Loren Stillman, Kris Allen, Chris Byars – Jam Session Vol. 15 (SCCD 31581)

The release of Jam Session Vol 15 featuring three young elites of alto sax coincides aptly with the 50 th anniversary year of Charlie Parker’s death. “… Jamming … is actually a creative igniter, serving to raise everyone’s game, while keeping a sense of perspective and respect for the music and each man’s place within it. … ” (Mark Gardner) 1. You Know How It Is (Chris Byars)2. Apropos (Andy Laverne)3. Steeplechase (Charlie Parker)4. I Got It Good And That Ain't Bad (Andy Laverne)5. You've Changed (Fischer/Carey)6. Autumn Nocturne (Josef Myrow)7. Prisoner Of Love (Russ Columbo/Clarence Gaskill)8. Hydroponic (Andy Laverne)9. Blues For Alice (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043158126 … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy, Mark Turner, Ari Ambrose – Jam Session Vol. 14 (SCCD 31575)

“….When three terrific tenors are cutting loose the upshot is compulsive listening – and that’s the story of Volume 14: Tenors for everyone!” (Mark Gardner) 1. Along Came Betty (Benny Golson)2. Retrospect (Andy Laverne)3. Everything Happens To Me (Adair/Dennis)4. Old Folks (Dedate Hill)5. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. Learning Curve (Andy Laverne)7. Invitation (Bronislav Kaper)8. Movin' (Andy Laverne) UPC/EAN: 716043157525 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts, Jon Gordon, Billy Drewes – Jam Session Vol. 13 (SCCD 31574)

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. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Alto Trinity (Dick Oatts)3. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)4. Moonlight In Vermont (Suessdorf / Blackburn)5. Over The Rainbow (Harry Arlen)6. Bridgeless (Andy Laverne)7. Green Dolphin Street (Bronislav Kaper)8. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043157426 … Continue reading

John Abercrombie – A Nice Idea (SCCD 31571)

The follow-up set to the 2002 homage to Evans and Hall, "Timeline" (SteepleChase SCCD 31538) continues to illustrate the astonishing empathy and interplay between Abercrombie and LaVerne and to concentrate on conveying the spirit of the Evans/Hall sound. “… Abercrombie and LaVerne bring their own values and sensibilities to bear throughout the set …” (Jim Ferguson, JazzTimes) 1. How My Heart Sings (Earl Zindars)2. Sometime Ago (Sergio Mihaovich)3. Days Of Wine And Roses (Henry Mancini)4. Besame Mucho (Carlos Velazquez)5. In Love In Vain (Jerone Kern)6. Refried Bananas (Andy Laverne)7. Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk)8. Now Hear This (Andy Laverne)9. A Nice Idea (John Abercrombie)10. Confabulation (Andy Laverne)11. Jazz Folk (John … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – All Ways (SCCD 31569)

Piano/organ/drums is an uncommon combination, but how well it works in the hands (and feet) of such sensitive performers! (Mark Gardner) In this strikingly unusual “Trio” format Andy LaVerne finds a most tasteful and brilliant partner in organist Gary Versace and a new musical horizon to explore. 1. Without A Song (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)2. Apropos (Andy LaVerne)3. Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)4. Hydroponic (Andy LaVerne)5. So Long Ago (Andy LaVerne)6. Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham)7. Love Is A Many Splendored Things (Sammy Fain / Alfred Newman)8. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (Richard Rodgers)9. All Ways (Andy LaVerne)10. Cool-De-La (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043156924 … Continue reading

Rich Perry, Larry Schneider, Igor Butman – Jam Session Vol. 12 (SCCD 31567)

Volume 12 finds the familiar format of three-tenor front line in Rich Perry, Larry Schneider -both long respected members of the American jazz scene and Igor Butman, one of the most prominent from the Russian jazz scene. “… This seemed to be yet another of those magical dates where everything fell into place and a co-operative atmosphere prevailed so that nothing got in the way of the music . ..” (Mark Gardner – linernotes) 1. Witch Hunt (Wayne Shorter)2. Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham)3. Have You Met Miss Jones? (Richard Rodgers)4. These Foolish Things (Marvell-Strachey)5. Once In A While (Edwards-Green)6. When I Fall In Love (Victor Young)7. Good To Go (Andy … Continue reading

Charles Sullivan, Conrad Herwig, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan – Jam Session Vol. 11 (SCCD 31566)

SteepleChase’ ongoing series of jam sessions expands its format on this 11 th volume to septet with two brass and two reeds. Among the featured soloists Charles Sullivan (aka Kamau Muata Adilifu) may need a spherical mentioning here as this is one of his rare recording appearances.since the late 80s. 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. First Born (Conrad Herwig)2. Step Lightly (Joe Henderson)3. Chick's Tune (Chuck Corea)4. Song For My Father (Horace Silver)5. I've Just Seen Her (Duke Ellington)6. … Continue reading

Jerry Bergonzi, Andy LaVerne – Intuition (SCCD 31563)

Andy LaVerne’s ongoing duo projects find the pianist this time in the company of his contemporary (Both Bergonzi and LaVerne were born in 1947). Sharing the common taste and experience in music their mutual respect and admiration are evident throughout this album. Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is also a renowned educator whose work is vastly appreciated and respected by his numerous students and colleagues. “… There is never any shortage of momentum in these performances which are deftly swinging and never give the slightest impression of being forced or in any sense incomplete …! (Mark Gardner) 1. Intuition (Andy Laverne)2. I Fixed The Blues (Andy Laverne)3. Have You Met Miss Jones? … Continue reading

Mark Turner, Don Braden, Jimmy Greene – Jam Session Vol. 9 (SCCD 31554)

“… Mark Turner, Don Braden and Jimmy Greene offer thoughtful and distinctive collaboration as they negotiate a bunch of great jazz originals, standard ballads and a couple of organic pieces from within this ‘band for a day’ …” (Mark Gardner) On Jam Session Vol 6, Chris Parker of CD Reviews commented, “… this lively, vigorous album is as much a tribute to the liberating effect of the jam session itself as to the talent and commitment of its participants .” 1. Ladybird (Tadd Dameron)2. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)3. Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)4. The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Old Folks (Dedate Lee Hill)6. Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Body … Continue reading

Larry Schneider – It Might As Well Be Spring (SCCD 31549)

Larry Schneider teamed up with his soul mate group of Andy LaVerne (piano), Mike Richmond (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums) calls this album “… one of my most satisfying recording experiences…. Four friends who know how to play together and create freedom from structure …” On his previous release Jazz (SCCD 31505) Bill Bennett of JazzTimes wrote, “ The momentum that saxophonist Larry Schneider generates here is just awesome. ….Schneider and the stellar rhythm section-so typical of SteepleChase are completely at ease in sharing roles and responsibilities…” 1. It might as well be spring (Richard Rodgers)2. Draul (Bela Bartok)3. Stompin' at the Savoy (Edgar Sampson/Benny Goodman)4. If you could see … Continue reading