. Ambrosia (Andy LaVerne)7. Tsunami (Andy LaVerne)8. Can Your Glue Do This? (Andy LaVerne)9. Intelligent Design (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043161829 … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Time To Dream (SCCD 31605)

On this his latest solo recording the composer/performer Andy LaVerne states, “ This CD, as a personal statement, is one of the most important I have made since I began recording for SteepleChase 30 years ago. It demonstrates and documents how my writing has evolved over the years .” 1. Ellipsis (Andy LaVerne)2. Truth Be Told (Andy LaVerne)3. Hard Finish (Andy LaVerne)4. Face Value (Andy LaVerne)5. After The Fact (Andy LaVerne)6. Guaranteed Overnight Delivery (Andy LaVerne)7. Wireless Caller (Andy LaVerne)8. Ground Lifter (Andy LaVerne)9. Start To Finish (Andy LaVerne)10. Time To Dream (Andy LaVerne)11. Duplicity (Andy LaVerne)12. A Year From Yesterday (Andy LaVerne)13. Jazz Country (Andy LaVerne)14. Fair And Balanced … Continue reading

Rick Margitza, Joshua Douglas Smith, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 19 (SCCD 31601)

SteepleChase´ on-going jam session series is recognized by critics and public as a dynamic reflection of contemporary jazz scene. 1. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Without A Song (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)3. The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael)4. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)5. Nancy With The Laughing Face (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. So Long Ago (Andy LaVerne)7. Cool-De-La (Andy LaVerne)8. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043160129 … 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

Ryan Kisor, John McNeil, Brad Goode – Jam Session Vol. 17 (SCCD 31593)

“ The choice of trumpeters proved to be inspired because Ryan Kisor, John McNeil and Brad Goode worked together beautifully and formed a clarion-clear brass choir on the ensembles. Each does his own thing and they are different enough to ensure a constant flow of surprises. They obviously had a ball, and there is no question of anyone "carving" his fellows; rather it is a story of mutual inspiration .” (Mark Gardner) On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, Derek Taylor of All About Jazz wrote, “ The Danish SteepleChase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions, fronting the resources for many in its roster of players to … Continue reading