Stanley Cowell “No Illusions” (SCCD 31828)

SCCD 31828 Stanley Cowell “No Illusions” New Release, shipping June 15, 2017 Pianist/composer Stanley Cowell at age 75 is having an on-going renaissance as a performer since his retirement from Rutgers University in 2013. The group presented here is scheduled to have a three-night stint at New York City’s renowned live jazz spot Smokes in May. This is Cowell’s 15th release from SteepleChase. “…Cowell’s recording career now spans more than thirty years….an impressive consistency of purpose and the highest level of musical thought.” (Richard Cook & Brian Morton – The Penguin Guide to Jazz) STANLEY COWELL piano, thumb piano, Kyma Bruce Williams alto saxophone, flute Jay Anderson bass Billy Drummond … Continue reading

Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827)

New Releases March 2017 Shipping March 10 SCCD 31827 Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” Burgeoning vocalist/composer/lyricist Allegra Levy grabbed attention of critics and public with her 2014 debut album “Lonely City” SCCD 33118. Allen Morrison of Downbeat remarked, “Allegra Levy has a pleasing alto, a sultry delivery and a propensity to swing. Her debut album, Lonely City, is consistently engaging.” “Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent.” (Christopher Loudon – JazzTimes) Here on her new album, Allegra teamed-up with a powerhouse quintet tells her stories in both contemporary … Continue reading

Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” (SCCD 31826)

SCCD 31826 Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” Mike Richmond, Grammy Award-winning bassist with vast experience with leaders such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Jack DeJohnette, Gil Evans, Chet Baker to mention a few, leads here his own group with cello as his instrument for the first time. Cello as a jazz instrument is still a rarity but its history goes back to the 50s when Oscar Pettiford broke new ground. Richmond put together this all-Pettiford-composition album to honor the pioneer. “…Dance for Andy is one of those rare CDs that sustain interest through a 70-minute-plus duration.” (Richard Cook & Brian Morton – The Penguin Guide on SCCD 31267) “Richmond … Continue reading

Freddie Redd "With Due Respect" (SCCD 31817)

SCCD 31817 Freddie Redd “With Due Respect” One of the handful of surviving original hard-boppers Freddie Redd is turning 88 this month. The famed composer of the 60’s iconic off-Broadway play The Connection Redd ’s recording career has been, however, sporadic despite his great talent. His trio album “Music For You” (SCCD 31796) in 2014, the first in almost three decades rectified this trend following the precursory 2012 release of “Music Forever” (SCCD 31743) a tribute album to Redd’s music by altoist Chris Byars’ Octet. On this new album Redd presides over a sextet of much younger generations as performer and composer of old and new compositions embodied here to … Continue reading

Peter Zak "Standards" (SCCD 31815)

SCCD 31815 Peter Zak “Standards” Peter Zak presents himself here as a pianist in his inherently natural format of a piano trio performing “Standard” tunes. Michael Bailey of AAJ commented on Zak’s previous release The Disciple SCCD 31771 that “… The smarter artists, like Zak, add a program or theme to their recordings, something that gives an otherwise disparate collection of pieces some continuity or integrity.” The program or theme on this album is the standards interpreted and performed for here and now in order to give them a lasting life. PETER ZAK piano JAY ANDERSON bass BILLY DRUMMOND drums Recorded December 2014 1 MOON AND SAND (Alex Wilder) 7:57 … Continue reading

Andy Fusco Quintet "Whirlwind" (SCCD 31811)

SCCD 31811 Andy Fusco Quintet “Whirlwind” Veteran altoist Andy Fusco makes his belated SteepleChase leader debut here with this 2003 quintet recording showcasing his intense and strong command of the instrument in the bebop tradition. Growing up in New Jersey his interests were music and football. He first studied at the Syracuse University with football scholarship. After almost making it to NFL Fusco diverted his attention to music and landed the lead altosax post at the Buddy Rich Big Band (1978-1983). He has performed and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis and Walt Weiskopf, to mention a few. Fusco is also a dedicated educator currently a member of the Music … Continue reading

Stanley Cowell Trio – Reminiscent – (SCCD 31809)

SCCD 31809 Stanley Cowell Trio “Reminiscent” Since his retirement in 2013 from the professorship at the prestigious Rutgers University, where he led its jazz department, pianist/composer/educator Stanley Cowell has been increasingly active on the scene both in concerts and recordings. This new album with a featured program of Christmas melodies (Xmas Suite) will be introduced to the audience at New York’s Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. “…it’s a great pleasure to hear Stanley Cowell’s It’s Time: a finely crafted collection of mostly originals that is at once sophisticated, both aggressive and pensive, and simply fascinating to listen to.” (Greg Simmons – AAJ on “It’s Time” SCCD 31740) STANLEY COWELL piano, … Continue reading

Freddie Redd – Music For You (SCCD 31796)

SCCD 31796 Freddie Redd “Music For You” Due to his sporadic career Freddie Redd has kept a low profile for the last several decades. His name, however, stayed in people’s memory as the composer for the haunting music that accompanied The Connection (1959), a controversial play written by Jack Gelber. One of the last of classic bop generation, Freddie Redd  at the age of 86, fragile yet debonair, still performs with lyrical clarity and sensitivity on this superb trio recording. There’ll Never Be Another You Blues For You How High The Moon All The Things You Are Cherokee Round About Midnight Perdido Lover Man I’ll Remember April UPC/EAN: 716043179626 … Continue reading

Burak Bedikyan Quartet – Leap Of Faith (SCCD 33119)

SCCD 33119 Burak Bedikyan Quartet “Leap Of Faith”  One of Turkey’s leading pianists Burak Bedikyan has been rapidly establishing himself as a star player on the international jazz scene since the release of his first SteepleChase Lookout album “Circle Of Life” SCCD 33109 (2013). For his second album here Bedikyan further showcases an exciting process of on-going development as a performer and composer with unique musical background. “This is an interesting overture for the Turkish newcomer, but it sounds like there’s much more in reserve.” (John Fordham – The Guardian on “Circle Of Life”) “Burak Bedikyan takes charge of the finest quartet recording for 2013, Circle Of Life… Bedikyan is … Continue reading