Larry Schneider – Mohawk (SCCD 31347)

SCCD 31347 Mohawk / Larry Schneider Quartet Larry Schneider on this latest recording plays alto sax instead of tenor sax which is his instrument. And when a jazz saxophone player picks up alto, there is one thing in his mind: CHARLIE PARKER. “Larry Schneider Plays Charlie Parker” is what this CD is all about. A formidable task superbly executed. 1. Mohawk (Charlie Parker)2. Moose the mooche (Charlie Parker)3. She rote (Charlie Parker)4. Yardbird suite (Charlie Parker)5. Donna Lee (Charlie Parker)6. Anthropology (CharlieParker/Dizzy Gillespie)7. Scapple from the apple (Charlie Parker)8. Steeplechase (Charlie Parker)9. Confirmation (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043134724 … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – In The Mood For A Classic (SCCD 31342)

SCCD 31342 In The Mood For A Classic / Andy LaVerne Andy LaVerne plays Bud Powell This astounding solo recital of 17 Bud Powell compositions (plus two tributes) by Andy LaVerne was recorded in Copenhagen during LaVerne’s European tour last winter. This project was, however, not something accidentally took place just because the artist was visiting the town. Since the time producer Nils Winther suggested Andy the idea of making a solo album on SteepleChase’s own Fazioli concert grand Andy LaVerne has been working on the material presented here for several months. LaVerne who like Powell possesses the phenomenal technique on piano interprets Bud Powell the composer with sensitibity and … Continue reading

Richie Beirach, Andy LaVerne – Too Grand (SCCD 31335)

SCCD 31335 Too Grand / Richie Beirach & Andy LaVerne To begin with, there’s nothing too grand about this recording. As the linernote writer Mark Gardner puts it, “ The music is accessible and accomplished but not over-polished..Four hands, two minds in unison and two grands equals bliss for lover of jazz piano when Richie and Andy are calling the tunes and delivering them so expertly together .” When the two pianists with almost identical background (both New Yorker, almost same age: Richie 46 Andy 45, classically trained, went to the same school, Berkelee College of Music, had their first major job in the Stan Getz Group…) sat at the … Continue reading

Bob Rockwell – Born To Be Blue (SCCD 31333)

SCCD 31333 Born To Be Blue / Bob Rockwell Trio On this latest outing on SteepleChase, Bob Rockwell teamed up with the visiting pianist from USA Andy LaVerne and his regular partner Lundgaard. The result is a sensitive, well-balanced and most enjoyable CD with clear sound picture without drummer. Bob Rockwell’s career credit includes Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band in the late 70s, Tito Puente, Ben Sidran and Freddie Hubbard. He has been living in Denmark for 11 years now actively involved with the music scene there. 1. Bye-ya (Thelonious Monk)2. Born to be blue (Mel Wells/Torme)3. Gaslight (Duke Pearson)4. A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Manning Sherwin)5. Bye bye baby … Continue reading

Richie Beirach, Andy LaVerne – Universal Mind (SCCD 31325)

SCCD 31325 Universal Mind / Richie Beirach & Andy LaVerne “… Richie and Andy lay before us a positive feast of keyboard collaboration. …Universal Mind will be providing many rewarding hours of enjoyment as a wonderful example of the specialised art of four hands interaction …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Solar (Miles Davis)2. All the things you are (Jerome Kern)3. I loves you Porgy (George Gershwin)4. Haunted heart (Dietz/Schwartz)5. Chappaqua (Andy LaVerne)6. Blue in green (Bill Evans)7. Elm (Richie Beirach)8. The Town Hall Suite: Prologue (Bill Evans)9. The Town Hall Suite: Story Line (Bill Evans)10. The Town Hall Suite: Turn Out The Stars (Bill Evans)11. The Town Hall Suite: Epilogue (Bill … Continue reading

Larry Schneider – Blind Date (SCCD 31317)

SCCD 31317 Blind Date / Larry Schneider Quartet Schneider and LaVerne have worked together for a long time in various settings. Their duo recording of Bill Evans related tunes (SCCD 31307 Bill Evans…Person We Knew) received critical acclaim and commercial success. “ The abilities of Larry Schneider, Andy Laverne and company can be in no doubt, but the manner in which they meld makes those set, like its duo predecessor, such a treat ….” (Mark Gardner, from the linernotes) 1. Blind date (Andy LaVerne)2. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)3. Autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma)4. Body and soul (Johnny Green)5. How my heart sings (Earl Zindars)6. Eye care (Andy LaVerne)7. Peggy's blue skylight (Charles … Continue reading

John Abercrombie, Andy LaVerne – Now It Can Be Played (SCCD 31314)

SCCD 31314 Now It Can Be Played / John Abercrombie – Andy LaVerne Quartet “ The paring of guitarist Abercrombie and pianist LaVerne is so logical. Both are strong melodists who seem to relish a set of good, difficult changes …” (Cadence) 1. Now it can be played (Andy LaVerne)2. I wish I knew (Harry Warren)3. Shadow and fog (Andy LaVerne)4. John's waltz (John Abercrombie)5. Cat nap (Andy LaVerne)6. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)7. Labour day (John Abercrombie)8. Waltz king (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043131426 … Continue reading

Larry Schneider, Andy LaVerne – Bill Evans…Person We Knew (SCCD 31307)

SCCD 31307 Bill Evens..Person We Knew / Larry Schneider & Andy LaVerne Bill Evans (1929-1980) has been one of the most influential figures on mainstream jazz piano over the past three decades, especially for the younger generation whose formative years were spent in the late 60s and the 70s. LaVerne having studied first-hand with Evans and Schneider recorded with him over the two years prior to Evans’ death, those two musicians made this recording more than just a tribute but an intriguing chronicle of an extraordinary musical life. “.. .immortal music interpreted by the two inspiring musicians: a regale of intelligence and emotion …” (Jazz in Time) 1. Re: Person … Continue reading

John Abercrombie, Andy LaVerne – Nosmo King (SCCD 31301)

SCCD 31301 Nosmo King / John Abercrombie & Andy LaVerne " Harmony is what makes this duo album work so well. Harmony between the instruments of course, but also a personal harmony between the players…these two so often think like one, it leaves plenty of room for you to sit in and listen… " (Paul B. Matthews, Cadence) 1. I hear a rhapsody (Fragos/Baker)2. Waltz for Debbie (Bill Evans)3. I loves you Porgy (George Gershwin)4. Blue cycle (Andy LaVerne)5. Silver's serenade (Horace Silver)6. John's new waltz (John Abercrombie)7. Babes w/babies (Andy LaVerne)8. My man's gone now (George Gershwin)9. Nosmo king (Andy LaVerne)10. Never never land (Jule Styne)11. Softly as in … Continue reading