Scott Lee – Leaving (SCCD 31687)

Bill Smith of JazzTimes comments on Lee’s previous release “One Thought” (SCCD.) ,” Leader and bassist Scott Lee offers simple yet thought-provoking music on the aptly titled One Thought…. Those who feel that jazz is losing its creative edge should hear this album and other basically mainstream offerings of the last few years .” 1. Taxed (Scott Lee)2. Two Ways (Scott Lee)3. Musing (Scott Lee)4. JGB (Scott Lee)5. Old Friends Talking (Scott Lee)6. Choice (Scott Lee)7. The Connection (Scott Lee)8. Leaving (Scott Lee)9. Drummersome (Scott Lee)10. What's Up (Scott Lee)11. Shamrock (Scott Lee) UPC/EAN: 716043168729 … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – Moments (SCCD 31642)

Allaboutjazz’s Elliott Simon remarked on LaSpina’s 2004 album “Remember When”, “ There can be something very special about a bassist-led session. Perhaps it is their knowledge of both time and melody that, when coupled with the rich emotional sound of their instrument, results in some of the most creative jazz ….” Once again Steve LaSpina through his sophisticated writing is presenting here an exceptional work. 1. Sometime Soon (Steve LaSpina)2. Tuesday Too (Steve LaSpina)3. Slow Down (Steve LaSpina)4. It's Just A Riff In G (Steve LaSpina)5. Life In No Lane (Steve LaSpina)6. You (Steve LaSpina)7. Moments (Steve LaSpina)8. Why (Steve LaSpina)9. In Place Of (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043164226 … 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

Steve LaSpina – Play Room (SCCD 31590)

SCCD 31590 “There can be something very special about a bassist-led session…their knowledge of both time and melody … coupled with the rich emotional sound of their instrument, results in some of the most creative jazz….”, remarked Elliott Simon (All About Jazz) on LaSpina’s previous CD “Remember When” (SCCD 31540), which at the same time was emotionally taxing for Steve. Two years later Steve LaSpina cuts this impressively thoughtful album with renewed energy and enthusiasm. 1. Play Room (Steve LaSpina)2. Do The Math (Steve LaSpina)3. Suite (Steve LaSpina)4. Melissa (Steve LaSpina)5. On The Run (Steve LaSpina)6. Ashcroft Avenue (Steve LaSpina)7. Just Because (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043159024 … 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

Dave Ballou – On This Day (SCCD 31504)

SCCD 31503 On This Day / Dave Ballou Quintet Improvisation is, according to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, “ the spontaneous creation of music as it is performed ” and that’s what Dave Ballou and his working band are offering here.. “… I have always wondered what could happen when improvisers are given the freedom to improvise – no set forms or changes or even melodies. That was the environment of this recording session .” (Dave Ballou) 1. Robin and treebeard (Dave Ballou)2. … Of Things Unseen (Dave Ballou)3. Tangolina (Dave Ballou)4. PL (Dave Ballou)5. Faith (Dave Ballou)6. Spazalbabble (Dave Ballou)7. NH (Dave Ballou)8. On this day (Dave Ballou)9. … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – The Bounce (SCCD 31502)

SCCD 31502 The Bounce / Steve LaSpina Quintet Since 1992 composer/bassist Steve LaSpina has been regularly releasing leader albums with consistently high quality. For his 7 th CD on SteepleChase Steve returned to the studio with the same group as his 1997 recording of “When Children Smile” (SCCD 31410) of which JazzTimes’ reviewer Bill Bennett wrote, “ This is an impressively thoughtful offering from a bassist often found in the company of thoughtful musicians. As a bassist, LaSpina evokes a wonderful sound, bent to the task by a solid time concept and intonation… .” 1. The bounce (Steve LaSpina)2. Only now (Steve LaSpina)3. My one and only love (Mellin/Woods)4. Seven … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Shades Of Miles (SCCD 31480)

SCCD 31480 Shades Of Miles / Dave Stryker Dave Stryker, who is ever striving to meet a new challenge, re-examines here on his 12 th album on the label, the impact of Miles Davis’ music from the late 60s. Based on the sound and format of Miles’ “Bitches Brew” period, Stryker creates intriguing music of his own. In the linernotes, renowned tenorman David Liebman comments, ”… Dave Stryker and his band have created a wonderful and joyous palette of sound for you to enjoy with the ghost of the Prince of Darkness looming in the shadows. I could imagine Miles listening and voicing his approval of this recording. Enjoy!! ” … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – Distant Dream (SCCD 31448)

1. The Clouds (Steve LaSpina)2. First Light (Steve LaSpina)3. Distant Dream (Steve LaSpina)4. As Time Passes (Steve LaSpina)5. No Exit (Steve LaSpina)6. Serenity (Steve LaSpina)7. New Day (Steve LaSpina)8. And Then (Steve LaSpina)9. When It's Time Again (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043144822 … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – When Children Smile (SCCD 31419)

SCCD 31419 When Children Smile / Steve LaSpina Bassist/composer Steve LaSpina returned to studio with his regular group plus a new trumpet talent Dave Ballou to create a captivating programme of original performance on his fifth CD for SteepleChase. 1. When children smile (Steve LaSpina)2. Solar (Miles Davis)3. There Is No Moon At All (Steve LaSpina)4. Under a spell (Steve LaSpina)5. Ramblin' (Ornette Coleman)6. Cosenza (Steve LaSpina)7. Your heart alone (Steve LaSpina)8. Tailspin (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043141920 … Continue reading