Mark Soskin “Hearts And Minds” (SCCD 31834)

SCCD 31834 Mark Soskin “Hearts And Minds” Pianist/composer Mark Soskin has been one of the leading players on the New York jazz scene for a number of years. Although Soskin’s name still is associated with Sonny Rollins with whom he worked more than a decade in the 80s and 90s, Mark has left his own strong footprint on performing and recording front. Soskin is also a dedicated educator currently in the faculty of Manhattan School Of Music. On this his first release from SteepleChase Mark Soskin with his favorite rhythm section presents the quintessence of piano trio jazz. “Soskin combines an always melodic approach with a rich vocabulary that draws … Continue reading

Vic Juris “Vic plays Victor Young” (SCCD 31829)

SCCD 31829 Vic Juris “Vic plays Victor Young” Stella By Starlight, My Foolish Heart, Johnny Guitar, Beautiful Love – just a few of the iconic American Songbook titles by Victor Young, whose music has been an important part of the repertoire of guitarist Vic Juris for many years. Juris dedicates the whole album here to the undisputed giant of the American film music composer of the last century. “Two outstanding qualities characterize Vic Juris’ playing. One is his embodiment of the jazz tradition, while always stretching his scope and reaching for new possibilities and concepts. The other is his almost uncanny ability to hear and communicate the totality of the music … 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

Ari Ambrose – Settling In (SCCD 31770)

SCCD 31770 Ari Ambrose Quartet ”Settling In” Ari Ambrose, since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase’s “Introducing Ari Ambrose” (SCCD 31450) some 15 years ago, has maintained his musical perspectives of modernism on tradition and has polished them to perfection on this new album. “… With so many of the young tenor voices continuing to follow John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins or turning toward free-form abstraction, it’s refreshing to find Ambrose employing the tradition, taking it back and bringing it forward, … offering something different in what often seems to be a world of clones.” (Will Smith – JazzTimes on Whatever Happens SCCD 31617) “ Ari Ambrose's Waiting (Steeplechase … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Free Admission (SCCD 31746)

Vic Juris’ new album continues in the highly acclaimed guitar trio configuration of his earlier release “Omega Is The Alpha” SCCD 31696 , on which John Kelman of AAJ remarked, “…. That Juris is working in an open-ended trio setting with two players of like-minded intent and similarly undervalued status, only makes Omega is the Alpha an even more exceptional album. …. it's also a sure bet as one of this year's finest guitar sets.” “…. Juris is a favourite among guitarists, in part because his exceptional technique is all but masked by his dedication to playing interesting things …” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD) 1. Congeniality (Ornette … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Listen Here (SCCD 31723)

Guitarist Vic Juris has assembled another organ trio this time with Brian Charette at the keyboard to showcase his ever-evolving musicality in this format. His previous organ trio album “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (SCCD 31553) from 2004 attracted attention of Aaron Steinberg from JazzTimes who commented, “…. convincingly played, very impressive recording …” “ Guitar-watchers should take note of this impressive and adventurous player ” (Duck Baker – JazzTimes on “Songbook” SCCD 31483) 1. Listen Here (Eddie Harris)2. Victim (Vic Juris)3. My Shining Hour (Harry Arlen)4. Only The Lonely (Jimmy Van Heusen)5. Southside (Vic Juris)6. Eddie Who (Vic Juris)7. Turquoise (Vic Juris)8. Israel (Johnny Carisi)9. Sun Burn (Vic Juris)10. … 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

Russ Spiegel – Chimera (SCCD 31622)

SteepleChase is proud to introduce Russ Spiegel, an immensely talented guitarist/composer on this his label debut album. “ Another exciting SteepleChase discovery is unveiled! ” (Mark Gardner) 1. Chimera (Russ Spiegel)2. Polychrome World (Russ Spiegel)3. The Last March (Russ Spiegel)4. Cherokee (Ray Noble)5. Wo Bleibt Die Seele (Russ Spiegel)6. Good Night (Russ Spiegel)7. Herr Boehnke (Russ Spiegel) UPC/EAN: 716043162222 … Continue reading